Consalvo Sanesi with Alfa Romeo Alfetta 158 World Champion
Alfa Romeo postwar
Soon after the end of the second world war , Alfa Romeo resumed the production in its Portello’s plant , near Milan centre (North of Italy), by proposing the pre-war 6c 2500 model and afterwards the Freccia d’oro and Villa d’Este versions custom made by Farina and Touring car designers, fitted with the gear-shift at the steering-wheel.
Few years later , Alfa Romeo took part in the new F1 pilot World Championship with the revived pre-war Grand Prix 158, nick name “Alfetta” , but modified in the front and the rear suspensions , plus the increased horse-powers generated by the sophisticated 8 cylinders engine with two superchargers. In 1950, Nino Farina won the first F1 pilot world championship where “Alfetta” gained almost all the races. Juan Manuel Fangio in 1951 get the same result with the new 159 Grand Prix, fitted with the most powerful 1500 cc engine ever built. It produced 425 horsepower and was capable of more than 300 km/h. Immediately thereafter, Alfa decided to withdraw from Grand Prix racing.
Nino Farina with Alfa Romeo 159
It continued to compete in other races, however, and produced the lens-shaped ‘1900 Disco Volante’ with a top speed of 225 km/h for this purpose, a worldwide success . On the same period, it began the production of the new 1900 model, fitted with the self-supporting chassis, the 2.0 liter at 4 cylinders engine in full aluminum, with sodium valves on head plus the double over head camshafts, getting 80 HP at 5.000 r.p.m.. “The family car that wins the races”, so said the advertising at the time. After the success of the 1900 (some 20,000 were built), Alfa’s automotive business took on an industrial dimension... ( Continue )