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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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For the 2012 edition of the historical "Mille Miglia" tribute, the Alfa Romeo Historic Motoring team will be lining up four official Museum vehicles, two pre-war - the "1500 SS" and the "1750 GS" - and two models from the 1950s -the "1900 SS" and the "2000 Sportiva" - which in accordance with the regulations, took part in the Mille Miglia race, held from 1927 to 1957, and which saw Alfa vehicles triumph some eleven times: a record which remains unbeaten.

The Mille Miglia 2012 will start off in a year packed with Alfa Romeo anniversaries. In addition to the Giulia's 50th birthday and celebration of the Alfetta's 40th, it is the 80th anniversary of the first win of an "8C" at the Mille Miglia. In 1932 Baconin Borzacchini and Amedeo Bignami crossed the finish line in Brescia aboard an "8C 2300" followed by a twin car and another five Alfa Romeos that filled the order of arrival up to seventh place.

The "6C 1500 Super Sport" of 1928 (Stabilimenti Farina bodywork) is the first "turismo" model of the "Jano" era. The "1500" made its début by winning the 1927 Modena Circuit with the team of Enzo Ferrari-Giulio Ramponi. It won the first of 11 Alfa victories at the Mille Miglia the following year, with Giuseppe Campari and Giulio Ramponi, who clinched the win with a car similar to that of the Alfa Romeo Museum.

The "6C 1750 Gran Sport" of 1930 (Zagato body) is a car that became a legend at the Mille Miglia. Tazio Nuvolari and Giovanni Battista Guidotti won the 1930 edition with a 1750, and it was at this edition that the driver from Mantua beat the record of 100 km/h average speed over the entire course. The contrast with Achille Varzi - also behind the wheel of an Alfa Romeo 1750 - was the leitmotif of the race, which reached its climax in the legend of his "overtaking with headlights off", to the detriment of the driver from Galliate.

The 1956 "1900 Super Sprint" is an elegant coupé with a body of a Touring car typical of the 1900s, a prestigious gran turismo in the 1950s and the top of the Alfa Romeo range at the time (the "family saloon that wins races"). The 1900 SS took part in a large number of Mille Miglia race editions. It was the favourite car of many private drivers because it guaranteed an effective blend of performance and reliability.

The "2000 Sportiva" closes the group of Alfa Romeo Museum cars, an exclusive gran turismo sporting glamorous and dynamic lines. The "Sportiva" was designed by Franco Scaglione, the same designer who created the "Giulietta Sprint" and the "33 Stradale". From the mechanical viewpoint, the "2000 Sportiva" was derived from the "1900", with the sophistication of the rear "De-Dion" axle, a solution that was adopted on the "Alfetta" saloon 20 years later.

The official historic cars of the Alfa Romeo Museum will be accompanied by a fleet of Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 MultiAir TCTs, the car that boasts the best efficiency to performance ratio of its category. It records extraordinarily low fuel consumption and emissions (5.2 l/100 km in the combined cycle and 121 g/km of CO2 emissions) and at the same time outstanding performance worthy of an Alfa Romeo: a top speed of 218 km/h and 7.7 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h. In detail, the innovative Alfa TCT double clutch gearbox works either completely automatically or sequentially, through manual control of the up and down positions of the gear lever using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. In addition, the driver can customise his car's character using the Alfa DNA driving selector to enhance its features of comfort, performance, safety and efficiency.

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