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  Alfa Romeo 159 'Alfetta'
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1951
Numbers built:4
Designed by:Gioacchino Colombo for Alfa Corse
Predecessor:Alfa Romeo 158 'Alfetta'
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 01, 2006
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Engine
Configuration Straight 8
Location Front, longitudinally mounted
Construction alloy block and head
Displacement 1,479 cc / 90.3 cu in
Bore / Stroke 58.0 mm (2.3 in) / 70.0 mm (2.8 in)
Compression 6.5:1
Valvetrain 2 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed Carburettor
Aspiration Twin Roots-Type Superchargers
Power 425 bhp / 317 KW @ 9,600 rpm
BHP/Liter 287 bhp / liter

Drivetrain
Chassis aluminium body panels on steel tubular chassis
Front suspension trailing links, transverse leaf spring, friction/hydraulic shock absorbers
Rear suspension DeDion axle, transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, friction/hydraulic shock absorbers
Steering worm-and-sector
Brakes Lockheed hydraulic drums, all-round
Gearbox 4 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive

Dimensions
Weight 710 kilo / 1,565 lbs
Length / Width / Height 4,280 mm (168.5 in) / 1,473 mm (58 in) / 1,164 mm (45.8 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2,502 mm (98.5 in) / 1,250 mm (49.2 in) / 1,250 mm (49.2 in)

Performance figures
Power to weight 0.6 bhp / kg
Top Speed 310 km/h (193 mph)

Race history
Major wins
1951 Swiss Grand Prix (Juan Manuel Fangio)
1951 Ulster Trophy (Giuseppe 'Nino' Farina)
1951 Belgian Grand Prix (Giuseppe 'Nino' Farina)
1951 French Grand Prix (Juan Manuel Fangio / Luigi Fagioli)
1951 Bari Grand Prix (Juan Manuel Fangio)
1951 Spanish Grand Prix (Juan Manuel Fangio)
1953 Merano Grand Prix (Juan Manuel Fangio)

Resources
Suggested reading
  • Alfa Romeo Tutte le Vetture Dal 1910, by Luigi Fusi
  • Road & Track (March, 1965)
  • (April, 1965)
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