The world can never have too many Italian sports cars as far as we are concerned. The Italians seem to have figured out exactly what enthusiasts want and Alfa is right up there with Ferrari and Maserati.
The company got its start in 1906 by a group of Italian investors who funded a French automobile company named, “Alexandre Darracq”. As it turned out, Italiana Darracq was not selling the quantities as expected so three years later the investors hired a new designer; Giuseppe Merosi. On June 24, 1910, a new company was founded and was named A.L.F.A. which was the acronym for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, which simply means: Lombard Automobile Factory, Public Company. The company was still in business with Darracq, in part.
The first car manufactured by the newly-formed company was a 24 horsepower A.L.F.A. In 1915, the company was run by Nicola Romeo, who turned the factory into a military hardware manufacturer for the war. In 1920, the company was still being run by Romeo, so it changed its name to Alfa Romeo.
After years of having on and off financial difficulties, the company was sold to the Fiat Group in 1986. Considering the company’s start which was intended to churn out high performance racing cars, it’s not surprising that over the years the Alfa won several racing awards, including the Grand Prix motor racing, Formula One and many more. After all, they made their first racing car in 1913, so they have always had a great reputation and deep interest in the race car category.
In 1995, Alfas stopped being exported to the United States because of the low interest, but began again in 2006, with a wide variety of new models. The 8C Competizione was the first model to become popular again and although sales have not quite hit their mark in the past couple of years, the company is determined to sell 500,000 units during the course of this year.
Today, we’re displaying the top ten most expensive and popular models-to-date. Although, according to Sergio Marchionne, we are to be on the lookout for more mainstream models that will be introduced in 2015. We can’t wait as this brand is so outrageously James Bond-looking, we’d love to see a lot more of them on the road.
Believe it or not, their low-end models are affordable for anyone who normally buys a high-end, luxury car like the Lexus, Mercedes or Porsche. Take a look at these beauties and add one to your wish list for next year when all of the new models come out.
Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione: $3.5 Million
This is another model that was hidden during the war and revived later. It was made between 1925 and 1954 and was originally introduced at the 1925 Salone dell’Automobile di Milano as the 6C 1500. Oscar Jankovits designed the sleek shape of this car and the prototype was hidden in his garage in Fiume during the war. As it turns out, the Jankovits brothers drove it into Italy and ended up having to sell it to an Anglo-American officer and that was the last anyone saw of it for 20 years. It was finally found in England and ten years later returned for restoration. This was a moment of celebration for the company, who had tried to purchase it after it’s discovery.