Alfa Romeo G1

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Alfa Romeo G1
Alfa romeo g1 limousine.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Alfa Romeo
Production 1921-1923
Assembly Portello, Milan, Italy
Designer Giuseppe Merosi
Body and chassis
Class Luxury car
Body style Spider Corsa
Torpedo
Limousine
Layout FR layout
Powertrain
Engine 6,330 cc I6 sidevalve 70 bhp
Transmission 4-speed manual with reverse gear
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3,400 mm (130 in)
Length 4,494 mm (176.9 in)
Curb weight 1500 kg (3306 lbs)
Chronology
Predecessor A.L.F.A 40/60 HP
Successor Alfa Romeo RL

The Alfa Romeo G1 was the first all-new design from Alfa Romeo after the end of the A.L.F.A. brand. Giuseppe Merosi, while engaged in a legal dispute with Nicola Romeo regarding the brand takeover conditions, designed the update for the prewar 24HP into the revised 20/30ES and the new luxury G1.[1] The chassis was lengethened and stiffened from the 1914 40-60 HP model, entering into market territory competition with Rolls-Royce. A new 6.3 L (384 cu in) straight-6 engine was introduced, producing 70 bhp (52 kW) and 216 lb·ft (293 N·m) of torque.[2] The G1 achieved a maximum speed of 86 miles per hour (138 km/h), winning its production class at the Coppa del Garda race.[2] Total production was only 52 copies; it found virtually no customers in Italy and all 50 (bar 2 rototypes) found their way to Australia. Only one known survivoir exists; is owned by New Zealand's Alfa importer and is the oldest surviving Alfa Romeo-branded car.[3][4]

The Alfa Romeo G2, a planned improved version, was never produced after the commercial failure of the G1.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "P. Italiano: 'Story of the Alfa Romeo factory and plants : part 1 the early Portello'". AISA. Archived from the original on 2007-11-11. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  2. ^ a b "1921 Alfa Romeo G1". conceptcarz.com. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  3. ^ "Press Release: Alfa Romeo". scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 2007-07-03. 
  4. ^ "Oldest Alfa moves from farm to fame". drive.com.au. 2005. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 

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