“Classic Days”, the yearly meeting dedicated to the cars of yesteryear, will be staged from August 3 to 5 at the medieval castle of Schloss Dyck, not far from Düsseldorf, Germany. FCA Heritage, the Group department dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the historic legacy of FCA’s Italian brands, will be at this major event, with a stand exhibiting several classic models from the Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Abarth brands.
Amongst the splendid historic cars on display will be two gems from the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese, known as “La macchina del tempo”: the 33 TT 12 from 1975 and the 155 V6 Ti DTM built in 1993, to be driven in the parade respectively by two motorsport stars, Arturo Merzario and Christian Menzel. It was actually with Arturo Merzario at the wheel of the 33 TT12 that Alfa Romeo won the World Championship for Makes in 1975.
Next to these masterpieces from the past, the first SUV in the brand’s history and the fastest in its category: Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. The stand will also feature other collector’s models – the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale from 1963, the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA from 1965 and the Fiat 124 Sport Spider from 1969 – as well as two thrilling current cars, the Abarth 695 Rivale and the Fiat 124 Spider S-Design.
Alfa Romeo 33 TT 12 (1975)
Developed by the brilliant engineer Carlo Chiti, the Alfa Romeo 33 TT 12 Telaio Tubolare debuted in Spa in 1973 and drove the brand to hammer competition at the 1975 Constructors’ World Championship winning seven of the eight races on the calendar. The car stood out particularly in the Targa Florio, with Nino Vaccarella and Arturo Merzario clinching the tenth victory for Alfa Romeo in the legendary event.
It was indeed on the roads of Sicily that Alfa Romeo registered some of the finest achievements in its racing history with ten overall victories, three second places, seven third places and ten fastest laps. As well as this amazing tally, the brand also holds two records: for consecutive victories (6 wins from 1930 to 1935) and for first and second finishes in the same year (five times). This is not to mention the many class wins, with the Giulietta SZ and the Giulia GTA, TZ and TZ2.
Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti DTM (1993)
The famous Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti DMT competed in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM), by far the most prestigious touring car racing championship of the period, in the early nineties. At first, all competitors were exclusively German until 1993, when Alfa Romeo decided to take part officially with the 155 V6 Ti driven by Alessandro Nannini and Nicola Larini and other cars entered by semi-official teams.
The debut was resounding: the 155 V6 Ti won both rounds in the first race in Zolder (Belgium). By the end of the season, Larini had won no fewer than 10 out of 20 races, which added to Nannini’s two wins and the many podiums and good standings of the two Italians, secured the Constructors title for Alfa Romeo and the Drivers title for Larini. It was nothing short of a shock for the Germans, who reluctantly accepted that the top level 1993 DTM championship had gone to an Italian brand in the year of its debut.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Extreme performance and leading-edge technology are unmistakably conveyed by the unique style of Stelvio Quadrifoglio, the finest expression of Italian design, interpreted with Alfa Romeo’s unique flair and the perfect synergy of form and function, in a sensual, muscular car body. This is not all: Stelvio Quadrifoglio has many class-topping features, making it the benchmark in the premium compact SUV segment, and last September it set the new record for its class on the iconic Nürburgring circuit: 7 minutes 51.7 seconds. Stelvio Quadrifoglio is equipped with the exclusive aluminium 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine, which delivers maximum power of 510 HP and generates a maximum torque of 600 Nm. This power plant is teamed with the specifically calibrated eight-speed automatic transmission that allows gear shifts in just 150 milliseconds in Race driving mode. Its performance is outstanding: acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds and best-in-class top speed of 283 km/h. But the Alfa Romeo sports SUV is also incredibly efficient in terms of emission and fuel consumption, thanks to its electronically controlled cylinder deactivation system and the “sailing” function, available in Advanced Efficiency mode. And for the first time, the 510 HP 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine is combined with the innovative Q4 all-wheel drive system, with its guarantees of unbeatable performance, traction, driving pleasure and safety in all situations.
Abarth 695 Rivale
Abarth 695 Rivale brings together two Italian brands with a shared excellence in technology, innovation, attention to every detail and outstanding performances: Abarth and Riva, the historic, world-famous yacht builder, famed for its Italian elegance and style, which has helped to create the most refined Abarth ever Abarth 695 Rivale is as elegant and unique as a Riva motor yacht and delivers outstanding performances, like every Abarth special series. Available in a limited edition in sedan and convertible version, the Abarth 695 Rivale can be recognised by its exclusive livery: two-tone paintwork in Riva Evening Blue and Shark Grey, with the delightful touch of two aquamarine stripes running around the waistrail, similar to the “beauty line” that appears on yachts. The satin chrome finish on the door handles, the “695 Rivale” signature on the tailgate and rear wings, and the satin chrome moulding on the tailgate that recalls the sophisticated forms of a yacht, all make this model even more unmistakable, thanks to the stylistic affinity with the side view of the new Riva yachts. All this glamour goes hand-in-hand with the usual striving for the best performances through the constant technical upgrading found in every Abarth car: under the bonnet of the 695 Rivale lurks a 1368 cc engine providing a maximum power of 180 HP and a torque of 250 Nm. The weight-to-power ratio of 695 Rivale is worthy of a real supercar (5.8 kg/HP with a weight of 1045 kg) and the performance is stunning: top speed of 225 km/h and just 6.7″ to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h. In other words, a car that will delight the most discerning customers, in search of elegance, sophistication and performance.
Fiat 124 Spider S-Design
Fiat 124 Spider S-Design is the special series that spotlights the dynamism and sportiness of the exciting 2-seater roadster from the house of Fiat. Presented in the rich “Luxury” trim level, it will feature additional style details sure to win over fans of high performance and the thrills of open-top driving. The new collection comprises roll-bar and burnished front pillar and mirror caps, with the stylistic personality completed by 17″ alloy wheels with a specific pattern, the Italian flag badge on the rear, and the red decal side rocker stripe, which underlines the car’s classically elegant side panelling, low centre of gravity and set-back cockpit. A shapely silhouette with the proportions of a thoroughbred sports car. And as if style wasn’t enough, the contents of the vehicle are top class too. The 124 Spider S-Design always offers the following features as standard equipment: four airbags, automatic climate control, mp3 radio with USB port and four speakers, leather seats and steering wheel, lower fascia and brow of the dashboard with visible seams, cruise control and Keyless Go system. Also featured are Active Hood Lift System, chrome twin tailpipes and fog lights.
And when the engine gets going, the emotions rev up too: the Fiat 124 Spider S-Design is equipped with the reliable 1.4-litre turbo four-cylinder engine with MultiAir technology, which delivers 140 HP power and 240 Nm of torque, and is available with a six-speed manual gear and automatic transmission. The performances with manual transmission are exceptional: a top speed of 215 km/h and 7.5 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (214 km/h and 7.6 seconds for the automatic version).