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A HISTORIC CELEBRATION: 110 YEARS OF ALFA ROMEO

Date: 25 Jun 2020 Author Type: Press Release
Author: FCA
Source: FCA
  • Today, Alfa Romeo officially celebrates its 110th birthday, reopening the doors to its historic museum in Arese.
  • Visitors will have access to areas of the museum previously concealed from public view, featuring an additional 150 cars, plus trophies, artwork and engines.
  • “Alfa Romeo in Uniform,” a new section dedicated to the cars of the carabinieri – the national police force of Italy – will be unveiled.
  • Clubs, visitors and fans will also be involved: participating in a flash mob gathering and a spectacular parade on the museum’s internal track... all in total safety.
  • The new limited-edition Giulia GTA makes its first public appearance.
  • The Museo Alfa Romeo in Arese will also debut the new “Tour of 110 Years”, especially produced for the occasion: six videos that constitute a fascinating and complete virtual tour.
  • Fans around the world can join the celebration online here at 3:30 pm CET, including special wishes from the “Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN” Formula 1 racing team: Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi.
  • Festivities at the museum will continue until Sunday, June 28, with extra visiting hours according to this schedule. The museum will be fitted out with a series of safety measures, focusing on the health of visitors and staff: all the information you could need can be found at this link.
To commemorate a milestone that very few automakers can match, Alfa Romeo today celebrates its 110th anniversary, reopening the doors to its historic museum in Arese, Italy, while following all current health and safety guidelines. The brand invites fans from around the world to see new sections of the museum, enjoy exclusive video content, and join the festivities online.

The Alfa Romeo Museum, the hub of the celebrations
Located in Arese, on the outskirts of Milan, the Alfa Romeo Museum houses over 200 historic cars, making it the natural venue to celebrate the brand’s 110th anniversary. As a special gift to all the “Alfisti” fans around the world, Alfa Romeo will open the museum’s previously private collection storage areas to the public, inviting visitors to enjoy an additional 150 cars, plus trophies, artwork, and engines for road, air and marine mobility. The collection is divided into 18 themed zones, ranging from the brand's earliest cars, such as the 20/30 ES, to Formula racers, with Formula 1 and Formula Indy models among them.

Further highlights of the collection include:
  • Concept cars, such as the Caimano and Protéo;
  • Prototypes, such as the Scrabble and Sprint 6C; and
  • Historic sports model RLs, Vittorio Jano's 6Cs, and more recent racing and road cars.
Last but not least, the collection houses notable powertrains, including the 4C 1500 from the 1930s and the Formula 1 Turbo 415Ts.

A story linked to a nation
As part of the celebrations, the new “Alfa Romeo in Uniform” section dedicated to the cars of the Carabinieri will be unveiled, as a testament to the historic relationship between Alfa Romeo and the police force, which has long enlisted the help of the Biscione's most significant models. The area has been prepared with a dynamic layout, geometric graphics and symbolic colours enhancing the six highly selected Alfa Romeo models on show, representing 60 years of a historic relationship with the Carabinieri. The cars, arranged on a large circular platforms, form an evocative 3D effect that simulates halos of theatrical light aimed at cars that have served the Carabinieri in all kinds of adventure all over Italy.

On the walls, the graphics are brightly coloured: the red, symbol of Alfa Romeo, and the blue of the emergency siren lights, highlight the historical images of cars, characters and events that characterized the relationship between the Carabinieri and Alfa Romeo.

From the 1900 M "Matta" that won the Carabinieri a Mille Miglia, to the legendary Giulia, the most iconic of the “Gazzella” models. All the way to the 75, with an armoured car on display, the Alfetta Alfa 90 and a rare Giulia Giardinetta. The new “Alfa in Uniform” section of the Museum evokes the cars, the trims and the eras that have marked the history of Italy. It was designed by the architect Benedetto Camerana, who previously conceived, at the end of 2013, the redevelopment and renewal of the entire museum.

A historical acronym for the future: GTA
The new limited-edition Giulia GTA, conceived for the brand's 110th anniversary, makes its first public debut in Arese. From a technical and philosophical perspective, the new Giulia GTA is inspired by the Giulia GTA of 1965. Developed by Alfa Romeo’s racing arm Autodelta, the 1965 “Gran Turismo Alleggerita” (GTA) was based on the Giulia Sprint GT that racked up sporting successes worldwide.

The new Giulia GTA is based on the Giulia Quadrifoglio and is fitted with a more powerful version of the 2.9 V-6 bi-turbo engine with 540 hp. With its extensive use of ultra-light materials, it benefits from a weight reduction of 100 kg, achieving a best-in-class weight/power ratio of 2.82 kg/hp. Additionally, specific technical solutions have been developed for other aspects, namely aerodynamics, alignment and handling.

“A Tour of 110 Years”
The brand is offering a virtual tour of the museum through a series of videos produced to commemorate this remarkable event. Titled “A Tour of 110 Years,” the video series includes:
  1. An introduction, offering a panoramic view of the museum;
  2. The "Timeline" concept, describing the brand’s industrial continuity;
  3. The "Beauty" area, combining style, design and lifestyle;
  4. The “Speed" section, a summation of technology, competitive spirit and driving pleasure;
  5. An exclusive view of the “Storage” area, featuring a collection of vehicles and artifacts previously unseen by the public; and
  6. An overview of the “Archive,” showcasing photographs, videos, technical drawings, sketches and production records.
Passionate participation
Alfa Romeo is inviting all fans, from diehard “Alfisti” to casual enthusiasts, to join the festivities at the museum via the brand’s official social media channels at 3:30 pm CET at this link. For those able to visit the museum in Arese in person, Alfa Romeo has arranged involvement of clubs, visitors and enthusiasts, inviting fans to participate in several activities, including parades on the museum’s track. All activities will be conducted following current sanitisation and safety guidelines.

Farina and Fangio to Räikkönen and Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo won the very first Grand Prix race and the inaugural edition of the Formula 1 Championship in 1950, with Nino Farina on board an Alfa Romeo Gran Premio Tipo 158 Alfetta. That triumph was repeated in 1951 by Juan Manuel Fangio in the Alfetta 159. The ambition for the ultimate motor racing prize continues, so it’s only fitting that today features special greetings from Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 drivers – world champion Kimi Räikkönen and rising Italian talent, Antonio Giovinazzi.

Three exceptional travel companions join Alfa Romeo
Swiss luxury watch company Eberhard & Co. is strengthening its bond with Alfa Romeo by creating a new limited-edition chronograph to pay tribute to the 110th anniversary. A unique timepiece, the chronograph is designed to encompass all the technical and styling content long seen in Eberhard & Co. products, with the same sporty and glamorous appeal as Alfa Romeo’s models.

Italian bicycle manufacturer Compagnia Ducale’s contribution is the Alfa Romeo 110th Anniversary e-MTB, an electric mountain bike that combines strength and sportiness with the comfort of assisted pedalling. Its athletic feel is reflected in the tech specs – a powerful yet quiet 500-watt battery, fully integrated into the frame – and in the striking livery created jointly with the Alfa Romeo Centro Stile, the brand’s in-house design and construction office.

AUDES Group is the official licensee for Alfa Romeo apparel, a partnership that begins with a collection to celebrate the brand's 110th birthday. AUDES Group – the official clothing licensee – designs, produces and distributes its Alfa Romeo-branded collection worldwide.
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