OG Stradale

5 Dec

We got into an interesting discussion today at work about the origin of some suffixes”you see on so many cars.  It began with us discussion “Superleggera”, which many now identify with Lamborghini, but in actuality, was a specific manufacturing process started back in the first half of the 20th century.  So I started thinking, what cars were the first to use interesting suffixes we might think of today.

Everyone who is into cars knows Ferrari’s 430 Challenge Stradale.  Stradale means street, and the name certainly makes sense, as it’s Ferrar’s street going version of the Challenge race car.  The first example I could find of Stradale being used in the name of a car was this stunning Alfa Romeo Type 33 (which interestingly is now part of the Fiat family, like Ferrari).  This is automotive art personifiedalfastradale

Interestingly enough, it also was one of the few cars to use the literal Superleggera production method, which consists of essentially a full tube chassis car, that the exterior aluminum panels then closely follow.  Aston Martin used them on several cars from the 50’s and 60’s, including the gorgeou DB5 (Bond, James Bond).  But back to this Alfa.  One of 14, yep, just 14, ever made.  And you thought your GTR might be rare!

2 Responses to “OG Stradale”

  1. Teddy December 5, 2008 at 8:54 PM #

    Sorry to be a stickler, but I did not want the GT-R owners’ to go into deep depression due to the rarity of the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale in comparison to their road beast… the true number is only 18 cars built, you gave the car a false perception of being rare by shorting the number 4 cars.

    Question: does the Ferrari 430 Challenge Stradale mimic certain key features of the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale: Rear scoops, familiar rear end, front fenders follow the same shape just ferraris it not as dramatic, headlights…. all similar but not exact… I do understand the designs are functional, so there we can assume they will appear on alot of sports cars… but they don’t and in 1967 they could not have design something that lasted in design till 2009… just a thought.

  2. Adam December 6, 2008 at 12:29 PM #

    Thanks Teddy – I’ll have to do a bit of research on the 430 vs the Type 33. What is pretty obvious though is Alfa’s new 8C definitely has alot of design cues from the Type 33. What you find on alot of these 1950’s-1960’s sports cars in particular are really timeless designs. This was the heyday of sports car design and manufacturing IMHO. So many of these elements are still shown on cars of today

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