Alfa Romeo

March 1st, 2013 | 0 Comments | Alfa Romeo

The history of Alfa Romeo is one of two the greatness and mediocrity. Although well known to Americans for decades for its sporting and elegant cars, declining sales eventually led the company to stop importing cars to the United States. However, Alfa Romeo is set to return in the US for 2014. Alfa Romeo’s history actually began with a bit of French lineage, having been originally founded by French entrepreneur Alexandre Darracq using Italian investors for capital and the company based in Milan, Italy. Initially debuting as Società Anonima Italiana Darracq, the company struggled through its early years. In 1910 a new company debuted under the new name of ALFA, which stood for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili. These principles Alfas quickly gained a reputation for cutting-edge engineering and design, key attributes confirmed by many motor racing victories.

Napolitano Nicola Romeo took over the company in 1915 and its name was later added to the automaker’s brand. Throughout the 1920s, ’30s and’ 40s, Alfa Romeo produced a number of desirable careers, sports, and big cars. Enzo Ferrari was a racing driver for Alfa for the 20s before switching to management Alfa racing team. He left the company in 1937 and eventually founded his own sports car company in the mid-’40s. As for Alpha, the company nearly went bankrupt and was taken over by the government in early 1930.

Highlights from that time include the P3, the 8C 6C 2300 and the various models over the years. Apart from an interruption of production in the mid-’40s, due to World War II, the pace continued through the 1950s and 60s, with highlights of these decades as the Giulietta, Giulia Spider Duetto. The latter, a two-seat roadster that continued into the 90s with minimal changes, rose to fame in the states through which the film leaned Graduate in 1967 and starring a young Dustin Hoffman driving the sleek sports car . About two decades later, a less expensive version of Spider-called happy graduates was sold by the spider.

Alfa Romeo Logo

Alfa Romeo Logo

The 1970s, 80s, and 90s, however, were not so glorious in the US Although Alfa Romeo was still proving elegant sports and Grand Tourism cars, like the spider, energetic GTV sports coupes and luxury sedans 164, Control of dubious quality and questionable reliability doomed company sales here. Fiat took over the company in 1986, but that did not help much. Consequently, Alfa Romeo withdrew from the US market in 1995 when the company was definitely still alive and well in Europe especially.

2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Things have improved since then, and Alfa Romeo fortified briefly reappeared in the states in 2008. That year, 84 examples of its limited production, V8 sports car Maserati 8C were made available. As quickly as it had come, it disappeared again. But Alfa Romeo is set to return to the United States for 2014, this time with more than 84 cars for sale to US fans. This will happen more tangible comeback in a big way, as it will usher in the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C, a small sports car mid-engine. Incredibly light curb weight, combined with a feisty, 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a well-balanced chassis, but all thrilling performance guarantee. Production of road burner $0,000 plus will initially be limited to just 1,200 for the American market.


Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.