Alfa Romeo 33 Profile

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Alfa Romeo 33 General Information

This was a very rare and unusual car. So much so that many people don't know there ever was a 4x4 Alfa existing. It was a car of the perfect size for rallying and interestingly it had a boxer engine. But while it was an interesting, if not exotic project, it was bound to never figure high with its small, non-turbo engine. Strangely the gA 33 4x4 mainly figured in 1986, before gA became the top category. In the end the Alfa GTV6, the Alfa 75 V6 and the Alfa 75 Turbo all were far better performing options. Still, intriguing that Alfa actually had a 4x4 rally car.

Well, actually I am a bit of an Alfa fan, though not necessarily of this Alfa. Or Top Gear UK actually makes this point better, every car enthusiast in the World must have a soft spot for Alfas, but have they ever talked about the 33....

Try again to explain what model this is, because it makes it more clear why this could not be a big story compared to GTV6 & 75 models. Although sometimes the numbers could be interesting, they looked a bit sterile for Alfa and the meaning of numbers 33, 75, 90 is not quite clear. The 33 successors being called 145, 146, 147 doesn't make any more sense either. Only the 33 was the first car starting this scheme in 1983 with the brand new Giulietta successor 75 and the Alfetta facelift 90 coming a year later. The 33 was the successor to the Alfasud. And like the Alfasud it had big character. Or had it? I think yes. It went into a similar design scheme as the Ford Escort Mk3 with some hint of a boot added to a hatchback. A bit of a contradiction, but come on, the Escort Mk3 was not a bad looking car. And Peugeot 309, Volvo 343/345 and some others followed that same interesting route. But none of them was quite as clear and straight and crisp in design as the Escort. Sorry, the Alfa 33 looked a bit like a washed down copy of the Escort Mk3. Well it didn't look like stolen from the Escort Mk3, but for having this unusual design scheme and for being an Alfa there was something missing about this car to let it really stand out. Well if car design was easy to explain it wouldn't be so fascinating. So despite a rare, exciting and far from ugly design for the 33, while the Alfasud had nothing really unusual about it, I bet a lot more people remember the Alfasud than there are people remembering the 33.

The big headline should be that the 33 was the Alfasud successor. Since the 33 looked totally different, it may surprise that under the skin it was very similar. It had FWD and the same 1.2, 1.3 & 1.5 litres 4-cylinder boxer engines with the boxer sound to come with it. The strongest version was the 1.5 with 84BHP. Strangely the top Alfasud TI version of this 1.5 engine with 95BHP was not available for the 33. And I probably don't say often enough in other stories that 4x4 is eating torque big style. So here we go, the 33 is a bit longer than the Alfasud, has only 84BHP and we stick a 4x4 system under it, this was never going to be a fast car! Of course 84 is the road car horses. In groupA it would have more, but still not the miracle to reach the BHP figures of i.e. a gA 205 GTI or Kadett GSI, plus the 33 still having to carry round its 4x4 system. You soon see there were only really two events were the 33 4x4 made sense: Monte Carlo hoping for snow and ice and Sweden. And since overall results still seemed out of question even there, not surprisingly the 33 was much more famous as a groupN car. Plus the Alfasud TI was even the first gN winner at WRC level. Well, we can argue if the Alfa 33 is a characterful car, but it is unusual enough to not let you miss out on it.

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Alfa Romeo 33 Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Alfa Romeo 33 4x4 (86-86) 130/6000 0 4015.1612.1305 960 (7.4) 4x4 (2455)

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Alfa Romeo 33 Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
26th. 1990 WRC Rally of Finland H. Väänänen . UNKNOWN #71 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
27th. 1988 WRC Rally of Finland H. Väänänen T. Karhumäki #68 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Alfa Romeo 33 Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1989 WRC Rally of Finland H. Väänänen . UNKNOWN #62 [UNKNOWN] SS14 ?
Ret. 1986 WRC Swedish Rally B. Balas E. Laine #16 [UNKNOWN] SS17 crash
Ret. 1986 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo B. Balas E. Laine #23 [UNKNOWN] SS12 engine