Four months ago, when I sat down to write about the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale and the concepts it spawned, did I think I would ever get the chance to clap eyes on the cars, let alone four months down the track? Absolutely not. Despite so, in mid-May I had the chance to drop into the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo; in Queens English, the Alfa Romeo Museum. Situated in Arese, the outskirts of Milan, the rather unassuming building opened in 1976, undergoing renovations in 2015, the results of which is by far the best car museum I have ever been to.
Last year I brought you an article about the 10 maddest classic concept cars, and it was by far one of the hardest lists to make; not because I struggled to list ten, but quite the opposite, getting the list down to just ten concepts was exceedingly tough. With such an extensive shortlist, I thought it time to dip a toe back into the ever-crazy world of concept cars with another 10 of the maddest classic concept cars.
If ever a car company were looked to as responsible for bringing the automobile to life, it would be Alfa Romeo. There’s something you just can’t quite put your finger on with an Alfa, but their passion, romance, soul and flair is simply unquestionable. The 60’s are undeniably Alfa’s golden years, with the sublime Giulia TZ’s, the wonderful Duetto Spyder and rorty little GTA, Alfa were at the top of their game, though 1967 saw Alfa Romeo’s peak, the astounding Tipo 33 Stradale, a car that fathered a lineage of equally breathtaking concepts over the coming decade.