Posts from ‘Alfa Romeo’

Aug
04
1983-1990 Alfa Romeo Spider

Alfa Romeo Spider

Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2021 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Cheap Wheels

The Alfa Romeo Spider had a long history in the U.S. It first went on sale as a 1967 model called Duetto. It was fairly typical for a two-seat convertible sports car in its day with low bodywork, a four-cylinder engine, Weber carburetors, manual transmission, folding top, and a live rear axle. For this Cheap Wheels, we pick it up further downstream, in 1983, when Alfa facelifted the already long-running Pininfarina-designed car. By then it was called Spider Veloce, and these Alfas are sometimes referred to as Series 3 Spiders. 

Feb
16
Unusual Paint Hues at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show, 2022 Auto Colors

Unusual Paint Hues at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show

Auto shows around the globe were dealt a huge blow by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Chicago Auto Show (Consumer Guide’s “hometown” auto show) fared better than most of them. The 2020 edition of the show happened in February 2020—less than a month before the coronavirus hit the United States in earnest and lockdowns began, making it the last “normal” big-league auto show. For 2021, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (the organization that produces the Chicago Auto Show) was able to work with state and local authorities to pull off a special indoor/outdoor edition of the show in mid-July. For 2022, the show returns to its traditional February time slot. In fact, it’s going on as we type this—the show runs through February 21 at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center.

Feb
11
Driving Electric Vehicles in Winter

Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast.

Jul
19
Chevy Fuel Injection, Cars Ads Featuring Fuel Injection

1986 Chevrolet Pickup

By most accounts, the automotive period known as the Malaise Era lasted from 1973 until 1983. During that time, the performance of most new vehicles paled in comparison to the less-regulated cars of  just a few years earlier. Blame the government if you will, as low-lead gas, fuel-economy standards, and emissions regulations all took a serious toll on the horsepower output of most engines. I say most, because some cars suffered less than others. And there was one main reason for that relative immunity to the Malaise Era woes: fuel injection.

Jan
22

Stellantis Logo, Brands of Stellantis

On January 18, on the Euronext Paris stock exchange, shares of Stellantis traded hands for very first time. A merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and the Peugeot Group (PSA), Stellantis is now the world’s third-largest automaker, with projected 2021 sales approaching 8 million light vehicles–ranking the new company behind only Toyota and Volkswagen, and ahead of General Motors and Hyundai Motor Company.

Sep
17
Alfa Romeo 1900C

1953 Alfa Romeo 1900C Ghia Coupe

Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2011 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

When Alfa Romeo wanted to make a splash at the 35th Turin Automobile Show, it asked six coachbuilders to build a custom body on the Alfa 1900 chassis. They were Bertone, Castagna, Boneschi, Pinin Farina, Vignale, and Turin’s own Ghia.

Aug
26
Alfa

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Lusso AWD in Verde Visconti Metallic (a $600 option)

Lusso 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Lusso AWD

Class: Premium Compact Car

Miles driven: 272

Fuel used: 10.6 gallons

Aug
17
A Gallery of 1988 Sedan Ads

1988 Pontiac Bonneville SSE

By 1988, light-duty trucks—a category which includes pickups, minivans, and SUVs—accounted for roughly one third of new-vehicle sales. At the time, the popularity of trucks seemed scandalous to many in the automotive media, most whom wagged a stern figure at automakers, warning that a sudden surge in the price of gas would leave dealers with lots full of unsellable product.

Jul
03
Cars of 1940

Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast.

Jun
12
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio in Misano Blue Metallic (a $600 option)

2015 Audi Q52020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 165

Fuel used: 9.7 gallons