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Old 06-30-2009, 08:14 AM   #1
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Default Alfa Romeo Aerodinamica Spider



This one is off-topic for sure, but it's a great story about a gorgeous car and I figured you guys could at least appreciate it. If not, just skip it... We'll be back with big news tomorrow. Until then, let's check out what was going on at Alfa Romeo...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.
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Old 06-30-2009, 08:19 AM   #2
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Neat lookin' car, reminds me of a beetle ready to fly with the engine compartment open. Also liked the story of the shoot out with the "Commies". Thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-30-2009, 08:43 AM   #3
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Default Re: Alfa Romeo Aerodinamica Spider

Ryan or anyone:

Where is the car now? Obviously it is a significant piece of history.

Too bad it didn't have a few bullet holes in it as momentos of the shoot out.
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:10 AM   #4
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Default Re: Alfa Romeo Aerodinamica Spider

That's a neat car, but it's not as good looking as the Auto Union car that you mentioned. Regardless, it'd be neat to see this car lowered with either disc wire wheel covers or a set of the windowless Halibrands on it.
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:59 AM   #5
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Jano was a genius, one of the greats, known best today for his work with Ferrari. Going up against the might of the prewar German efforts was no easy task. He had come to Alfa in 1923 designing many sports and championship cars, notably the P2. At the request of racing team manager Enzo Ferrari, Jano was brought back to the board immediately prewar; the period in which this interesting car was developed. Their is a full article on this car in Octane magazine, archived in their website.

http://www.classicandperformancecar....ca_spider.html

Jano's replacement Ricart designed the relevant 512 championship car seen below.

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Old 06-30-2009, 10:05 AM   #6
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Default Re: Alfa Romeo Aerodinamica Spider

and seeing Ryan has given an all-clear to play a little bit O/T, here are some notable Alfa aerodynamic classics. One of my favorite marques.

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Old 06-30-2009, 10:10 AM   #7
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That's gorgeous!
I read an interesting story years ago about a guy who tracked down a Mercedes Benz 540K that was given to Stalin by Hitler.Stalin considered it too bourgeois and gave it to one of his generals as a staff car.A guy tracked it down to his kid's country estate. He thought about diassembling it but then said WTF.He drove it across the border on a Sunday like he owned it.......it worked!
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:23 AM   #8
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That's gorgeous!
I read an interesting story years ago about a guy who tracked down a Mercedes Benz 540K...

there are a LOT of interesting tales of tracking down, procuring and smuggling rare cars out of the former soviet block nations. . . Bluto could tell us volumes, but thats for another blog entry
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:33 AM   #9
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What a fantastic car! Thank you Ryan for bringing it to our attention. I do have a question about the car; why does it have right hand drive if it was designed by Slavs for an Italian company? Did the Jankovits plan on their little trip out of the country and over to Great Britain well before they actually took the trip and, consequently, made the conversion?

Hmmmmmmmm, who knows...
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:37 AM   #10
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That's simply amazing, thank you for bringing this up. Damn that is beautiful!!
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:42 AM   #11
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What a fantastic car! Thank you Ryan for bringing it to our attention. I do have a question about the car; why does it have right hand drive if it was designed by Slavs for an Italian company? Did the Jankovits plan on their little trip out of the country and over to Great Britain well before they actually took the trip and, consequently, made the conversion?

Hmmmmmmmm, who knows...
It's actually center steer.... not left or right...
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:05 PM   #12
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Center steer so you can have the ladies on both sides, cool looking for sure.
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:11 PM   #13
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:38 PM   #14
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It's actually center steer.... not left or right...
I thought that's what it looked like! You don't see center steer a whole lot. The only other car I can think of with that is the '90s McLaren F1 supercar.

Anyways, beautiful car. Very interesting story behind it. I like the part about the shootout.

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Old 06-30-2009, 04:24 PM   #15
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Ah, the shady world of Eastern Europe during the troubles.
This car has a very incomplete documented history. Some say it was bought by an American GI but resold not long after and returned to Italy.
This car has had many different colors but it is known the original color was a dark green. The journalist mentioned by Ryan hasn't had any luck finding any more details but he continues to seek existing and former residents of Rijeka {previously Fiume}. One has to understand that during this period in Croatia exotic cars were nonexistent.
Interesting piece nontheless.
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:04 AM   #16
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i dont know where to start with this...

its got simple lines, nothing complex that draws the eye to one point, low and sporty, i like that a lot... the sleek center of the car does kinda contrast with the way the fender tops blend along the entire side of the car, almost like a VW made it with a belly tank racer...
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:10 AM   #17
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I love it the way it is! "Improve" on it too much, and you've got a different car. Wouldn't be the same.
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:18 AM   #18
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and perhaps the first mid-engined car, the 1923 Benz "Tropfenwagen".

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Old 06-30-2009, 10:33 AM   #19
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What a sensual looking thing. Some of the machines from that era are so beautiful both aesthetically and mechanically. The Auto Union cars were pretty amazing too but had that, German, purpose built look like a Messerschmitt or Stuka.
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:37 AM   #20
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sleek and sexy, especially for the era... damn we were behind in that department.
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