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Poll: Greatest Alfa Romeo Model Of All Time

Okay. Here's one for all true Alfisti.

What is the greatest Alfa Romeo model ever produced?

"Greatest" is based on the following criteria (but not limited to):

* Level of Innovation
* Styling (Exterior and Interior)
* Engine performance
* Uniqueness
* Build Quality
* Reliability
* Comfort

For the record, mine is the current 8C Competizione and the Duetto.

Two Alfas guaranteed to STILL look gorgeous in 100 years time.
 
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Okay. Here's one for all true Alfisti.

What is the greatest Alfa Romeo model ever produced?

"Greatest" is based on the following criteria (but not limited to):

* Build Quality
* Reliability
* Comfort

For the record, mine is the current 8C Competizione and the Duetto.

Two Alfas guaranteed to STILL look gorgeous in 100 years time.
Curious how you know the above criteria for the 8C



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Well I am sure you will all agree with me, that only the ARNA ticks all the boxes. A true all time great.
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Well I am sure you will all agree with me, that only the ARNA ticks all the boxes. A true all time great.
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I would say the 8C as it is the obvious choice. However it is not accessable to the masses, so in my view it will be the GTV V6 or the 156, especially in GTA guise.

The 164 is also one of my Favorite Alfa's. I think its a better car than the later 166.
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As is auto italia.


i love reading old autoitalia reports. make sure you go to the toiler first or you'll wee yourself. i really think they make most of it up randomly.
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As symonh says, 8c, but im hardly likely to see one let alone own one!

I would have to say the 156 GTA in alfa red of course, I haven't driven one, but it looks amazing, IMO better than the 147 GTA, has a belter of an engine and im sure will become a classic one day!
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The Junior, Sporty car for the masses, popular, sucessful. Still around today.
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personally i would discount the 8C purely because it is not a car that the masses will ever get to enjoy at owner level.

For me

GTV - Ok i am biased but that is why i bought one as i thiknk it is one of the greatest Alfas that was made, ithas looks that today still attract a lot of attention and either the TS or V6 engines give it enough performance. Handling is phenominal, it just grips and grips, the interior has a touch of old school Alfa with the recessed dials.
and it is a car that IMO needs nothing changing, the factory look is the best look for it

GTV6 - again its styling is unque, there was nothing like it in the market at the time and the V6 engine has a noise to die for, and today still look fapping great

The Bertone 105 is another of the greatest, its styling still looks good today, yes ist is a little dated, but again unmistakably Alfa, the twin cam engine was something that few other car makers were using at the time and it had quite a long production run
 
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Since when do we measure the greatness of an Alfa by Build Quality, Reliability and Comfort?

An Alfa Romeo is all about passion. And what she does to you when you're driving one. A car with a great engine note and one you want to rev to 6 or 7k rpm. Handling doesn't need to be perfect as long as the driver is in control. When she puts a smile on your face, you have the right one. A great Alfa Romeo must be relatively affordable too; a sporty car for the 'common' man or - when very expensive - a car with race history.

For me the greatest Alfas are: all Spiders except the aerodynamica up till the 916 Spider. The Giulia Sprint or GTV whether 105/115 based or 916 GTV. And also very high on the wish list: the GTV6. And from a race history point of view: the 33 Stradale and the real GTAs.

But who I am kidding: when the Alfa is powered by a Nord engine or Busso V6, I am more than satisfied
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im not that up on all the models but i would suspect the greatest would probably be pre 1960 maybe even pre war.

as for the 164 being better than the 166, i dont think either side of that one will admit defeat, the 164 is probably a more spirited drive especially with the 12v motor, but the styling is dated and the interior is vastly inferior to the 166, and the 164 is just a peugeot in drag anyway
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A few to choose from, but the greatest Alfa of all time is clearly one of the pre-war race cars. The production cars are great, but its the race cars that built the legend.
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It's a very difficult choice this one. There are Great Alfa's from every era.

You can't really compare a Pre war Alfa with a modern one. But they were both great at the time they made. How can you choose which is "better"

Just a thought.
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It's a very difficult choice this one. There are Great Alfa's from every era.

You can't really compare a Pre war Alfa with a modern one. But they were both great at the time they made. How can you choose which is "better"

Just a thought.
You can't compare them. The classic sports car of all time no doubt is the Monza. In a world where 10 bhp and 2000 rpm was considered sufficient the Monza could produce 175 bhp up to 5500. Unlike almost any other car of the time it has brakes that actually worked more than 4 times, and electrics that kept headlights going all night.
Comfort was not even considered.
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A very good thread Kalel,and a very difficult one to answer.The pre war cars are what made the brand,so much history behind the badge.Each model tells it's own story and a different chapter of what Alfa is all about.After some thought, there is no greatest model ever but lots of great one's for different reasons.I could list my favorite ones but i would end up listing every car for each part of the story so far
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GTV6
A very personal choice for me, I fell in love with the car the first time I saw one. Then I heard the engine........

ETA - this may well change when/if I ever get face to face with an 8c
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The 158/159 has to be high up the list, wasn't it unbeaten for over a decade!! Other highly valued are the pre-war 2900 and 2300 and monza and P2/3's. Post war 33 stradale and TZ2.
more mass produced it has to be the 750/101 and 105 based cars for me
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The 164 is also one of my Favorite Alfa's...




T33.2 Stradale...

Or an SZ
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I'd agree with most of alfatastic's points, I think, and a lot of what Selespeed said too.


Good thread, it's interesting to see other views. Be good if people could maybe score their choice against Kalel's criteria?

For instance, the 916 GTV would likely score highly for styling and performance, but I'm not sure there's anything much innovative about it. And although mine has been reliable (touch wood) I think there are enough common niggles (suspension, intermittent wipers, MAF, door seals, etc.) that build quality can't be a desperately high score either, so I don't think it can be close to "greatest ever".

The 8C Competizione seems to tick most of the boxes (accepting that we don't know about reliability, etc.) but is it innovative? Or does it score highly enough in the other categories that it doesn't matter?

I don't know what I'd choose. My gut feel is that it is likely to be from the pre-Fiat days.
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The 158/159 has to be high up the list, wasn't it unbeaten for over a decade!! Other highly valued are the pre-war 2900 and 2300 and monza and P2/3's. Post war 33 stradale and TZ2.
more mass produced it has to be the 750/101 and 105 based cars for me


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Montreal, anybody ?

Or if you considering accessability for the great unwashed then the Sud was as innovative car for the massses.
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Greatest Alfa Romeo have got to be the early race cars which dominated in the 1920' and 30's. Without these cars Alfa wouldn't have the heritage that we love. You could say that without Alfa Romeo there would be no Ferrari.

http://www.ddavid.com/formula1/alfap3.htm

Have a look for the Alfa P3 on youtube. Still sounds amazing today!
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