The museum of Alfa Romeo has been recently restored and reopened. It is placed in the former area of the factory of Arese, in the outskirts of Milan.
The exhibition starts with a collection of radial or in-line aircraft engines, focus of production especially during WWII.
On the first floor the overview while entering the first hall is really impressive: all the major Alfa Romeo models produced, starting from the first part of 20th century. From the luxury of a RL Super Sport to the finest and extraordinary 6C 1750 Gran Sport Zagato in white color, to the mighty 8C 2300 and to the historical 1900. The 1900 model, together with the Giulietta, was the mean for Alfa to exploit a boom in sales and become a worldwide known brand after WWII. Another model deserves a closer look, the 2600 Sprint, one of the inspirations for the later Alfa GT style models, and a blue colored Giulia, maybe to remind of its significant usage as police car.
On the lower floor vehicles from the ‘70’s till today are displayed, starting from the futuristic style of the Montreal model designed by Mr. Gandini, to the classic Alfasud, to the Alfetta. Alfa 75 and 164 models show a wedge-shape line, especially the former is considered by the Alfa-enthusiasts as the last car with Alfa spirit, as it still featured rear wheel traction. Moving further a work of art can be admired, the 156 model, styled by Mr. Walter de Silva. It’s a sedan but looks like a coupe. The front recalls elements of past models and it’s interesting trying to find them in the museum. On the side, the shoulder line (line connecting front and rear lamps) shows an elegant solution as it disappears in the center part and it highlights the chromed handle, as it would be an important decoration. The rear door handle is completely hidden.
Next to it there is the young sportscar 8C competizione, showing a strong character and built in small numbers.
Going down the stairs, iconic style vehicles are displayed, starting with prototypes models. Two futuristic vehicles among them immediately strike the eyes, the Carabo and the Iguana, styled by Mr. Gandini and Mr. Giugiaro, These models, together with Disco Volante (flying saucer) and Aerodinamica of 1914 look like they have come out from science fiction books. It’s interesting to notice that the name Iguana comes from the multiple openings hosted on the front and rear part of the bodywork, reminding of scales. The Carabo, instead, is the real essence of the wedge-style, very popular among cars procduced between ’70s and ‘80s.
On the lowest floor large and luxury 6C models of the ‘30s show a streamline style. In a secondary position two models known as absolute masterpieces of italian car style can be found: a Giulietta Spider and a Giulietta Sprint. Their lines were drawn by the coachbuilders Pininfarina and Bertone (actually the first production series are even more remarkable). The italian styling tradition helped to design those fine cars with elegance by removing, instead of adding, elements. Some more Giulia’s and Giulietta’s are sorrounding them in the same hall. Those later models were on the wishlist of many people, especially the mighty GTA and the iconic Duetto spider.
The following hall of the museum is dedicated to racing models, the cars that won the world championships such as P2, P3 driven by Tazio Nuvolari, 158 driven by Farina that won the first F1 championship. Also the 159, a car able to reach 300 km/h and that was used by Fangio to win in 1951, 8C 2300 Monza, some experimental models with twin engine, all displayed in a inspiring way.