Alfa Romeo Mille (truck)

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Alfa Romeo Mille
Overview
Type Heavy commercial vehicle
Manufacturer Alfa Romeo
Also called Alfa Romeo 1000
FNM 180
Production 1958–1964
Body and chassis
Body style Lorry
Tractor unit
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine 11 L I6 (diesel)
Transmission 8-speed manual
Chronology
Predecessor Alfa Romeo 950

The Alfa Romeo Mille is an 8 ton forward control lorry produced by Alfa Romeo between 1958 and 1964. It was the last Alfa Romeo heavy commercial vehicle.[1]

The model was fitted with a 11,050 cc (674 cu in) inline-six diesel engine,[1] which produced between 163–174 hp (122–130 kW), and a gearbox with 8 forward speeds. For the time, Alfa Romeo Mille was one of the most innovative trucks.[2] Alfa Romeo built the Mille in a rear-wheel drive 4x2 configuration. The Mille could carry 8 metric tons of cargo in the bed and a tow up to 18 tons; a fifth wheel tractor unit version was also made, rated for a 26.2 ton towing capacity.[1] Independent firms offered conversion to three or four axles by adding one or two dead axles, steerable or fixed; maximum bed payload went up respectively to over 10 or 13 tons.[1] Italian Bartoletti made a car transporter version of the Mille in 1963, which could carry up to 8 cars on two levels of the car and trailer.[3] There was also special Mille "Motori Aviazione" made for transportation of aircraft engines made by Alfa Romeo.[4]

In 1956, production license of the Mille was acquired by the Brazilian company Fábrica Nacional de Motores. FNM continued production these trucks under its own brand until 1980[2] with the name FNM 180 series.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Carlo F. Zampini Salazar. Aspetti meno noti nelle produzioni Alfa Romeo—I veicoli industriali (PDF). Museo Nazionale della Scienza e Tecnologia, Milan, 24 November 1990. Monografie AISA (in Italian). 11. Associazione Italiana per la Storia dell'Automobile. pp. 11–12. 
  2. ^ a b "Alfa Romeo » Mille". trucksplanet.com. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  3. ^ "Mille Car Transporter". trucksplanet. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Mille "Motori Aviazione"". trucksplanet. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  5. ^ "Série FNM 180". alfafnm.com. Retrieved 2011-12-31.