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Saturday, January 2, 2021

The Croatian's Alfa Romeo Spyder

In the 1930s, when the automotive world began to move forward, many new innovations and creations were carried out by the automotive industry at that time. Initially, the world community had great enthusiasm so that it raised high expectations in the automotive industry to be able to change the face of the world.
1935 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Aerodinamica Spider while on display at the Salon Prive Concours d'Elegance 2010. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M8Cfrn)
Can you imaginated, in the middle of the great depression of the 1930s, they are competing to make and present a vehicle which is then predicted to be a vehicle of the future. It was not surprising that the automotive industry always hailed when they launched something with the frills of future vehicle creations.

At that time there was quite exciting competition among the automotive industry players, and at an Italian automotive manufacturer called Alfa Romeo which was the work place of an Italian designer of Hungarian descent named Vittorio Jano when he got a brilliant intuition. In working on the ambitious new design project, Jano also involved two brothers Gino and Oscar Jankovits (son of an Alfa Romeo dealer in Fiume).
1935 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Aerodinamica Spider was a clandestine project built to win high-speed races of the 1930s. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M8Cfrn)
As quoted from Wikipedia, the only-one car made by the two brothers was built in 1935 based on a ladder-type chassis, and is powered by an Alfa Romo 6C2300 Turismo engine (no. 700316 in 1934 from a Berlina) so the car called Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Aerodinamica Spider or Croatian Alfa.
1935 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Aerodinamica Spider is focused on developing more power and placing the engine in a front-engined single-seater. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34Juq1z)
At that time Fiume was annexed to Italy, now known as Rijeka and is part of Croatia. By working in their workshop named 'Lampo,' the two brothers brought Wilfredo Ricart's sketch to life and created a truly beautiful vehicle in between 1934 to 1946. Development of the car continued over several years, until Jano was fired from Alfa in 1937, just prior to the car being finished.
Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Aerodinamica Spider was built in 1935 based on a ladder-type chassis, and is powered by an Alfa Romo 6C2300 Turismo engine (no. 700316 in 1934 from a Berlina). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/38A6LSn)
The Jankovits brother kept the Aerospider and had it registered for street use. The car still wears the original Fiume license plates. And in late 1946, when the Yugoslav army invaded their homeland, they fled abroad with their-own vehicle creation (later called 'Croatian Alfa') and sought refuge in Trieste.
Until now, this Aerodinamica Spider car has recorded a number quite prestigious of achievements, as follows;
  • It is said to be the first supercar to appear with a 'modern' sports car design.
  • It was also known as the first mid-engined car with a central drive (although the Lancia kept a patent for a center-drive design in 1934).
  • It is said to be the first car designed to take account of newly developed principles of aerodynamics, to provide low-drag both externally and internally.
This Alfa Romeo roadster was rediscovered in England in 1967. It went back to Italy in 2002 and in 2008, the car was restored to its original purpose of a high-speed racer. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CONCEPTCARZ | MEGADELUXE | ITALIANWAYS ]
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