I rather like YouTube user “attila902” comment: “Finalemente, un Alfa come Cristo comanda[!]”
Alfa shows us it’s got some street cred.
by Gunnar Heinrich ::: img via IMCDB ::: Alfa Romeo Spider
BEN, Ben, Ben…
Jeeze. In a more modern age, Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) – at the ripe age of 21 – would not be deemed well at all. Of course he’d think he was love sick. Love makes people do crazy things. That and an illicit affair with Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft).
But “they” (and we) would say he was obsessed. A housebreaker. A stalker, even. He’d be slapped with a restraining order. A judge would order psychiatric counseling. The Robinsons would sue. The college would issue campus alerts every time he ventured onto the green lawns.
And all those things would be the lesser of the evils that could’ve – but didn’t – befall our hapless protagonist in that seminal ’60s flick The Graduate. It’s the movie that put Alfa Romeo on the road map of the American car consumer. And how fitting.
Because you’d have to be love sick to fall for a beautiful machine as unreliable as a ’60s Alfa Spider. A passionately unstable auto for passionately unstable people? All those sweet Italian curves bellying an automobile of approximate build quality. The film sorta makes reference to time an owner would spend on the side of the road when Benjamin finally runs out of gas after driving through the night – to get to the chapel, in the nick of time, to stop the wedding, piss of the parents, and the would-be groom, grab the girl of his dreams, who somehow sees the clarity (and not insanity) of the situation despite the most ridiculous of circumstances.
The Graduate is essentially a story about a young guy who risks the men in the white coats in an against-all-odds escape from a prescribed life he doesn’t want. In the process, he rescues a beautiful girl from the same fate. Though how they figure out things after the chapel is anybody’s guess.
For starters, Ben has to retrieve his poor Alfa somewhere near Allen Street. And it still needs gas.
by Gunnar Heinrich ::: img via eBay / BaT ::: 1974 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV
THEY say that any true automotive aficionado owns an Alfa Romeo at least once. And that the joys you experience as an Alfa driver are unquantifiable because the frequent repair bills generally are. That was true of the old Alfa Romeo anyway – the ones you remember from La Dolce Vita and The Graduate. These cars were poorly made and woefully impractical but even when you found yourself stranded on the side of the road for the umpteenth time, you couldn’t help but look down the hood and say to yourself, after cursing a blue streak, what a great car. Che Bella macchina.
This Cali-based 1974 Alfa 2000 GTV comes from that adventurous (foolhardy?) era of Italian motoring. There is nothing remotely practical about her. High maintenance? Probably. As pretty as she looks you know she’s gonna be a basket case. But the way she winks at you from afar and then whispers sweet nothings in your ear – you have to have her anyway.
After all, being a true automotive aficionado is not for the faint of heart.
Not entirely convinced by the Alfa 4C concept’s looks. Too much Lotus in the overall shape, headlight treatment, and even the way the C-pillar seems to form a lopsided pyramid over the rear wheel haunches. All you need to do is juxtapose the 4C with the classic Alfa (@ 00:46) to say to yourself, hmm, that new design’s not quite right.
Cool Parisian showcase, though…