The birthday beauty herself, the first of the street legal Tipo 33s and arguably the best work of the prolific Italian designer Franco Scaglione. Alfa had purportedly planned a production run of 50 of these cars, but their exotic nature made the tube-framed (including a relatively massive single-piece casting of magnesium for the front subframe), quad-cam V8-powered machine extremely expensive, as well as difficult to produce in such volume – the bodywork was carried out by the coach builders at Marazzi, the engine was more or less a detuned version of the 33/2 Daytona’s race-bred unit designed and built in-house, and Autodelta was tasked with assembly.
Later models (it’s generally agreed that no more than 18 were built in total, with five – some say six – of those chassis having been shipped to coach builders like Pininfarina and Bertone for re-bodies) featured just a single lamp inside each of those sumptuous headlight covers, but the prototypes with the stacked sets really look the business. And that’s exactly what these cars were: the absolute business. Motionless they are captivating, but 230 horsepower from a two-liter and just a few pounds over 1,500 makes a compelling argument for the functional side of the equation of one of the prettiest forms a car has ever taken.