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Lying in bed last night (i'm a bit of an insomniac!) I was pondering, what do the Alfa numbers represent, i.e. 33, 75, 145, 146, 147, 155, 156, 159, 164, 166 and so on?

Do they have any meaning, for example like BMW have a 320 meaning a three series, 2 litre, or a 530 meaning a five series, 3 litre.

Ferrari have for example at one point used a model number representing the cubic capicity of each cylinder.

Just wondered..isn't odd the things one thinks of when trying to kip? :)
 

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Not a lot of help , but the 33 was the re-using of a number from a famous car of the past.

The 75 was launched at the time of the Company's 75th Anniversary, whilst its' replacement couldn't be called a 150 ( i.e a 75 x 2) so became a 155. it's replacement is a 156. However why there was no 157 or 158 I have no idea !! After having created the "5" series cars, i can only assume it made sense that the smaller models became "4"s and the larger ones "6"s
 

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Not a lot of help , but the 33 was the re-using of a number from a famous car of the past.

The 75 was launched at the time of the Company's 75th Anniversary, whilst its' replacement couldn't be called a 150 ( i.e a 75 x 2) so became a 155. it's replacement is a 156. However why there was no 157 or 158 I have no idea !! After having created the "5" series cars, i can only assume it made sense that the smaller models became "4"s and the larger ones "6"s
These reasons for 33, 75 and 155 are spot on.
As stated 156 was follow on to 155, so just added one.
Unfortunately, when they did a smaller car than the 155 they didn't just call it the 145, they did the Bravo/Brava thing and called the 5 door by a different name, the 146.
When the follow-up to this came along, it knocked the numbers right out of kilter, they couldn't call the 156's baby sister and 146, it had already been sued, therefore 147.
In turn, when making the follow-up to the 156, this meant they couldn't use 157, as this would imply it was the same model age as the 147.
But why they didn't use 158 I don't know. I guess that it's actually because they want to go to a completely different naming regimen with the next evolution, and it makes sense to end on a 9.
I'm also not sure why 164 wasn't 165.
 

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I'll be interesting to know who actually decide on the name of a particular model. Is it the Chairman, CEO, designers, engineers etc or perhaps a committee ?
 

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These reasons for 33, 75 and 155 are spot on.
As stated 156 was follow on to 155, so just added one.
Unfortunately, when they did a smaller car than the 155 they didn't just call it the 145, they did the Bravo/Brava thing and called the 5 door by a different name, the 146.
When the follow-up to this came along, it knocked the numbers right out of kilter, they couldn't call the 156's baby sister and 146, it had already been sued, therefore 147.
In turn, when making the follow-up to the 156, this meant they couldn't use 157, as this would imply it was the same model age as the 147.
But why they didn't use 158 I don't know. I guess that it's actually because they want to go to a completely different naming regimen with the next evolution, and it makes sense to end on a 9.
I'm also not sure why 164 wasn't 165.
Absolutely brilliant! This is the sort of thing I love about Alfa Romeo. I bet there is no logical reasoning and quite a few ****-ups here and there. But as long as they produce the cars they do, with the engines sounding the way they do, they can call them anything they like in my opinion:D

This sounds like the sort of subject you could have studied for an entry into the former Mastermind quiz:lol:

Sorry I can't be of help with the naming itself:( .
 
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I know the GTV and spider are the 916 series and 916 is the frist three numbers on the chassis :D
 
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The 75 was launched at the time of the Company's 75th Anniversary, whilst its' replacement couldn't be called a 150 ( i.e a 75 x 2) so became a 155.
Not quite correct...they were going to call it the 150 but an engineer or designer (name escapes me) decided 155 had a better sound to it.

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Aye! 155 sounded better than 150. That probably goes for other languages too.

The Brits would probably call a 150 "One Fifty" rather than One-Five-Oh.

Mind you Fiat had the right idea in the 60's. The "1500" had "MilleCinquecento" in chrome script on the glove box lid for anyone who didn't know what to call it. So it was a "One Thousand five hundred" and not a fifteen hundred! :D

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It says a lot doesn't it about Italian cars when they are randomly numbered like this.
Our German friends of course are much more methodical in their numbering. (BMW/Merc etc)
 
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"The 75 was launched at the time of the Company's 75th Anniversary"

:cool:

Can I add some more value to mine then :D not that its for sale
 

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levi said:
I'm no expert but I do know that the 33 and the 159 are named/numbered in homage to the 1960's(?) typo 33 racer and the 159 racer from the early 1950's...

Here are some pics...

cheers

Levi :)
Nice one :)
 

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whatever the reason... numbers are way better than poncey names.... stare too long at an "escort" or "fiesta" and you'll lose your "focus" - it'll make you go blind don't you know....
 
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