by Karl Schnelle
This year has been full of coincidences. I found two 1/43 Alfettas that I heard about years ago but never did buy. They are not too rare but not easily had for a good price in the US. Both are part of different partworks from Europe.
It all started with Brian Owen’s article on post-WWII pre-F1 race cars, in the July 2016 issue of Model Collector. He mentioned that only Brumm and Altaya, a Spanish partworks company, made the 158, the famous #2 ‘Alfetta’ in which Farina won the British Grand Prix in 1950. Of course, the Alfettas won every race they entered in 1950 with their drivers, Farina and Fangio, winning 11 races!
I had a few BRUMMs so I went searching for the Altaya and found the #4 car of Englishman Reg Parnell.
Only at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix did Alfa run the four Alfettas with race number 1-4. So this had to be the car. Maybe Altaya made the other two as well. An easy change to make!
Check out Fangio driving the Alfetta at Monza in 1970! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0Uj-GuFQF0
Then, the same seller had another Alfetta for sale in 1:43, albeit slightly more modern and pedestrian. Alfa cashed in on the fame of the Alfetta and named their 4-door car after it, sold from 1972 to 87 (from 75-79 in the US). I drove the 1976 US-spec version, so I had to get this one as well. Also, the cow-catcher in the front and roof rack attracted my attention! Unlike the original Alfetta, I had no idea what this contraption represented. Google rescued me because the base it was mounted on had a lot of info.
This partwork was released by Fabbri and made by Metro for the Alfa Romeo Sport Collection. This 72 Alfetta participated in the 1973 Raid Capo Nord – Capo Sud according to the base. Of course you could easily read this on the side of the model as well. This car ran 26,000 km from North (Norway) to South (Cape of Good Hope).
Some photos of the real Alfetta Raid: http://www.mondoalfetta.it/alfetta-gt-26-v8/ http://www.theitalianjob.gr/blog/?p=3153 http://www.vintagegarage.ru/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=290 https://alfetta116.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/alfa-romeo-alfetta-capo-nord-capo-sud-raid/
More Alfetta Coincidences – Both these partworks had rusty screws attaching them to their black plastic bases. No amount of WD-40 and wrenching would release them. Do I need to drill them out? Your ideas are welcome.
Also, I attended the US National Alfa Romeo Convention this year, bringing the Alfetta connection up to the present time. I saw a blue Alfetta there just like the one I had – mine was a 76 and the one below is a 77… Close enough. In 22 years, the 1950 Grand Prix Alfetta was transformed into a 4-door sport sedan in 1972. And now it is 44 years later, and I run into a blue Alfetta again! Amazing coincidence!
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