Dear readers, this is our first post of a new series. We also added category ‘Auto’ to TheWondrous so in future we will regularly disucss wonders in autos. Lets have a look today at the joys of design in cars.
Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, by Franco Scaglione – 1967
The street version of the Alfa-Romeo Tipo 33 racing car was designed by Franco Scaglione. It continued the string of simply enchanting designer bodies for Alfa Romeo in the 50s and 60s (see for example the Pininfarina custom body for Alfa Romeo 33.
The first production vehicle to have “butterfly” doors, the first mid-engined Alfa Romeo road car appeared at Milan Motorshow in 1967. Its voluptuous, nicely proportioned shape many consider to be one of the most beautiful designs ever:
On a racing track the car was intended to lock horns with Ferrari (then promoting its famous Dino 206S) and a line of 910s from Porsche. It went from 0 to 60mph in just 6 seconds, and could reach maximum speed of 162 mph (260 km/hr) – making it a true supercar at the time, perhaps even better than Ferrari Daytona.
Only such 18 cars were built due to their high price.