Techno Classica Essen, some models from Alfa Romeo Museum

4/6/2016 10:00 AM

From 6 to 10 April the German town of Essen will host a prestigious event dedicated to vintage vehicles. Among the participants is Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo whith some precious models from Museo Storico Alfa Romeo
Launch of the 28th edition of "Techno Classica" hosted in Gruga Hallen (Essen) and ready to welcome fans and exhibitors from around the world. FCA will attend the event, confirming its interest in this sector. In particular, the public can admire several historical models of the Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Abarth brands together with the latest current production models. It is the best way to strongly reiterate the uniqueness of each brand in the international arena, a heritage of cars and designers, races and engines, style and innovation that have marked technological progress and the sporting events of the twentieth century.
Alfa Romeo's collection focuses on its sports saloons, a concept that the Italian brand itself invented and which has now been updated and upgraded with the new Giulia. Visitors to the Essen show can see some precious models from the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese called "La macchina del tempo": the 1900 (1950), the Giulia TI Super (1963), the 75 Turbo Evoluzione (1987) and the 156 D2 "SuperTurismo" (1998). Alongside these rarities is a captivating Giulia Quadrifoglio, the quintessence of the new Alfa Romeo style.
The sports saloon concept originated back in 1950 with the 1900 (L4, 1884 cc, 80 HP) which opened the way to a new era for the brand. Alfa Romeo's first car built entirely on a production line, it was also the first to be designed according to industrial criteria, including the monocoque, and the first with a four-cylinder engine developed for mass production. The most significant features of the 1900 are its dynamic performance characteristics. Speed, road holding, handling and active safety made this model the first high-performance three-box saloon (it was also highly appreciated by private drivers).
In 1963, the Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super further developed the concept of "sports saloon". Built in 501 units, it is the ready-to-race version of the Giulia, with the 4-cylinder 1.6 litre engine increased to 112 HP lightened by a hundred or so kilos and with a top speed of 190 km/h. Another star of the German show will be the 1987 Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evolution (L4, 1762 cc, 155 HP, turbo) that, similarly to what happened 24 years before with the Giulia TI Super, was produced in a limited edition of 500 units specifically made for type approval in "Group A" of the Touring Car category. The rules of touring cars changed a decade later. Since 1998, Alfa Romeo has raced the so-called Class 2 version of the 156 model (L4, 1995 cc, 310 HP). And so, tradition continues. Like the 1900, the Giulia and the 75, the 156 confirmed the winning concept of "sports saloon" that we find today in the brand-new Giulia.

Finally, two vintage models will be on display at "Techno Classica" in Essen: the Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider "Duetto" and the Giulia Sprint GTA, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of two important events in the brand's history. In fact, in 1966 the Alfa Romeo Spider, the famous "Duetto", made its début. It was the renowned two-seater driven by Dustin Hoffman in the cult movie "The Graduate". And in that same year Alfa Romeo won the European Touring Car Championship for the first time with the Giulia Sprint GTA, and clinched a repeat victory the following year. The GTA soon became the undisputed queen of touring racing. In addition, also in 1966 it set another record: it was the first touring car to complete the Nürburgring circuit in less than 10 minutes. With De Adamich-Zeccoli, the Autodelta coupé finished the Nordschleife in 9'59".

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