Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale - Goodwood FoS 2011

The 33 Stradale is as rare as it is beautiful; just eighteen examples were lovingly smoothed together by Carrozzeria Marazzi in 1967. As the Stradale name suggests, it's a road car... but only just. Those gorgeous curves are draped over the guts of the Tipo 33 race car, its 2.0-litre, quad-cam, dry-sumped V8 engine spitting flames almost unbecoming of such a gorgeous creature.
The first ever production car to feature dihedral doors and with physics-defying windows that curve sumptuously into the roof, the Tipo 33 Stradale is, without a hint of hyperbole, one of the most beautiful cars ever created. The fact that it's a hardcore racer beneath the pretty frock - the chromed trumpets of the mid-mounted engine incongruously swamped in quilted leather - is almost a bonus.

Found in the Festival of Speed's Cartier Style et Luxe area, it shared the 'unusual doors' theme with the likes of the Lamborghini Countach, Koenigsegg CCR, Mercedes 300SL and Ford GT40 - all beautiful, iconic cars, but none able to quite share the kudos of truly being a coachbuilt racer for the road. A proper classic.

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