As in all the car wholly manufactured and designed by Alfa?
Probably have to go back pre FIAT days? Perhaps the 75?
To be honest. It does not matter. And I will tell you why.
Most cars you can buy these days share platforms, components and engines with other manufacturers. Its not so much the parts but the sum of the parts and how everything is packaged together to form a car which you have your experiences in. The engineers and designers at Alfa will always breath onto these mere components and turn them into something special the results of which make an Alfa Romeo an Alfa Romeo. The spirit and ethos of the brand is in every car you buy.
Every time I press the start button on my (new to me) Brera V6 it sounds like I'm firing up something special. I'm at the start of another experience. I listen to the low burble of that exhaust note. The growl as I pull away. It puts a smile on my face *every* time I start and drive off in that car.
An Alfa is the only car marque I have owned that I will look back on after I have parked it up too. They are automotive works of art.
Every Alfa I have every owned has done that for me. Regardless of the parts that make it happen.
So to me. Every single Alfa is a "real" Alfa because it has the ethos of the marque within it. The Alfa DNA.
I think that is a great comment!
I concur. Considering I own a 159, Giulietta and 75, I guess they are three totally different examples of what an "Alfa" is, but none feel less special.
The 75 is the most raw, the 159 the most beautiful and the Giulietta the most functional.
To the Alfa Aficionado, they would never consider the 159 to be a "Real" Alfa due to its weight and GM Engine line up. Unlike the Alfa 75 which is considered to be the last "Real" Alfa before the current line up of 4C and Giulia.
However, if I'm going to be honest, of the three Alfa's I own, to me the 159 is the most special and the one that gives me the biggest smile. When I push start, similar to you Matty, I feel like I'm starting something special. I think the 159 is much more beautiful than the Giulia. So if it comes down to looks, to me the 159 is "more Alfa" than a Giulia. The same goes for the interior and cabin feel between the Giulia and 159. I guess the driving dynamics is the opposite, but I still do find the 159 to be a great car to drive.
Like Matty mentioned, they are all Real Alfa's in their own way.
"Alfa Romeo is something special. It occupies a place apart. It is a kind of disease, this passion for a means of transport, a very special way of thinking about a powered vehicle..... It's to do with feelings and passions, things that have more to do with the heart than the brain."
Orazio Satta, Technical Director, Alfa Romeo- 1962
The Romance of Performance