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The Alfa Romeo with Character: The 2000

The Alfa Romeo with Character: The 2000

GTV 2000In the 1970s, there were very few cars with character. In the United States, the oil embargo made it difficult to fill the tank, so manufacturers began creating ugly little compact gas sippers. Convertibles were phased out and muscle cars were on their last legs. The auto industry was in a dire place and to make matters worse, the speed limit was dropped to 55 miles per hour. But Italy had a lovely little car called the Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce.

Good Roots Make a Fine Car

Learn about the Alfa Romeo Badge

Learn about the Alfa Romeo Badge

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Photo Courtesy of www.autoevolution.com

Even though car fans know the Alfa Romeo brand, the brand has been non-existent in the US for many years. Now that the Fiat Group owns the brand, it will not be long before Alfa Romeo models become recognizable to a new generation. As of this point, just over 80 dealers in the United States will soon be selling the classic Italian lineup. While buyers will not be seeing cars like the Alfa Romeo 164, they will be seeing plenty of Alfa’s with the unusual logo.

How Alfa Romeo Altered the American Driving Experience

How Alfa Romeo Altered the American Driving Experience

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Photo Courtesy of www.conceptcarz.com

In June of 1947, Road and Track released its first issue to the American public. This issue featured an Alfa Romeo, which was one of the first glimpses that car fans got of the cars that were available overseas. The only other way to see the Italian everyday cars was to travel overseas and see them on the actual road. This was not realistic for the general public, so magazines like this, as well as Car and Driver and Motor Trend, were the only way that drivers in US could see the European offerings.

Ready for a Comeback

Ready for a Comeback

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Photo Courtesy of www.caranddriver.com

In the early part of the 20th century, Alfa Romeo was one of the most respected car makers on the planet. The company and their cars were admired by the biggest and best, including Henry Ford and Enzo Ferrari, for their humble design and not-so-humble engines. The styling even pulled on Americans’ hearts when Benjamin Braddock was given an Alfa Romeo as a graduation present in the classic movie The Graduate. While it took decades for an Alfa Romeo to make its way to the American shores, the cars never were really accepted by the American drivers and after fewer than 30 years, Alfa Romeo retreated back to Italy. Now, the carmaker is set to make a second attempt to win the hearts of the American driving public, but many wonder why the Italian carmaker left in the first place.

Cars in The Godfather

Cars in The Godfather

There are a few movies that continue have a cult following: Star Wars, Harry Potter, and The Godfather. Since this is a blog about cars, you can safely figure out that this blog will be about The Godfather. Not the people. Or the plot. Or the fans. But, the cars. The beautiful cars that made their way into this life-changing three-part film. These are a few of the best: