Alfa Romeo’s Tipo 33 Stradale is renowned for its perfect blend of cutting-edge technology, styling and beauty with the marque celebrating its 50th anniversary three years ago in 2017.
The stunning mid-engined sports car spearheads an impressive list of Italian head-turners and was only available from 1967 and 1969 with a mere 18 examples up for grabs.
Sharp as dart and the quickest thing on four wheels when it became available, the ‘Stradale’ was in fact a road-going race car, hence the Italian translation.
Introduced at the Sports Car Show at Monza and designed by Franco Scaglione, the tenacious and curvy Stradale was rare, in fact so rare there was actually only 10 that made the cut from the original 18, with 2 being prototypes and the other half dozen made into concept cars.
As with all fiery Italian anecdotes, the plot thickened with one single unit given a royal blue overcoat instead of the usual and now desirable red. The blue car had remained pretty anonymous, spotted only by the keenest of enthusiasts who happened to cast their beady eyes through old magazines and taking a punt as to its current whereabouts – until now.
Following a reported 5000 hour, nut and bolt restoration organised by Egon Zweimuller, who was also instrumental in the car’s movement to Switzerland, it has finally been unleashed for all to scrutinise.
Boasting the later single headlight layout and both front and rear side vents, the beefy Italian certainly looks as tasty as ever but the anxiety stricken purist could well give the new dress code a thumbs down. After all the Stradale ‘needs’ to be red doesn’t it?
Originally scheduled to attend the 2020 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in synergy with Alfa Romeo’s 110th year, plans were given a major kick in the automotive proverbials when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in March.
It could be a while before the ‘mind-blueing’ unicorn is spotted out in the wild but we remain hopeful to capture it soon…
Power Unit: 90° V8 DOHC
Displacement: 1,995 cc (2.0 L; 121.7 cu in)
Power: 230 PS (227 bhp; 169 kW) @ 8,800 rpm
Torque: 206 N⋅m (152 lb⋅ft) @ 7,000 rpm
Top speed: 260 km/h (160 mph)
0-62mph: less than 6 seconds
*Every single unit was handbuilt and therefore each car had varying power outputs.
Video and photos courtesy Egon Zweimüller ©2020