This is more than a 33 Stradale Replica. It's a tribute to the iconic race car using modern coachbuilding techniques.
For dyed-in-the-wool Alfa Romeo fans, the automaker is a mere shadow of what it once was. Yes, products like the Giulia Quadrifoglio show remnants of an enthusiast brand, but vehicles like the Tonale show that Alfa-Romeo is chasing the mainstream consumer. And who can blame them? That's where the money is - but we do miss the iconic sports cars of the past, vehicles like the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale.
That's what you see in the photos below, except this isn't an Alfa - it's a stunning recreation built by the team at Manufattura Automobili Torino - the same group of people responsible for the reborn Lancia Stratos. This bewitching beauty is the first motorcar to be offered under the company's "Jewelry Line."
The team of experts lovingly crafted the recreation by looking at the original data and designs. But Manufattura Automobili Torino (MAT) has gone a step further, using modern production methods to make a perfect replica of the 33 Stradale. While the chassis is bespoke, the aluminum panels are hand-beaten using traditional methods.
According to the company, only the most talented craftspeople shape the elegant bodywork. To achieve the best standards, each millimeter of material is measured repeatedly to ensure the desired outcome - perfection. MAT's founder Paulo Garella (formerly of Pininfarina) says he was inspired not only by Italian coachbuilders of old but by Swiss watchmakers who made one watch, by hand, each year.
Every panel is shaped using a "past-century way of doing things" in an attempt to stay true to the 'carrozzerie' spirit of coachbuilt bodies.
The interior is, most likely, based on the 33's own. Sadly, MAT is yet to release any images of the lovingly-crafted cabin, but a teaser image of an exquisite clock shows gives us a taste of what to expect.
The original 33 Stradale is powered by a 2.0-liter V8 with outputs of 227 horsepower and 152 lb-ft of torque. Despite these middling figures, the Italian beaut was capable of sprinting to 62 mph in less than six seconds. How, you ask? A featherweight mass of 1,543 lbs. We're not sure how much the recreation weighs, but this particular model should be even quicker.
MAT's variant gains motivation from a carbureted version of the Alfa Romeo Montreal's 2.6-liter V8. Power is unknown, but we expect the boutique car manufacturer has given its first Jewel performance to match the looks.
"We want to keep the Turin handmade car-building tradition alive. In order to do that, we plan to concentrate our expertise and dedication on one or two jewels per year," said Garella. "The quality of what we do, and the endless quest for beauty, together with our client's satisfaction, are our top priority".
There's no word yet on pricing but, judging by the exclusivity and level of craftsmanship, it won't be cheap. The aforementioned Stratos recreation carried an eye-watering price tag of around $620,000 - and that doesn't include the donor Ferrari F430. With that in mind, we wouldn't be surprised to see this sell for millions.
If those figures are a touch too steep, perhaps it's best to practice some patience and wait for Alfa's own offering. The company's CEO is hopeful the brand will return to the fold by 2023 with an entirely new sports car.