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Old 06-30-2007, 08:47 AM
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Alfa Romeo 1900M (AR51) 1951-1956

Alfa Romeo 1900M

When Alfa Romeo was handed a contract to build 2000 army utility vehicles for the Italian Ministry of Defence, this is what it came up with - a skimpy four-wheel drive workhorse powered by a de-tuned version of its famous twin-cam engine. Alfa also built 50 for civilian use, which were converted into fire engines, crop-sprayers and other agricultural tools - one even had a combine harvester attachment. A 1900M was bizarrely entered in the 1952 Mille Miglia - not surprisingly, it came first in a special category for military vehicles.
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Brera, eat your heart out!
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Old 06-30-2007, 09:42 PM
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This is obviously the most beautiful Italian car ever designed. It makes the Birdcage look like crap.
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Old 06-30-2007, 10:54 PM
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For all those who say Alfa shouldn't make an SUV because they're not in its heritage...

No, I'm not suggesting they should. I just find it amusing.
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Italians called it the Matta, which means crazy. Go figure...
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Alfa Romeo 1900 Matta #2
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We are such a bunch of hypocrites!

We scoff at the X6M, yet when Alfa decides to throw a dry-sump Twin Cam into a Willys Jeep we all fawn over it like we would a puppy. All that said; this is just better.
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I never cared for Jeep(s).

I suppose that makes me so much of an automotive contrarian that I've looped around the automotive snob enthusiast hipsters and semi-embraced bro racers and formed an enthusiast black hole.

Or something.
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Old 07-19-2014, 02:33 PM
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I do not care much about Jeep(s) either.

I can understand the appeal of a Suzuki Samurai; it's the mountain bike for lazy adults. but this requires at least two cars and a house in the mountains, which actually is a rather expensive proposition.

If this one fulfilled a purpose, then great, but other than that it doesn't generate much interest to me.

By the way, did you know that back in the late 50's the simpler, OHV Z-104 Pegaso V8 engine did break down a lot more than the earlier, far more complex, quad cam Z-102 V8? So maybe this Alfa Romeo-engined truck was more reliable than the competition.

Who knows.
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