Alfa Romeo Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of The 33 Stradale

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Fine wines always get better with age.

To this day there are still very few cars, old or new, as stunningly beautiful as the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale. Debuting exactly 50 years ago, on August 31, 1967, Alfa Romeo lifted the sheets off the 33 Stradale on the eve of the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Monza. Its 2.0-liter V8, located at midship, produced a claimed 230 hp. However, because all 18 examples built between 1967 and 1969 were handmade, power levels varied somewhat, even getting up to 250 hp.

All examples were paired to a six-speed manual which distributed power straight to the rear wheels. Aside from its beautiful and very distinctive sheetmetal, the 33 Stradale was the first production car to feature butterfly doors, or, as McLaren currently calls them, dihedral doors. Notice, for example, how the windows curve upwards into the roof; would this pass modern safety regulations? Doubtful. The car's overall technology was derived from the Tipo 33 prototype race car, and features an aluminum body on an aluminum tubular chassis. Alfa Romeo is fully aware of the car's relevance, and therefore has created an exhibition to celebrate it at its Museo Storica Alfa Romeo in Arese, near Milan, Italy.

A total of five concepts cars, derived from the 33 chassis, will also be on display, alongside the original 33 Stradale prototype. But how much is a 33 Stradale worth today? Considering just how rare they were to begin with, expect to pay well over $10 million. It's actually quite hard to to give the 33 Stradale an estimated value because they rarely change hands.

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