Alfa Romeo is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury cars. Though it has a rich history on the racing circuit, Alfa Romeo is also one of the biggest premium luxury vehicle makers in Europe as well as other parts of the world. The Italian carmaker can be gauged by the fact that according to legend Henry Ford used to doff his hat when he saw an Alfa Romeo out of respect for the car. Whether or not he actually did that, here are 5 facts that show that Alfa Romeo is definitely worth doffing our caps to.
The current logo used by Alfa Romeo was created in 1909 and is basically the heraldic logo for the city of Milan. It shows the banner of Milan – The Red Cross – and a Green snake devouring a man which symbolizes the defeat of the Moors at the hands of the Visconti of Milan.
The Racing Car
Alfa Romeo almost immediately began with motor racing after it was founded. Auto racing for Alfa Romeo started back in 1911, and since then Alfa Romeo has won numerous races including the Formula One Grand Prix, Indy Racing series, and Touring circuit car racing.
Ferrari was originally part of Alfa Romeo
Ferrari was originally created as a part of Alfa Romeo in 1929 as Scuderia Ferrari specifically for racing. Enzo Ferrari was not interested in producing road cars at first when he formed the company. Ferrari became the racing division of Alfa Romeo. In 1933 Alfa Romeo withdrew its in house racing team and Scuderia Ferrari took over as its works team. In 1938 Alfa Romeo brought its racing division back in-house
During World War II, Benito Mussolini helped Alfa Romeo
For years after World War II, Alfa Romeo was considered to be Mussolini’s true legacy after the war. He loved the Alfa Romeo, going so far as to make sure that the Italian state actually owned Alfa Romeo while he was in power. The company was almost bankrupt by 1932 and so Mussolini’s interest in the car manufacturer saved it from going out of business.
The 1960’s brought on Global Expansion
The company expanded around the world – especially Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, and Spain. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta was assembled in some of these countries. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, used to own an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider. In fact, in 1961 Alfa Romeo celebrated 100,001 Guilietta’s sold.
If you’ve never experienced the feel of driving one of the world’s most exquisite automobiles then head into your local dealer today. You’ll be glad you did.