Alfa Romeo Central Parts Operation...

I know many of you, like myself, would love to just be using original Alfa Romeo parts on our restorations, but these NOS (New Old Stock) parts are getting as rare as hens teeth! Here is a scan of an orginal document I have showcasing Alfa’s pride in their quality parts and statements that they are much better than aftermarket. I know in my experience the fit and finish is much better with the original items than the reproductions available. Just try and fit aftermarket door seals and you will know what I mean! Alfa had a 344450 square foot warehouse and 7.4 miles of shelves full of parts. Wouldn’t it be nice to have had that at your disposal! If you are looking for NOS parts, a friend has a website where he sells them and also takes requests to track specific parts down as well....

Portello factory bombed during World War 2...

As with most Italian manufacturing plants, the Alfa Romeo Portello plant was converted to the production of war machinery. Alfa produced aircraft engines, trucks, buses and cars for military use.  It was bombed three times. In 1940,1943 and 1944 which destroyed 60% of the plant. After the heavy bombing it received on the 20th October 1944, it ceased all work. It then resumed limited functionality after the peace treaty was signed but due to the damage sustained was only able to make electric cooking appliances, doors, windows, etc. All the things that Italy needed to rebuild domestically. Many of the valuable cars were stored(hidden) on a farm at Melzo, to be retrieved once the war was over, and most of the then 8000 workers were involved in the rebuilding of the factory for Auto production....

Alfa Romeo Portello Factory...

The Alfa Romeo Portello Plant in Portello, Milan, Italy was the first production plant for Alfa. It was the main facility between 1908 and the 1960’s when the Arese Plant was built. It survived in some form until the 1980’s when it was completely closed.  Other manufacturers positioned themselves in Portello around the Alfa factory for obvious reasons. Fiat, Carrozzeria Touring and Zagato were notable neighbours. The first ALFA to be produced in the Portello factory was the 24HP in 1910 and some of the last were the Giuliettas of the 1950’s. The Portello factory not only built beautiful cars, it was also used for other machinery during the wars along with Alfa Romeo’s other production facilities in Saronno, Naples, Triest and Rome. Some of the machinery produced were tractors, trucks, buses, locomotives, train wagons as well as engines for ships and airplanes. The Portello factory also got bombed during WW2 for its contribution… After World War II, the factory was rebuilt with the aim of ‘mass production cars’. So the finely crafted pre-war cars were no more and Alfa Romeos were more affordable to the masses. In 1954 the Guilietta was the first affordable mass produced Alfa. With the smaller engined 1300 variants it became very popular. The form of the Giuliettas was highly successful due to the top Italian body designers such as Bertone, Pininfarina and Zagato creating the variants. Production success from 1950 to 1959 had risen 900%, so Alfa Romeo had outgrown the premises. So due to the scale of production and increase in demand a new factory was soon built in Arese which was the birth place of the 105 series Giulia. This modern facility contributed to the demise of Portello. (If you are viewing this post as an...

Montreal V8 Marine Engine...

The Montreal engine was also adapted for marine applications. It won quite a few competitions too. It was made to compete in the  2500 race category, so they reduced the bore from 80mm to 78mm to get the engine size down from 2593cc to 2466cc.  the main mods were for the marinized version were the engine supports, the exhaust manifolds , output couplers and the oil/coolant heat exchanger. This quad-cam 90° V8 engine weighed 190 kg and was 190 bhp stock. The tuned version was 260 bhp. Some of the race and record successes of this engine are: Franco Gilberti’s Montreal-powered created 3 world records in this class at Sarino in October 1971Celli and Popoli, Lignano Sabbiadoro and Cremona won races in 1973 Frigerio-Lucini won the R4 2500 class world championship at Sabaudia with their  Montreal-powered speedboat Leopoldo Casanova achieved a world record speed of 225 km/h with this engine tuned to 315 bhp at 8800rpm on the Lake of Sabaudia. As well as the 2500 race series a few engines were used in the crazy offshore racing category. The boats had twin Montreal engines! Caprara and Scalabrin’s speedboat UFO 66 set a new Euro record in this category in 1973 There was also a marine version of the 3-litre Montreal engine which pumped out 340 bhp and then the even more insane Autodelta version of a 4-litre version of the 33/3 engine which had a staggering 500 bhp for a weight of 180 kg. The offshore powerboat Dart had two of these engines and could reach speeds of  about 150 km/h....

Montreal Assembly

The bodywork of the Montreal was assembled in the Bertone factory at Caselle (a secondary factory to the main one at Grugliasco, situated near Turin) Alfa Romeo (Arese factory) sent the floorpan to Caselle along with the individual components body components. Much of it was identical to the Giulia GT (105 series), apart from the firewall which was prestamped with the chassis number. There were a few assembly lines set up for the framework of the sides, the roof structure, and the front and rear ends. After assembly  the body  was sent to be painted and trimmed, to the principle factory at Grugliasco, where it was prepped for electrophoretic coating.  First grease removal and then etching. The last is a chemical cleaning dip in a tank containing a special solution. It then proceeded to the phosphatising of the panels to protect them from corrosion. Next up the body was then immersed in an electrophoretic tank to apply a protective base paint allowing a coating in all the hard-to-get-at  areas. Then the application of sound-proofing on the floorpan. The final paint application was sprayed by hand rather than machine. After that it was final body assembly before being sent to the Alfa Romeo Arese factory for all the mechanicals to be...

Montreal Prototipo

The Alfa Romeo Montreal was born as a “concept car” for the Expo ’67 in Montreal. It was displayed without a name but was soon labelled the ‘Montreal’ for obvious reasons It is a 2 +2 coupe designed by Marcello Gandini of “Carrozzeria Bertone” It was based off the chassis of the Giulia Sprint Gt and used the engine of 1570cc Giulia Ti (tipo 105.14) Two prototypes were built, one of which is preserved in the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese. It was such a hit that AR decided to put it into production. The gestation period was quite long at three years and numerous changes where made. I think many of the pure lines of the prototype were lost and it became too busy, heavy and savage looking. But hey, I guess that happens a lot. Just compare the production Brera to the concept Brera… Stay tuned for a post on the Monty in...

Tipo 33 Stradale

The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is to me the most beautiful short production car ever built! There were only 18 made. It was based on the Tipo 33 race car. The car, designed by Franco Scaglione and built by Carrozzeria Marazzi, made its debut at the 1967 Turin Motorshow. Race engineer Carlo Chiti designed the dry-sump alloy 2L V8 that had Spica fuel injection, four ignition coils and 16 spark plugs. The engine produced 230 hp in road trim and 270 bhp in race trim. It has a six-speed transaxle gearbox by Valerio Colotti. The car has 13 inch Campagnolo made magnesium wheels and Girling disc brakes on all four...

1964 Giulia Ti (tipo 105-14)...

CHASSIS NUMBER: 441165 OWNER: LEMOINE Stéphane COUNTRY: FRANCE DETAILS (if possible include the info from the Alfa Archives): Sortie des usines milanaise le 25 mai 1964. Banquette 6 places. Levier de vitesse au volant (Cambio volante) Built May 25,1964. Early column shift Ti with front Bench seat (6 seater!)...

1969 GIULIA 1300TI

CHASSIS NUMBER: AR763888 OWNER: CARL MERRITT COUNTRY: AUSTRALIA DETAILS (if possible include the info from the Alfa Archives): Now running a quirky 1600 and awaiting clutch and then historic rego-thanks Derek for your help netherlone this site-see you out there...