Alfa Romeo 500
|Alfa Romeo 500|
Alfa Romeo 500 military version during a parade in Turin, August 8, 1939.
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Commercial vehicle, military vehicle|
|Engine||6-cyl diesel engine 6100 cc 75 hp (56 kW)|
|Length||7.02 m (276 in)|
|Width||2.20 m (87 in)|
|Height||2.25 m (89 in)|
|Kerb weight||3,800 kg (8,378 lb)|
|Predecessor||Alfa Romeo 350|
The Alfa Romeo 500 is a 3 tonne class truck, produced by Alfa Romeo from 1937 to 1945. The range included a diesel-powered 75 hp (56 kW) version 500RE, petrol version 500B and gas version 500BR.
The 500 was characterized by having an aerodynamic shape, which was improved over the years during production. The 500 model was the last conventional truck produced by Alfa Romeo, after which the company concentrated on producing cabover trucks.
The Alfa Romeo 500 was used by the Royal Italian Army during World War II under the heading of "500 DR." It was used in the campaign in Russia and the armored version was used in the Balkan campaign. The frame of the model was also used as basis for military buses. The Army version had a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph), and was able to exceed a maximum gradient of 27% and had a range of 400 kilometres (250 mi) with a full tank (about 100 L).
From 1937 to 1940 Alfa Romeo 500 was also used by the Italian Fire Department as a fire engine or truck. The 500 was also used by Alfa Romeo and Scuderia Ferrari as a racing car transporter for both grand prix racers and Formula 1 cars.Viberti and Bergomi made various bus versions using 500 platform as basis.