MILAN, Italy: The Alfa Romeo Museum, located just outside Milan, is really the temple to all things Alfa Romeo.
Officially known as “La Macchina del tempo – Museo Storico Alfa Romeo”, it contains 69 of the most iconic cars from the 107 years of the brand.
It was opened in 1976 but entry was by invitation only until 2011 when the Arese production plant, where the museum was situated, was closed down.
But with the relaunch of Alfa Romeo within the framework of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the museum was totally rebuilt to also include a bookshop, cafe, documentation centre, test drive track, events venues and a show-room with a customer delivery area.
It was reopened on June 24, 2015, with the world debut of the Giulia sedan series which I was fortunate enough to attend.
Today, the museum can be seen from the main highway into Milan and recognizable by the Alfa Red cantilever roof that covers the facility.
The collection is stunning, ranging from a Mille Miglia 6C 1750 Gran Sport driven by Tazio Nuvolari to my favorite grand prix car ever, the 1950 Alfetta 159 that won every race it entered and driven by none other that Juan Manuel Fangio and Nino Farina.
Or how about the Carlo Chitti era 1970 33 TT world sportscar winners driven by greats such as Derek Bell and Mario Andretti?
There was so much to take in; I literally had to sit down with my mind reeling.
The final part is called the “bolle emozionali” (emotional bubbles) and is a 360-degree film room where visitors sit in interactive armchairs and watch 4D films dedicated to the legendary successes of Alfa Romeo.
But watch out, because these seats rise and fall and lurch back and forth with even real water spray from a bar in front of you to simulate hitting standing water.
Rather than me waxing on, take a look at the accompanying photo gallery and go to https://www.museoalfaromeo.com/ for more information.
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Alfa 2300 Engine
Artistry in metal – the 2.3-litre inline supercharged engine of the Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia “Corto” racecar.
Up until the end of World War Two, Alfa Romeo built a number of aircraft engines including this one by Colombo who would created the great V12 engines for Ferrari after the war years.
It may look odd, but Alfa Romeo was experimented with aerodynamics since its earliest days.
When the Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union “Silver Arrows” began to dominate Grand Prix racing in the 1930s, Enzo Ferrari, who ran the racing team for Alfa Romeo, suggested putting two engines in its racecars. Odd, but in the hands of Tazio Nuvolari, it won.
In the post-war years, Alfa Romeo had a long history of showcars built by the design house of Bertone such as the 1968 Carabo.
Starting the Bertone design years was the 1952 “Disco Volante” named as the Flaying Saucer craze of the 1950s.
This lineup of cars is supposed to give a visual reference to the concept of Alfa Romeo DNA and how it has developed over the past 107 years.
Alfa F1 Cars
Alfa Romeo returned to Formula One racing in the late 20th century primarily as an engine supplier.
Nothing looks more purposeful than the 1970 Alfa Romeo 33 TT championship winning sportscars.
Alfetta 159 Cockpit
Sitting in this cockpit of this Alfetta 159, Nino Farina and then Juan Manual Fangio won the first and second Formula One Championships in 1950 and 1952 respectively.
Was there ever a more handsome racing car than this 1950 Alfa Romeo Alfetta 159?
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