31 August 2023

Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale returns

Alfa Romeo is delighted to announce the return of the legendary 33 Stradale, an icon of the 1960s, reputed by many to be one of the most beautiful cars of all time, and derived directly from the Tipo 33 – once a big name in world motorsport.

A project that respectfully celebrates the brand’s history and takes it forward into the future. The new 33 Stradale acts as the ideal link between the internal combustion engines of the past and the electric future, achieved by scrupulously and respectfully reinterpreting the stylistic features of the 1967 33 Stradale. A car that takes on the role of the Alfa Romeo manifesto and anticipates certain details from the brand’s future.

The 1967 33 Stradale was derived directly from the Tipo 33, the monarch of world motorsport in that era. Project 33 marked Alfa Romeo's return to racing, led by the brand’s then President Giuseppe Eugenio Luraghi and by Carlo Chiti of Autodelta, the newly formed racing department. The time trial at Fléron, near Liège, was chosen for its debut. The driver was the chief tester at Autodelta, Teodoro Zeccoli. On March 12th, 1967, the 33 entered the world of competitions. And it scored an immediate victory, in the first in a long line of successes on the most prestigious circuits that would take it to the roof of the world, with victories in the Championship for Makes in 1975 and ’77. 

1967 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

On the wave of sporting enthusiasm, Alfa Romeo decided to produce the 33 in a very limited edition for private individuals, as a custom-built car that combined the performance of the Tipo 33 racing car with comfort and drivability suitable for everyday use. The design was entrusted to Franco Scaglione, who put all his technical expertise and creative daring into the design of the 33 Stradale, resulting in a masterpiece where innovation in style blends with the quest for aerodynamics and functionality. The design of the 1967 33 Stradale, the quintessence of beauty in a car, is almost impossible to describe: its expressions were the balance of its forms, the purity of its lines, the elegance of its every detail. Between 1967 and 1969, only 18 specimens were produced, one of which is kept today at the Museum in Arese, making it an extremely rare piece much coveted by collectors. Six of these chassis were used to make prototypes, which anticipated two decades of automotive design: the Carabo (1968), the P33 Roadster GS (1968), the 33/2 Coupé Speciale (1969), the Cuneo (1971), the Iguana (1969), and the Navajo (1976). In short, the 33 Stradale is a legendary model that has marked not only the history of Alfa Romeo, but also that of Italian design.

Text source: Alfa Romeo press office

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