33 Spider “Cuneo” - 1971


Directly derived from the Sport racing vehicle, in 1968 Alfa Romeo marketed the 33 Stradale with the splendid body designed by Franco Scaglione. However, the prestige of the mechanics would soon attract other designers, in a time when “dream cars” with futuristic and bold lines were the main focus of Motor Shows all around the world. After Bertone’s Carabo, Pininfarina’s P33 Roadsters and 33/2 Coupé Speciale, and Italdesign’s Iguana, Pininfarina interpreted the Alfa chassis one last time in Brussels, in 1971, with the 33 Spider, which was later baptized “Cuneo” in Alfa Romeo. For this prototype, Paolo Martin used the chassis that had already given rise to the P33 Roadster, whose coachwork was completely dismantled and replaced by a perfect wedge shape, with tense and edgy lines, where the wide, inclined windshield and the simple roll bar that also supports the cover of the exhaust tips, really stand out.
Engine Rear, vertical, longitudinal, 8 90° V-shaped cylinders, cylinder block and heads in light-alloy, double overhead camshaft with chain control
Cylinder capacity cc 1995 (mm 78x52,2)
Maximum power 230 hp at 8800 rpm
Maximum speed Km/h 195
Vehicles produced 1

After his experience in the family company, Battista “Pinin” Farina went his own way in 1930, founding a now-legendary brand, the very emblem of Italian style on four wheels. First came the quest for elegance and aerodynamics before World War II, and then the big challenges of the post-war era, from the “anti show” in Paris to the company’s transformation into a large industry, which by then carried the name of “Pininfarina”. In the meantime, with the launch of the Cisitalia 202, all rules had been broken, and, thanks to the union between the great Italian coachbuilding tradition and the demands of large-scale production, a new idea of style came to life. From the 6Cs of the pre-war period to the Giulietta Spider, from the “Duetto” to the 164, it would be impossible to count all the successes of the collaboration between Alfa Romeo and Pininfarina, which stood strong against all the big changes, innovated, amazed, and gave birth to timeless masterpieces.

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