The sexiest thing at Chicago is this 48-year-old Alfa

The Tipo 33 Stradale is timelessly, impossibly beautiful. And I hate to say it ... it's the best-looking car here.

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Ian Merritt
The Tipo 33 Stradale is timelessly, impossibly beautiful. And I hate to say it ... it's the best-looking car at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.
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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
Over at the Alfa Romeo stand here in Chicago, the Tipo 33 Stradale again made an appearance.
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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
And if we're being honest, it's the most eye-popping thing around. The 4C Spyder behind it may as well be invisible—and that's a sweet car.
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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
The Tipo 33 Stradale is distantly related to the race cars it shares the Tipo 33 name with. 
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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
Behind those animalistic fenders is a 2-liter V8 in a frantic state of tune. It's the definition of high-maintenance.
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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
But also, the definition of desirability. That poor Lincoln in the background is doomed to languished unlooked at as long as the Tipo 33 is within sight.
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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
The Tipo 33 Stradale is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful cars in the world. The arguments against it are spurious.
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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
What the pictures don't really convey is the tiny-ness of it. It's a slip of a thing. The 4C looms over it.
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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
Just look at that greenhouse. Just look at those dihedral doors—incidentally, the first production vehicle to feature them.
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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
The swollen tires burst out from under the massive fenders, setting off the gold mag wheels. It's simply perfect.
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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
Of course, like all sexy Italians of the era, ventilation looks problematic. Surely it's a little hot in the summer sun.
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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
The quad driving lights mark it as an early car. The later ones had, to my eyes, a less-attractive single-light design.
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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
It looks like it would have been perfectly at home tearing down the Mulsanne Straight. 
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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
To be honest, it probably could have. The difference between road-going supercar and full-bore race car were slight in the 1960s.
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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
The vestigial Alfa grille is a wonderful touch.
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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
Enjoy the rest of our photos of the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale from the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.
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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
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