Tuesday, September 14, 2010

1967 Alfa Romeo Gran Sport Quattroruote

This is a real 1967 Alfa Romeo. It's not a fiberglass replica, it's not a kit car. Back in 1967 you could, I assume, buy this in any European Alfa Romeo dealership.

There is not a lot written about this car, but from what I can tell, it was inspired by an article in the Italian car magazine, "Quattroruote". The car was a replica of the 1930s 1750 Gran Sport, but used a 4 cylinder engine instead of a 6 used in the original car.

Alfa commissioned Zagato to build this car. They had planned to build and sell 100 of them, but just 92 were built.

The Quattroruote was hand-built around a Giulia floorpan and mechanicals. The body is made of aluminum, with the chassis being constructed in the traditional way using Zagato's tubular framework.

This is not my type of car, but I just find this fascinating. Imagine if car companies did this today. Think of all the great cars you'd love to see built "new" again by their original manufacturer. (All of the various regulations in place today would prevent that from ever happening, but Nissan came close to doing it in the late 1990s. They purchased original 1969 - 1972 240Zs and had them restored to original factory specs. They then sold them through dealerships - with a warranty - for around $25,000.00. It was an absolutely brilliant idea.)

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3 comments:

Max Power said...

Wow...I am a huge Alfa fan and I had no idea that they did this back in the 60's. You could say that the 'new' DeLorean company is doing the same thing that Nissan did with the first generation Z car.

Ray said...

I owned one of these autos imported it to us in 1970 after storing it for 16 years sold it for 8000 as needed the cash for sick Kid.If you were to look at 1960 nomale alfa then you would see the Idea behind this body.
Was the koolist car to drive around 1700 lb great on gas 37mpg would go faster in four than fifth gear. A real head turner in Italy. Not so much here in states.

Administrateur said...

Hi Alfa's fan, i'm born in an Alfa... now i need Morgan or this Alfa 1750, can you send me links for this ?

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