Drawn on the same platform
The 33 Stradale and the Carabo could not be much more different. One is all nerves and sinews, the other, all straight lines and angles. The shared technical basis of these two cars is the synthesis of 50 years of racing experience at Alfa Romeo. Ingenious and rigorous planning, expertise and courage in the selection of materials, a style that marries technological innovation and creativity.
The desire to compete
In 1964, Giuseppe Luraghi felt it was time for an official return to the tracks, marking the beginning of the 33 Project. Luraghi asked his team for a car that could compete in the “classes of the moment” for public success and media attention. Two years later, the first 33 to race immediately began collecting victories on the most prestigious circuits, including in the 1975 and 1977 World Championship for Makes.
33 Stradale, from the track to the road
When Alfa Romeo decided to produce the 33 in very small numbers for private individuals, it needed a new look to bring its sporty character to the roads. Scaglione put all his technical expertise and creative daring into the design of the 33 Stradale, resulting in a masterpiece where innovation in style blends with the quest for aerodynamics and functionality. The car was unveiled at the 1967 Italian Grand Prix in Monza. It was the most expensive sports car on the market at the time and only 12 models were produced with Scaglione bodywork.
Carabo, the car-spaceship
The quest for style has taken Alfa Romeo in other directions too. A “dream car” was presented at the 1968 Paris Motor Show, representing the evolution of this radical idea: the Carabo, designed by Marcello Gandini.
This car was based on the same mechanics of the 33 Stradale. The height was the same, but the rounded lines had disappeared completely. Everything in the Carabo is clear-cut, from the wedge design to its “scissor” doors. The name Carabo was inspired by the Carabus auratus, a brightly metallic-colored beetle. The same hues are used for the car's body: luminescent green with orange details. From then on, Alfa Romeo began to pay particular attention to the extravagant colors and special paintwork techniques, to highlight the brand’s uniqueness even more.
In 1967 Alfa Romeo was asked to create a technological symbol for the Canadian Expo – a model to represent “the highest aspiration of modern man in terms of cars”. Gandini was tasked to design the bodywork and interiors. The result was the Alfa Romeo Montreal. The model impressed with its extraordinary range of colors, both pastel and metallic: from green to silver and from orange from gold. Chromatic exploration is an Alfa Romeo tradition, to be revisited in the upcoming episodes of the Stories.