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2015 Chicago Auto Show: The Best Cars At The Show… Are Old Alfa Romeos

Jeff Glucker February 12, 2015 Car Shows, Chicago Auto Show 14 Comments

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Sure, the new cars can be fun. The new Ford GT is here, for example. Still, you know we love old cars best here in the Hooniverse. That’s why all of us on site here in Chicago are drooling over what’s happening at the Alfa Romeo booth.

The 4C Spider parked up front is nice and all, but it’s thankfully not blocking the view of the old-time action happening behind it. Alfa has trotted out a trio of truly amazing machines.

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First up is this absolutely stunning 1967 33 Stradale. It was based on the Tipo 33 race car, yet it has far prettier lines and it was made for the street. Power comes from a 2.0-liter flat-plane-crank V8 engine that can rev to 10,000 rpm. Just imagine that noise for a moment… I’ll give you time.

Each engine was hand built, so power estimates vary from around 240 horsepower up to over 250 horsepower.

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It’s not just the Stradale that is here to steal your heart and soul though, as there are are pair of race cars parked in the booth as well. The first car pictured above is a 1951 Alfetta Tipo 159. It was the final year for the car, and it packs way more power than the larger car shown above. That’s because it features a supercharged straight-eight engine under the long hood, which is good for 425 horsepower.

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Finally, tucked behind the tail of a 4C sits this 1931 Tipo B race car. Under the hood is another straight eight, which is really two four-cylinder engines slammed together. It’s also supercharged, and this car weighs in at just over 1,500 pounds.

Oh… and it has leaf springs at all four corners.

Tazio Nuvolari drove one to victory during the 1932 Italian Grand Prix. The Tipo B would go on to win 45 more races before being replaced in 1935.

So yes, while new cars are fun… it’s old cars like these that provide the true wonder and soul for anyone who loves cars.

[Images copyright 2015 Hooniverse/Jeff Glucker]