It was exactly 100 years ago when Ugo Stella along with some investors established a Milan-based company called A.L.F.A (Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili). The foundation of A.L.F.A was first laid by the SAID company or Società Anonima Italiana Darracq. SAID was formed in 1906 and it was set up by France’s Alexandre Darracq and some investors including Ugo Stella.
SAID did produce cars like the Darracq 8/10 HP but sales were not doing well, which led to the formation of A.L.F.A. The company produced it’s first car, the A.L.F.A 24 HP in 1910 which was also raced in the 1911 Targa Florio. The car featured a 4.0 litre 4-cylinder engine which made 42hp. Ten years later the name of the company was changed to Alfa Romeo and the first car to use that designation was the 67hp Torpedo 20/30 HP.
Many years later in 1986 the company was suffering from financial turmoil and was subsequently taken over by the Fiat group and it continues to remain under the group’s umbrella. Today Alfa Romeo is going strong and is famously known as a very enthusiast-centric car maker, with gorgeous looking cars such as the 159, GT, Brera, Spider and the cute little MiTo. However Alfa Romeo cars are also known for notorious unreliability, nevertheless its something Alfa Romeo seems to be keeping in check these days.
Right here in Malaysia, an Alfa Romeo club called ItaliaAuto held a Centenary Celebration Drive event which saw up to 70 Alfa Romeos drive up to Awana Genting via the Ulu Yam route, which offered beautiful curvaceous roads. The drive event was flagged off from Sime Darby AutoConnexion’s brand new showroom at Jalan Ipoh yesterday morning. Among the cars that graced the event was a rather special, white colored 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider. Also part of the classic Alfa Romeo movement was a 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 and a 1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Super.
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