The prestigious sports saloon Alfetta de Alfa Romeo made its international debut in May 1972 in Trieste, presented by Juan Manuel Fangio, five times Formula 1 world champion.
This totally new car it was a hybrid between 1750 and 2000, both based on the Giulia and gradually replaced. The Alfetta incorporated advanced technology that represented an evolutionary leap in the interpretation of the concept of sports saloons, born twenty years earlier with the 1900.
At the time of its launch, the Alfetta was the most sophisticated series-produced saloon on the market. It featured a longitudinal front engine (1.779cc, 122PS, 180km / h), a rear-mounted transaxle clutch and transmission system, plus De Dion rear suspension, a technical solution derived from the 159 Alfetta Formula 1, which featured a De Dion axis and that he took victory with Fangio at the wheel in the 1951 World Cup. The launch campaign highlighted this historic pedigree with images of the Alfetta saloon displayed in front of its F.1 predecessor.
The Alfetta was a success within a few months of starting its long production cycle (until 1984 with different versions and displacements), obtaining a market share of 40% in its segment.
In the 80s, it was the first car to adopt variable valve timing, an internationally patented Alfa Romeo technology that is still included in engine design. In addition to its undeniable dynamic qualities, the Alfetta offered comfort, quality of life and a renewed concept of a high-performance saloon.
In total, 476.000 units were built before the model ended its production run in 1984.