How Alfa Romeo Altered the American Driving Experience
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.
The car buyers in the US saw from the European brands, they liked.
One of the cars that inspired changes in the US car market was the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500. This was one of the first post-war cars that Alfa Romeo produced and they did not get started on the car until after the digout from the war. The Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 was sold during 1947 and 1952. The prewar 6C 2500 was the inspiration for this car and the newest 6C 2500 came in three different models, the sedan with seats for five, the coupe/cabriolet with two seats, and the convertible for four. The cars were coachbuilt and extremely attractive.
The Golden Arrow and the Competition Horsepower
The Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 cars were called “Freccia d’Oro” or The Golden Arrow. The were not available with left-handed steering wheels, but this did not stop interest from Americans. The cars were smooth to drive, with hydraulic shock absorbers and drum brakes on the parallel-arm front suspension. American cars did not have these components. The engine had six-inline pistons and two camshafts, which made the car sound and run like a racecar. The Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 delivered a standard 90 horsepower, with the competition version pushing 145 horsepower. This may not sound like much today, considering even the Toyota Prius has about 135 horsepower, but it was impressive to post-war car buffs.
Bringing Indianapolis Power to American Cars
When American car buffs saw these cars and the features they wanted them. The European lines were cleaner and the interiors were also stylishly designed. American cars did not have twin overhead camshafts, unless they were on cars that were racing in Indianapolis. No one saw cars like looked this way. You might not be able to find many Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 cars on American roads today, but you will see remnants of the inspiration design on cars today.