Midrand, South Africa - One of the Alfa Romeo brand's most iconic cars, the 33 Stradale turns 50 years old this month with the perfect blend of leading-edge technology, racing mechanics and a unique style. First presented on the 31st August 1967, on the eve of the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Monza, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is the ideal expression of the bond between the racing world and on-road cars.
The 33 Stradale's timeless beauty, created by the genius of Franco Scaglione, and the technology directly derived from the Tipo 33, make it one of Alfa Romeo's most recognisable icons, a superlative member of the family of cars born to win.
This car, and the 33 project racing cars which brought Alfa Romeo amazing racing success, is being commemorated by the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese in a temporary exhibition, a 33-step itinerary that retraces their history, the leading characters involved, and the success achieved.
Starting, naturally, from the prototype of the 33 Stradale, prominently positioned on permanent exhibition in the Museum in front of the illuminated Alfa Romeo DNA display. The 33 Stradale is a model still revered today for epitomising the perfect balance between refined mechanics and their stylish cladding, in a symbiosis encapsulated in one of the Brand's favourite expressions: "Necessary Beauty".
The exhibition continues with five of the 6 concept cars derived from the 33 chassis, created by great masters of car design; Carabo, Iguana, 33/2 Speciale, Cuneo and Navajo. Followed by the 33/2 Daytona, 33/3, 33 TT12 and 33 SC12 turbo racing cars, cementing a history that has had a lasting influence on all Alfa Romeo cars, from 1967 to the present day.
The exhibition, curated by the Museo Storico in Arese, is entitled "33 La bellezza necessaria" (33: Necessary Beauty) and will be open for viewing from 31 August 2017.
The display is the first of a programme of events the Arese Museum, the Alfa Romeo brand and FCA Heritage - the department committed to promoting the historic legacy of FCA's Italian brands - will be dedicating to the 33 Stradale's 50th anniversary, underlining the bond between history, an endless source of inspiration for the creation of new models, and the future, balancing innovation with the conservation of the genetic heritage that gives every Alfa Romeo model its uniquely recognisable identity.