Where are the coach builders now?

The Rolls-Royce Sweeptail is the first in-house coach-built car by the company.

A brief look at the life, death and rebirth of coachbuilding As with the watch industry, the art of coachbuilding has had its ‘quartz crisis’ moment. Bespoke, luxury and labour-intensive bodywork were phased out for similar reasons. However, there is hope yet for the coachbuilders evolve in the new era of automobiles. Where it all…

Bloody Heroes: Juan-Manuel Fangio

Introduction Last time on Bloody Heroes, Juan-Manuel Fangio was briefly discussed as a mentor to Sir Stirling Moss’, but he was more than just that. He was nicknamed by many as El Maestro (“The Master”) and seen as a father figure to Moss. We will be looking at how he earned that title and what…

It ain’t La Dolce Vita at Targa Florio

The 2017 edition of the Targa Florio Classic took place last week and is the pinnacle of historical Motorsport races and one of the most challenging competitions in Europe. This year’s edition is sponsored by Alfa Romeo for the Classic, and Abarth for the Rally. Participants included a 1968 Lancia Fulvia Zagato Competizione, a 1939…

Alfa Romeo’s Monsters – Part 2

Last week I asked you to endure the appearance of the polarising Alfa SZ. This week I ask you once again to don the ugly-protection goggles as we take a look at the SZ’s equally eyeball-upsetting cousin, the Alfa Romeo 75 Quadrifoglio Verde. The name is about as elegant as the car’s appearance is, so…

Alfa Romeo’s Monsters – Part 1

Photo by James Ward @thedriverdad on Insta.

Since its inception, Alfa Romeo has built up a back catalogue with more beautiful cars than perhaps any other car company in history. Stunners like the T33/2 Stradale Prototipo, Duetto Spider, and Disco Volante immediately spring to mind. However, there are a few cars that, visually at least, don’t line up with the pure works…

Alfa Romeo GTA or GTAm?

In 1962, the successor of the very popular Giulietta series was introduced. This car was the Alfa Romeo Giulia, internally called the “Series 105”. The coupé of the 105 series, used the shortened floorpan from the Giulia Berlina and was designed by Bertone. The name of the car evolved from Giulia Sprint GT to Giulia Sprint and to GTJ (Junior) and GTV (Veloce)…

La Scuderia Alfa

In the 1930s, Alfa Romeo launched a series of road and sports cars designated as 8C, in reference to their original straight-8 cylinder engines design. In 1935, the 8C-35 Tipo C Monoposto was born, and used a 3.8-litre straight-eight developing 330hp!   The engine was designed by Vittorio Jano and was used for racing purposes from…