Published on June 25th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair0
Alfa Romeo Celebrates Turning 110 By Reopening Its Museum
Few car companies can come close to the motorsport legacy and rich history of Alfa Romeo. The brand was started on the 24th of June 1910, 110 years ago as Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili. That same year, they released their first car, the 24HP, a 4.1-litre 4-cylinder vehicle that was pretty successful commercially and in motorsport.
Today, the Alfa Romeo brand celebrates this 110th anniversary in a number of ways:
- They’re reopening their museum in Arese, Italy while following all health and safety guidelines
- They’re introducing a free virtual experience
- They’re releasing a limited edition Giulia GTA that’s based on the Giulia Quadrifoglio
Watch the virtual experience they have prepared for this occasion right here:
Here’s the press release with more information on they’re 110th celebration.
To commemorate a milestone that very few automakers can match, Alfa Romeo today celebrates its 110th anniversary, reopening the doors to its historic museum in Arese, Italy, while following all current health and safety guidelines. The brand invites fans from around the world to see new sections of the museum, enjoy exclusive video content and join the celebration festivities online.
The Alfa Romeo Museum, the hub of the celebrations
Located in Arese, on the outskirts of Milan, the Alfa Romeo Museum is a true brand center that houses more than 200 historical vehicles, making it the natural venue to celebrate the brand’s 110th anniversary. As a special gift to all the “Alfisti” fans around the world, Alfa Romeo now opens the museum’s previously private collection storage areas to the public, inviting visitors to enjoy an additional 150 cars, plus trophies, artwork, and engines for road, air and marine mobility. The collection is divided into 18 themed zones, ranging from the brand’s earliest cars, such as the 20/30 ES, to Formula racers, with Formula 1 and Formula Indy models among them.
Further highlights of the collection include:
- Concept cars, such as the Caimano and Protéo
- Prototypes, such as the Scrabble and Sprint 6C
- Historic sports model RLs, Vittorio Jano’s 6Cs and more recent racing and road cars
Last but not least, the collection houses notable powertrains, including the 4C 1500 from the 1930s and the Formula 1 Turbo 415Ts.
A story linked to a nation
As part of the celebrations, the new “Alfa Romeo in Uniform” section dedicated to the cars of the Carabinieri will be unveiled, as a testament to the historic relationship between Alfa Romeo and the police force, which has long enlisted the help of the Biscione’s most significant models. The area has been prepared with a dynamic layout, geometric graphics and symbolic colors enhancing the six highly selected Alfa Romeo models on show, representing 60 years of a historic relationship with the Carabinieri. The cars, arranged on large circular platforms, form an evocative 3D effect that simulates halos of theatrical light aimed at cars that have served the Carabinieri in all kinds of adventure all over Italy.
On the walls, the graphics are brightly colored: the red, symbol of Alfa Romeo, and the blue of the emergency siren lights, highlight the historical images of cars, characters and events that characterized the relationship between the Carabinieri and Alfa Romeo.
From the 1900 M “Matta” that won the Carabinieri a Mille Miglia, to the legendary Giulia, the most iconic of the “Gazzella” models. All the way to the 75, with an armored car on display, the Alfetta Alfa 90 and a rare Giulia Giardinetta. The new “Alfa in Uniform” section of the Museum evokes the cars, the trims and the eras that have marked the history of Italy. It was designed by the architect Benedetto Camerana, who previously conceived, at the end of 2013, the redevelopment and renewal of the entire museum.
A historical acronym for the future: GTA
The new limited-edition Giulia GTA, conceived for the brand’s 110th anniversary, makes its first public debut in Arese. From a technical point of view and in terms of concept, the new Giulia GTA is inspired by the Giulia GTA of 1965. Developed by Alfa Romeo’s racing arm Autodelta, the 1965 “Gran Turismo Alleggerita” (GTA) was based on the Giulia Sprint GT that racked up sporting successes worldwide.
The new Giulia GTA is based on the Giulia Quadrifoglio and is fitted with a more powerful version of the 2.9 V-6 bi-turbo engine with 540 hp. With its extensive use of ultra-light materials, it benefits from a weight reduction of 100 kg, achieving a best-in-class weight/power ratio of 2.82 kg/hp). Additionally, specific technical solutions have been developed for other aspects, namely aerodynamics, alignment and handling.
“A Tour of 110 Years”
The brand is offering a virtual tour of the museum through a series of videos produced to commemorate this remarkable event. Titled “A Tour of 110 Years,” the video series includes:
- An introduction, offering a panoramic view of the museum
- The “Timeline” concept, describing the brand’s industrial continuity
- The “Beauty” area, combining style, design and lifestyle
- The “Speed” section, a summation of technology, competitive spirit and driving pleasure
- An exclusive view of the “Storage” area, featuring a collection of vehicles and artifacts previously unseen by the public
- An overview of the “Archive,” showcasing photographs, videos, technical drawings, sketches and production records
Alfa Romeo is inviting all fans, from diehard “Alfisti” fans to casual enthusiasts, to join the festivities at the museum via the brand’s official social media channels at 3:30 pm cet at this link. For people able to visit the museum in Arese in person, Alfa Romeo has organized the direct involvement of clubs, visitors and enthusiasts, inviting fans to participate in several activities, including parades on the museum’s internal track. All activities will be conducted following current sanitization and safety guidelines.
Farina and Fangio to Räikkönen and Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo was the manufacturer that won the very first Grand Prix race and the inaugural edition of the Formula 1 Championship in 1950, with Nino Farina on board an Alfa Romeo Gran Premio Tipo 158 “Alfetta.” That triumph was repeated in 1951 by Juan Manuel Fangio in the Alfetta 159. This goal to obtain the ultimate motor racing prize continues, so it’s only fitting that today features special greetings from Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 drivers – world champion Kimi Räikkönen and rising Italian talent Antonio Giovinazzi.
Three exceptional travel companions join Alfa Romeo
Swiss luxury watch company Eberhard & Co. is strengthening its bond with Alfa Romeo by creating a new limited-edition chronograph to pay tribute to the 110th anniversary. A unique timepiece, the chronograph is designed to encompass all the technical and stylistic content long seen in Eberhard & Co. products, with the same sporty and glamorous appeal as Alfa Romeo’s models.
Italian bicycle manufacturer Compagnia Ducale’s contribution is the Alfa Romeo 110th Anniversary e-MTB, an electric mountain bike that combines strength and sportiness with the comfort of assisted pedaling. Its athletic feel is reflected in the tech specs – a powerful yet quiet 500-watt battery, fully integrated into the frame – and in the striking livery created jointly with the Alfa Romeo Centro Stile, the brand’s in-house design and construction office.
AUDES Group is the official licensee for Alfa Romeo apparel, a partnership that begins with a collection to celebrate the brand’s 110th birthday. AUDES Group – the official clothing licensee – designs, produces and distributes its Alfa Romeo-branded collection worldwide.