The Alfa Romeo Storico promises to be an awesome event.
So we asked our curator Leo Van Hoorick which out of the three top players he believes will outshine at the exhibition. Discover his choice below:
Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Coupe by Ghia from 1954
This is a rare and significant special-bodied Alfa Romeo of quality and style, with a striking and futuristic design by Giovanni Savonuzzi. It reflects many of the advanced aerodynamic ideas that Savonuzzi was developing at the time. Reportedly one of 9 produced and only 6 remaining, all with different styling. Similar bodies were also utilised for a few Fiat 8V’s and 3 Jaguars XK 140’s.
Alfa Romeo TZ from 1963
TZ stands for Tubolare Zagato, referring to the tubular spaceframe chassis. This model was developed by Autodelta, Alfa’s competition department. It was fitted with the aluminium 4-cylinder 1570cc double overhead camshaft engine. The road-going version developed 112bhp, whereas the competition version boasted in excess of 160bhp. Thanks to its aluminium bodywork its total weight was limited to 660 kg. Top speed was over the 210 km/h mark. The truncated rear, a Spada style feature, is known as Coda Tronca. 112 models were built between 1963 and 1965. The TZ2 followed in 1965, sporting a fibreglass bodywork. Of these a mere 12 models were built.
Alfa Romeo Montreal from 1972
In the late ‘60s the Italian design houses such as Pininfarina, Bertone and Ghia were entirely focussed on concept cars. Occasionally one made it to the showroom. Such as this Montreal which was launched in 1970, although more than three years earlier the design house Bertone had revealed it at the Montreal Exhibition in 1967. Even though the young Marcello Gandini was obliged to somewhat adapt his beautiful design for practical requirements, it remained a dazzling sight. While the prototype had to make do with the Giulla Ti’s 1.6 four-cylinder unit, the production version was given a complex 2.6-liter V8 developing near on 200bhp. Unfortunately, the Montreal was more expensive than a Porsche 911 or Jaguar E-Type and was not a commercial success.