Alfa Romeo is getting ready to start selling cars in the United States for the first time since 1995. The car company, now owned by Italian auto maker Fiat SpA (which also owns Chrysler) is set to introduce the cars in 2013. Rumors of Alfa’s return have been swirling since 2007, so we will believe it when we see it.
American’s had a love/hate relationship with the beautifully designed but temperamental coupes, roadsters and sedans.
Film buffs may remember the car Dustin Hoffman drove in "The Graduate”—the Spider, perhaps its most iconic car. Or the Alfa Romeo GTV6 James Bond (Roger Moore) hijacked in Octopussy (1983).
Alfa Romeo will reintroduce the Spider to Americans, which will be the second Alfa Romeo brought to the U.S. The Alfa 4C, a two-seater sports car will be the first to hit U.S. roads.
The company began in 1910 as A.L.F.A. (or Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica di Automobili), then taken over in 1915 by Nicola Romeo. After World War I the first ALFA-ROMEO production cars began. In 1961 Alfa Romeo started importing cars to the United States, and officially left in 1995.
Here’s a look at five of our favorite Alfa Romeo’s over the years. While we may never see the likes of such moveable art again, let's hope Alfa returns Italian beauty to our shores:
1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale
1980 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV 6 2.5
1962 Alfa Romeo Giulia Berlina
1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider