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By Ketan Patel


Alfa Romeo - Mille Miglia 2012 Revival Parade Review

The Alfa Romeo Historic Motoring team had a big part to play at this year's Mille Miglia event, where they've lined up four of their museum vehicles which ensured a total of eleven victories in the 1000 miles race between years 1927 and 1957. The four participants were the 1500 SS, 1750 GS –both of which participated in the event pre-war- and two post-war legends, the 1900 SS and 2000 Sportiva.

Each one of these four legendary cars deserve the respect of every gearhead around the world, so we will try and give you a quick history lesson to why they are so important.

First, the 6C 1500 Super Sport was the first turismo model of the "Jano" era, but that's not actually why this vehicle is remembered. The 1500 made a huge impact in the motoring world ever since it made its debut at the 1927 Modena Circuit alongside the Enzo Ferrari-Giulio Ramponi team where the car in question won the event. Its success did not stop here and in the following years the 1500 won the first few of the eleven Alfa victories at the Mille Miglia race.

Next in line and the second pre-war legend is the 6C 1750 Grand Sport which won the1930 Mille Miglia race, but it was also the first car to beat the record of 100 km/h average sped over the entire 1000 mile course.

The post-war era brought forth the 1900 Super Sprint which became one of the most prestigious grand turismo of the 90's era. The 1900 SS was an elegant coupe that was able to successfully mix both performance and reliability, a trait which gave it the nickname "a family saloon that wins races".

Last but certainly not least, the 2000 Sportiva from 1954 which is one of the best looking and glamorous cars of the past century. It was designed by Franco Scaglione fromBertone but unfortunately, although the 2000 Sportiva was meant to be a mass-production car it never made it and instead the Giulietta Sprint –also designed by Franco Scaglione- took its place as a mass production Alfa. Technically speaking the 2000 Sportiva was quite ahead of its time, featuring an all-aluminum body and the De Dion rear axle which 20 years later was adopted by the Alfetta.

Bottom line, the Mille Miglia 2012 Revival Parade was an event at which almost every motorist in the world wanted to participate. Not only it was the 80th anniversary of the first win of an 8C at the Mille Miglia, but it was also the 50th anniversary of the Giulia and the 40th anniversary of the Alfetta.

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