Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo got its start in 1910, when Italian Cavaliere Ugo Stella purchased Darracq, a failing French car manufacturer. Stella named his company ALFA, an acronym for Anomina Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili. With the outbreak of WWI, ALFA became part of a group of companies owned by Nicola Romeo, was renamed Alfa Romeo, and started focusing on military hardware construction. In 1920, the new Alfa Romeo badge made its debut on the Torpedo 20-30 HP. In 1963, Alfa Romeo formed its Autodelta racing division to focus on racing. In 1966, the iconic Spider 1600 Duetto was introduced and grew to world-wide renown when it was driven by Dustin Hoffman in the film 'The Graduate.' In 1977, the Alfa 33 SC 12 won eight championship races and brought home the Constructor's World Championship trophy, the company's fifth. In 2006, the Alfa Spider premiered at the Geneva Auto Show, marking the return of an Italian legend. In late 2003 the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione was displayed as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show and was released in 2007 as a production model with a 445-horsepower engine built as a joint venture between Ferrari and Maserati.

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