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Little Classics News: 24 June 2014

Alfa Romeo to Send a Feast of Classics to Festival of Speed

Toine Hezemans, European Touring Car Champion 1972Yet another manufacturer has announced an impressive line-up of old metal and new for Goodwood Festival of Speed, showing off their design, style, history and future. This time it’s the much loved and soulful Alfa Romeo who gives us a glimpse of what special classics they’ll be sending up the famous 1.16-mile hill-climb course.

For the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, there will be eight Alfa Romeo cars present: Five from the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo, representing the brand’s rich racing and engineering heritage. The event is also a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, unveiled at the 1954 Turin Motor Show.

So let’s have a look at the classic cars Alfa Romeo will be running…

Gran Premio Tipo B P3 (1932)

1932 Alfa Romeo Tipo B ‘P3’ - Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014

The Alfa Romeo Tipo B, better known as the P3, is one of Vittorio Jano's masterpieces. Standout technical features of the legendary single-seater racer include its dual-supercharged 8C straight-eight engine and an innovative rear suspension which helped it out-handle its competition. All the most famous drivers of the 30s have sat behind the wheel of Tipo B cars: Nuvolari, Varzi, Caracciola, Trossi, Chiron and Moll all tasted victory in major international competitions in 1932 and 1933.

Engine: 8 cylinders in line, 2,654cc, twin-camshaft, dual supercharger
Power: 212hp at 5600 rpm
Top speed: 232mph

Gran Premio Tipo 159 Alfetta (1951)

1951 Alfa Romeo Tipo 159 Alfetta - Goodwood Festival of Speed

Juan Manuel Fangio won the first of his five F1 World Championship titles in 1951 behind the wheel of the single-seater Alfa Romeo 159 Alfetta. An evolution of the 158, which claimed the first World Champion in 1950 in the hands of Giuseppe “Nino” Farina, the 159 adopts a more sophisticated De Dion rear axle, improved aerodynamics and an upgraded, straight-eight 1.5-litre engine with dual-stage supercharger which could produce a peak output of up to 450hp.

Engine: 8 cylinders in line, 1,479 cc, twin-shaft dual-stage supercharger
Power: 425hp (up to 450hp) at 9,300 rpm
Top speed: 189 mph
Bodywork: Assembled by Zagato

750 Competizione (1955)

1955 Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione - 2014 Goodwood Festival

The Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione is a two-seater racing car that was designed to compete in the 1.5-litre sports car class. Its 1,488cc engine is derived from the contemporary "Giulietta" and produces an astonishing 145hp which, together with its particularly low weight, would have made the vehicle highly competitive had it ever competed. Sadly, the project never reached its full potential and what is coming to Goodwood is only one of two ever built and the only car in full working order.

Engine: 4 cylinders in line, 1,488 cc, twin-camshaft
Power: 145hp at 9,500 rpm
Top speed: 137mph
Bodywork: Boano

Giulietta SZ Coda Tronca (1960)

1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Coda Tronca - Goodwood Festival

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ (Sprint Zagato) is one of the most performance-oriented versions of the original Giulietta, as well as the rarest – only 30 were ever built in Coda Tronca (stub-tail) guise. It is capable of reaching 200km/h (124mph) - an astonishing speed when you consider it was powered by a little 1.3 litre engine. However, this was Alfa Romeo’s legendary twin-cam 1.3-litre which produced 100hp and which, when combined with the aluminium, aerodynamic Zagato body and ultra-low 740kg weight, resulted in impressive performance and handling, making it a favourite car for gentlemen drivers in the 1960s.

Engine: 4 cylinders in line, 1,290 cc, twin camshaft
Power: 100hp at 6,500 rpm
Top speed: 124mph
Bodywork: Zagato

GTA 1300 Junior (1971)

1971 Alfa Romeo GTA Junior - Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014

The Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior incorporates some of the most advanced engineering of the late 1960s. Evolved from the original 1.6-ltire GTA of 1965 and using technologies such as direct injection and dual ignition, Autodelta (Alfa Romeo’s racing division) was able to squeeze 170hp from its 1.3-litre, normally aspirated, twin-camshaft engine. The GTA went on to claim the European Touring Car Championship for Alfa Romeo in 1971 and 1972, while the 1300 Junior which retained the aluminium body, with the later addition of flared wheel arches, was also successfully raced particularly in the hands of Toine Hezemans, "The Flying Dutchman", who will be reunited with it at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Engine: 4 cylinders in line, 1,290 cc, twin camshaft, dual ignition, direct injection
Power: 170hp at 8,200 rpm
Top speed: 137mph
Bodywork: Bertone


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