Even today, to many people the Alfa Romeo Giulia is synonymous with Alfa itself. It was certainly a legendary car and a fundamental one to the brand. It first appeared as the heir to the apparently irreplaceable Giulietta, but it was able to repeat its predecessor’s success, turning the motoring world into turmoil. From comments in the press on the eve of the new car’s presentation in 1962, the word that recurred more than any other was “originality”: a new design that was at first controversial and later loved unreservedly, new technological developments and higher performance. And the Arese factory at which it was built was also new. The Giulia dominated the market until 1977, but even after that it never left the hearts of enthusiasts. The car’s history, the versions, its motor sport career and pictures of an epoch are all between the covers of this book. As is a “small guide” for those who acquire now or are “returning” to this great Alfa Romeo.
At the time, little was recorded about the activities of Alfa Romeo’s World Championship-winning Sports Racing car, the Tipo 33. The model had a long career, as a factory car as well as in private hands from 1967 until 1977. The great Italian motor sport engineer Carlo Chiti designed and ran a prolific number of different models of this Tipo. Unfortunately nothing of the history of these developments was documented at the time, but the authors have managed, after intense investigation and numerous personal interviews, to uncover much about this marvelous sports prototype. The fruits of their labors abound, manifesting as many previously unseen photographs and the personal recollections of the prime movers in the Tipo 33’s career.
The history of Alfa from its origins to 1923 and a dutiful tribute to Giuseppe Merosi, first designer, and to Nicola Romeo who, with his organizational intuition, launched the factory towards a victorious rise.
The book is the story of the improbable partnership between entities that could not have been more different. It’s a portrait of future Formula One owner Bernie Ecclestone in his early years, when he strives to succeed with his own team but at the same time begins to eye a greater prize. It’s the story of an allegiance of circumstance between improbable allies that hides a tumultuous clash in racing philosophies and working mentalities, a rivalry between the British and the Italian factions inside the same team where reciprocal suspicion is king and the only aspect they share is their unwavering drive to success. And success they achieve – despite all their differences and the irrational politicking that goes on at all times within Alfa Romeo.
Everything is known about the life and miracles performed by the Alfa Romeo GTA: this book wants to tell the least known part of the story about the car- its project, its technical side, the evolution it has known over the years - up to to get to his incredible palmarès, unique in the history of auto sport. History, technical data, chassis numbers, test drive and impressions.