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Our ten favourite Alfa concepts

  1. If the new Alfa 4C wasn’t so brilliantly superb, we’d currently be in a big huff. That’s because Alfa’s not giving us a shiny new concept at this year’s Frankfurt motor show. Instead, we have to make do with an old ‘un that’s had a blow over.

    As Alfa has promised we’ll be getting a road-going version of this most excellent thing, we’ll let them off.

    But it does gives us an excuse to follow suit, by revisiting some of our favourite old Alfa Romeo concepts. There are many, and some of them are barkingly, madly superb.

    Any we’ve missed out, internet?

  2. 10. 1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo

    You know those weird beetles with the pearlescenty body? They’re called “carabidaes”, and that’s what this iridescent V8-powered 230bhp concept’s named after. Every day’s a school day at

  3. 9. 1953 Alfa Romeo BAT 5

    The future! From yesterday! Today! This rather innovative thing was the first in a series of four concept cars built collaboratively by Bertone and Alfa Romeo. This one (BAT 5) was shown at the ‘53 Turin Auto show - that funny front end’s designed to eliminate airflow disruption at high speeds.

  4. 8. Alfa Romeo ES-30 1989

    It stands for Experimental Sportscar 3.0 litre and it was built by Zagato (click here for their latest work). It also made it into production pretty much unchanged as the thermoplastic-bodied SZ supercar.

  5. 7. 2008 Alfa Romeo BAT 11

    Remember the Bat 5 from six pictures ago? This one’s the last of the Bertone-Alfa design bloodline. It’s also very fast - there’s 8C Competizione mechanicals under there.

  6. 6. 2010 Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta

    Built as a joint birthday present to, umm, themselves, the 2uettottanta celebrates 100 years of Alfa and 80 years of Pininfarina. It’s got a 1750cc engine, just like the 1750 Veloce from 1968. Nice.

  7. 5. 1976 Alfa Romeo Navajo

    This is another one that’s based on the 33 Stradale, though it’s a bit more… minging. Bertone designed it and rendered the wedgey shell in fibreglass before revealing it in ‘76 at the Geneva motor show.

  8. 4. 1997 Alfa Romeo Scighera

    Designed by Italdesign, it’s mainly Alfa 164 underneath, though it’s powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 and there’s a four-wheel drive system. You’re saying it wrong, by the way - it’s pronounced Shigeera.

  9. 3. 1954 Alfa Romeo 2000 Sportiva

    This Bertone-penned 2.0-litre alloy-bodied sportster was tantalizingly close to production, though the Giulietta Sprint ended up taking its place.

  10. 2. 1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante

    No, this isn’t a prescient tribute to KC and the Sunshine Band - “disco volante” actually means “flying saucer”. Underneath its slick husk, there’s a space frame chassis and hopped-up 1997cc engine from an Alfa 1900. It’s good for 140mph, apparently.

  11. 1. 1969 Alfa Romeo 33.2

    FETCH THE DRIBBLE TRAY. This deeply, deeply stunning thing uses the 242bhp V8 you’d find in a 33 Stradale and the outline’s inspired by the Ferrari P5 concept shown the year before at the 1968 Geneva motor show.

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