🇮🇹 The Beauty And The Beast 1968 Alfa Romeo 33/2 Stradale 2.0 V8 230 hp
The 39-inch tall alfa romeo 33/2 stradale won the coppa d’oro at the concorso d’eleganza villa d’este which is voted for by the public.
The 1968 model, just one of twelve made, entered class D — a new world, new ideas: the story of the GT — and wondered with its spectacular body shrouding and doors that opened sky high. the mid-engine, sports coupe was, unsurprisingly, sculpted by the great italian coachmaker scaglione. underneath the lightweight exterior, it holds a V8 engine that produces 1,996 cc and 230 hp at 8,800 hp.
In the mid-1960s, Autodelta, Alfa Romeo’s competition department, was successful with the GTAm, a supercharged coupé that was a regular feature of touring car races. However, the brand wanted to enter the sport-prototype category. Presiding over the destiny of Autodelta, Carlo Chiti set to work and the result was the Tipo 33, a fairly modern car with a tube-frame chassis and a V8 engine of only 2 litres displacement mounted in the rear. Weighing only about 700 kg unladen, the 33, with its 250 to 270 bhp (depending on the engine configuration), was very quick. Thirty examples were produced and it took part in numerous competitions.
Buoyed by the success of his racing car, Chiti thought of developing a road version. He turned to the designer Franco Scaglione for his line. The 33 Stradale was unveiled at the 1967 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Italian car was beautiful, but mechanically had been toned down for road use. But not by as much as you’d think, as its four-cam V8 still developed 230 hp and allowed it to reach 260 km/h. Sold at a very high price (even more than a Lamborghini Miura!), the 33 Stradale was destined to remain a rare vehicle. In two years of production, only 18 cars left the Autodelta workshops, where they were built entirely by hand.
The Swiss collector Albert Spiess is the owner of the rare treasure finished in bright red paintwork. He received the trophy in the garden of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este accompanied by applause from the public. Spiess’s passion for collecting primarily concentrates on Italian rare treasures and this is not his first major success at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Often considered one of the most beautiful cars ever made, it has become a much sought after “unicorn” by the world’s greatest collectors. Its value is estimated at between 12 and 15 million euros!