The day after Alfa Romeo announces its return to Formula 1 with a car carrying its name, thanks to an historical deal agreed with Sauber F1, Listen Italy proposes the chart of the the top 10 most iconic Italian cars of all times.
10 cars representing the most iconic style and unique touch of Italian cars manufacturers. The passion, the design and the speed linked together into a single element. Automobile.
10) Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale (1967-1969)
Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale was a very unique model from the Italian manufacturer.
Built only 18 times, from November 1967 to March 1969. A 2 doors coupé, with a powerful 2.0 V8 rear mid-engine, capable of over 280 bhp.
The performance of the 33 Road does not make an absolute impression, because the maximum speed is equal to 260 km / h, achieved, thought, on “wheels” 13 “in diameter, while the acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h it is completed in 5.5 seconds.
This Alfa was the most expensive car on sale to the public in 1968 at $17,000 and today is valued around $10M dollars.
9) Lamborghini Countach (1974-1990)
”Oh gosh!” or «cuntacc!», The name of probably the most memorable Lamborghini of all time isn’t coming for once from a type of exotic bull, but from a popular expression from Piedmont (Italy) dialect. That more or less, sound as ”cuntacc” and indeed would mean ” oh gosh!”.
The age of the car is highlighted by the six large Weber horizontal carburettors that power the thirsty cylinders of the Countach Turbo.
Its pure mechanics, without electronic contamination. Even the gearbox – mounted practically in the passenger compartment – is strictly 5-speed manual starting with a 4.0 with 375 bhp up to the last engine, to a monster with over 455bhp and 295 km/h of top speed.
8) Maserati 3500 GT (1957-1964)
Class as its realization in a car. The 3500 GT coupé of the Touring body, presented in 1957, proved to be a great commercial success for the Casa del Tridente and it therefore seemed natural to combine the coupe with a spider version.
Designed by Giovanni Michelotti, one of the most prolific Italian post-war designers and produced by Carrozzeria Vignale, the spider was built on the chassis of the shortened 100mm coupé and presented at the 1959 Turin Motor Show already equipped with front disc brakes, which later became standard on the whole range starting from 1960.
7) Lancia Stratos (1973-1975)
Dominator of the World Rally Championship from 1974 to 1976, she was an extreme car also in the Road version. Motorized Ferrari.
Lancia Stratos HF Stradale, a piece of automobile history auctioned for $ 360,000.
The Stratos was born with the engine of the Dino, the V6 granted by Enzo Ferrari. A 2.4-liter 192-horsepower, centrally mounted. The car has a monocoque steel frame. The weight limited to 980 kg allows it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in about 5 seconds. An incredible time over 40 years ago.
6) Ferrari Testarossa (1984-1996)
The Ferrari Testarossa, or better 512TR, is one of the most desired supercars of the eighties. This is the third Ferrari that takes its historical name (Testarossa, from the color of the engine head) after the Mondial and the GTO. The Maranello sports car has a still seductive design – the work of Pininfarina – but it does not have a great dynamic reputation.
The engine of the Ferrari Testarossa is a 4.9-liter 12-cylinder from 390 hp and 490 Nm that allows the Cavallino coupe to reach a top speed of 290 km / h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 5, 8 seconds.