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  Alfa Romeo 33 Iguana Concept

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1969
Numbers built:1
Introduced at:1969 Turin Motorsohw
Internal name:Tipo 33
Designed by:Giorgetto Giugiaro / Italdesign
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:April 05, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionProduction of Alfa Romeo's most potent road car yet commenced late in 1967. Unfortunately there were only very few takers for 33 Stradale, mainly due to its very steep price tag. Built alongside the racing cars, the project was also not on the top of the list of priorities. All examples were built by hand and no two are alike. The earliest examples had twin headlights fitted under the cover, which were later replaced by single lights. Vents were also added behind both the front and rear wheels to allow hot air from the brakes to escape. At least two were known to have been raced in period and one of these may have been fitted with experimental magnesium bits. In March of 1969 the model was discontinued by which time only 18 examples had been produced.

Several of the 33 Stradales failed to find an owner and five of these were handed to the likes of Bertone and Pininfarina. Bertone were the first to launch a Tipo 33 based show car; the 'Carabo' at the 1968 Turin Motor Show. This was one of the very first 'wedge' shape designs that would go on to dominate the 1970s. A year later Giorgietto Giugiaro / Italdesign showed the 'Iguana' at the same venue. Pininfarina also produced two show cars using the 33 Stradale underpinnings and the fifth machine was another Bertone creation, known as the Navajo. All five unique machines still exist today and are part of Alfa Romeo's 'Museo Storico' collection along with at least two Tipo 33 Stradales.

While the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale was not a big success in period, it is today considered as one of the most beautiful cars ever constructed. Its looks are backed up by a competition proven chassis and engine, which give the Stradale the performance to rival most of its exotic contemporaries. Only a handful of these fabulous machines remain today and most of these are cherished by major collectors. Fortunately they do come out of hiding once in a while for all to admire the machine's exquisite lines.

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