June 17, 2022, Auburn Hills, Mich. - The 40th edition of the re-enactment of the 1000 Miglia, the “the world’s most beautiful race” according to Enzo Ferrari, is underway and will start from Brescia on June 15 and return on June 18 after making stops at some of Italy’s most charming locations. Half race and half adventure, this year the 1000 Miglia will include more than 400 priceless vintage cars, 118 of which belong to the brands Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Lancia — a team of undisputed leaders in Italian motorsports.
As usual, Alfa Romeo is the star of the event with 50 of its vehicles at the starting line, the most of any other brand. These include three models from the brand’s private collection, which are normally on display at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese: the 6C 1500 Super Sport from 1928, the 1900 Sport Spider from 1954 and the 1900 Super Sprint from 1956.
These three jewels of the historical collection are being led by exceptional teams. Driving 2019’s winning vehicle, the 6C 1500 Super Sport, there is the multi-titled couple (in sport, life and in their careers as pediatricians) of Giovanni Moceri and Valeria Dicembre. Meanwhile, on board the 1900 Super Sprint, there are two representatives of Alfa Romeo manufacturing: Francesco Pirozzi, a member of the body shop at the Giambattista Vico plant in Pomigliano, and Cristina Posta, an employee of the assembly department at the Cassino plant. Finally, Alessandro Alunni Bravi, the managing director of Sauber Motorsport, and Vicki Piria, the driver and sports commentator, make up the team competing on board the 1900 Sport Spider.
These three extraordinary, moving works of art belong to the private Heritage collection, the Stellantis department dedicated to the protection and promotion of the historical heritage of Alfa Romeo. The spirit with which Alfa Romeo faces the 40th edition of the 1000 Miglia is that which has distinguished the brand from its origins. A brand that has, in performance and competition, a fundamental trait of its DNA of noble sportsmanship since 1910.
Alfa Romeo Tonale will lead Alfa Romeo’s timeless jewels
Throughout its history, Alfa Romeo has always been able to maintain its stature and express its glorious past and inimitable DNA in each of its new models. For this reason, every Alfa Romeo inspires admiration; and this not only holds true for its classic cars, but also for its current ones as well, which will join the 1000 Miglia convoy on its journey through Italy’s most evocative landscapes and towns. The Tonale will also embark upon those roads and enjoy the warmth and affection with which the fans at the 1000 Miglia greet the convoy each year.
Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Super Sport from 1928
All eyes will be glued to the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Super Sport, whose body was built at the Stabilimenti Farina, as this incredible vehicle from the Alfa Romeo Historical Museum looks to repeat the success it had in the 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2019 editions of this race. It was also victorious in 2007 and 2008 in the 1000 Millas Sport in Argentina. This spectacular vehicle from 1928 is equipped with a 1,487cc six-cylinder engine that supplies a maximum output of 76CV at 4,800 rpm and reaches a maximum speed of 140 km/h. Only 31 of these models were made between 1928 and 1929.
1900 Super Sprint from 1956
This elegant coupé with bodywork by Touring is the "gran turismo" model of the 1900, whose claim "the family car which wins races" made it famous in the 1950s. With sporty performance, which is still impressive today, the Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint is based on a short version of the 1900 sedan body and has a two-liter, four-cylinder engine with the brand’s trademark double camshaft and 115 hp of power at 5,500 rpm. In the 1950s, it was common for the best Italian designers to acquire the rolling chassis from Alfa Romeo and complete it with a body that was designed and produced in-house. The model with the greatest success came from the Milanese company Touring, whose version of the Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint is still considered as one of the most balanced and refined coupés ever produced for the Biscione. Between 1954 and 1955, 300 models were produced.
1900 Sport Spider from 1954
An extremely rare racing Spider - with only two models being made - this model is equipped with a four-cylinder “1900” double camshaft and able to reach 220 km/h thanks to its weight of 880 kilograms and particularly efficient aerodynamics. Standing out for its innovative design by Franco Scaglione for Carrozzeria Bertone, the 1900 Sport Spider is equipped with a 5-speed transmission and a De Dion rear axle. Its performance and driving are as good as a modern vehicle, with superior and reactive handling and elevated road holding. This extraordinary vehicle will be driven by Alessandro Alunni Bravo, the managing director of Sauber Sport (Alfa Romeo’s partner in the “circus” of Formula 1), together with the young driver and sports commentator Vicki Piria, who, though not yet in her 30s, already has an impressive professional career in the racing world.