What It Takes to Win the Grand Prize at Villa d'Este

It takes a 1968 Alfa Romeo 33/2 Stradale.

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The 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero might have been the most interesting oddball at this year's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, but it was a 1968 Alfa Romeo 33/2 Stradale that won the Coppa d'Oro, the grand prize voted by the audience.

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And the Alfa won by a landslide, getting more than twice the votes of any other car.

Derived from the 1967 Tipo 33 sports prototype, the 33/2 Stradale was an 18-unit run of road-going racing cars, powered by a 2.0 V8. Designed by long-time Alfa coachbuilder Franco Scaglione, the first prototype was built alongside the racing version at Autodelta's workshop in Milan. Production then landed at Carrozzeria Marazzi, a new company set up by the Marazzi family with employees poached from the then bankrupt Carrozzeria Touring.

Alfa's 2.0 V8 produces 230 horsepower at 8800 rpm, or up to 270 in race trim, with its redline pushed to 10,000 rpm. The power goes through a six-speed Colotti transaxle gearbox.

Of the eighteen made, five chassis were used to create a total of six Alfa Romeo concept cars: the Navajo and Carabo by Bertone, the P33 Roaster, the 33/2 Coupé Speciale and the P33 Cuneo by Pininfarina, and the Iguana by Italdesign Giugiaro.

Today, ten of the thirteen Stradale-bodied Alfa 33/2s survive.

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