Alfa Romeo « Autotutto » Romeo 2 minibus 1961

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Alfa Romeo « Autotutto » Romeo 2 minibus 1961

Sold for € 63,250 (US$ 76,684) inc. premium
Alfa Romeo « Autotutto » Romeo 2 minibus 1961
Châssis n° AR 186154
Moteur n° AR 4004 03177

•Rare véhicule commercial Alfa Romeo
•Restauré il y a deux ans
•Véhicule d'assistance idéal pour une sportive historique
•Libretto Italien

Plus connu pour ses modèles sportifs, Alfa Romeo a également produit l'Autotutto (tous usages) Romeo, un petit utilitaire de livraison. La première version T10 a été lancée en 1954 au Salon de Turin, en versions tôlée et minibus, qui furent suivies de nombreuses autres variantes. L'Autotutto était le premier utilitaire Alfa Romeo construit avec la conduite à gauche, tous ses prédécesseurs ayant eu la conduite à droite. Alfa Romeo ne conçut pas de moteur spécifique pour l'Autotutto à traction avant, mais se contenta d'adapter une version assagie du classique quatre cylindres double arbre de 1, 3 litre de la Giulietta. Un bicylindre diesel deux temps à compresseur était proposé en option. Il disposait d'une suspension indépendante aux quatre roues, amortie par barres de torsion transversales à l'arrière. Cette disposition combiné avec la traction avant permettait au très polyvalent Autotutto d'offrir une large surface de chargement plate et basse, tout en permettant un allongement facile du châssis pour des versions longues. Des versions modernisées Romeo 2 et Romeo 3 furent proposées avant que l'Autotutto ne soit remplacé par les versions F12/A12 et F11/A11 à la carrosserie redessinée. À partir du Romeo 2, une variante, animée par un moteur diesel Perkins, fut également construite sous licence en Espagne par FADISA.

Charmante et rare trouvaille, ce Romeo 2 a été, pense-t-on, utilisé par un membre de la « Protezione Civile » une organisation italienne qui s'occupe des catastrophes naturelles et qui, à ce titre, a particulièrement bien résisté au périls encourus. Équipé du moteur Giulietta à un seul carburateur, il s'agit d'une rare version minibus à neuf places entièrement vitrée, les vitres arrière, après les portes disposant d'un mécanisme de relevage. Les autres caractéristiques remarquables sont le toit ouvrant, une barre de remorquage et même une échelle, stockée derrière la banquette. Amoureusement restauré il y a deux ans et doté d'un embrayage neuf, il est vendu avec son libretto et son manuel du propriétaire en italien d'origine. Alternative originale à son concurrent Volkswagen plus commun, ce délicieux Autotutto ferait sans conteste un véhicule d'assistance idéal à Goodwood ou à n'importe quelle autre manifestation historique. Difficile de trouver une façon plus élégante de remorquer votre 6C 1750...

1961 Alfa Romeo 'Autotutto' Romeo 2 Minibus
Chassis no. AR 186154
Engine no. AR 4004 03177

•Rare Alfa Romeo commercial vehicle
•Restored two years ago
•Ideal historic motor sports support vehicle
•Italian libretto

Although better known for its more sporting products, Alfa Romeo also produced the 'Autotutto' ('all purpose') Romeo, a small commercial delivery van. The first, T10, version was launched at the 1954 Turin Motor Show in panel-van and minibus variants; a host of other body types followed. The Autotutto is notable as Alfa Romeo's first commercial vehicle built with left-hand drive, all its predecessors being right-hand drive. Alfa Romeo did not develop a special engine for the front-wheel drive Autotutto, but instead used a de-tuned version of its classic 1.3-litre twin-cam four, as found in the Giulietta. A twin-cylinder supercharged two-stroke diesel was available as an option. Suspension was independent all round, sprung by transverse torsion bars at the rear. This feature plus its front-drive layout gave the versatile Autotutto a large, flat and low load area, while making it relatively easy to extend the chassis to accommodate longer bodywork. Updated Romeo 2 and Romeo 3 models were introduced before the Autotutto was replaced in 1967 by the restyled F12/A12 and F11/A11. Commencing with the Romeo 2, the design was also made under license in Spain by FADISA, though the Spanish version was powered by a Perkins diesel engine.

A charming and rare find, this Romeo 2 is believed to have been used by a member of the 'Protezione Civile', the Italian organisation that deals with natural disasters, and as such has survived the associated perils remarkably well. Fitted with the single-carburettor Giulietta engine, this version is the rare nine-seater minibus with windows all round, those at the back aft of the doors even have a winding mechanism. Noteworthy features include a sunroof, tow-bar and even a ladder stowed beneath the bench seat. Lovingly restored some two years ago and fitted with a new clutch, it comes with its old-style Italian libretto and an original owner's manual in Italian. An interesting alternative to the more common offerings from Volkswagen, this delightful Autotutto would certainly be the ideal support vehicle at Goodwood or other historic race meetings. We cannot think of a more stylish way to tow your 6C 1750...
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Alfa Romeo « Autotutto » Romeo 2 minibus 1961
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Alfa Romeo « Autotutto » Romeo 2 minibus 1961
Alfa Romeo « Autotutto » Romeo 2 minibus 1961
Alfa Romeo « Autotutto » Romeo 2 minibus 1961
Alfa Romeo « Autotutto » Romeo 2 minibus 1961
Alfa Romeo « Autotutto » Romeo 2 minibus 1961
Alfa Romeo « Autotutto » Romeo 2 minibus 1961
Alfa Romeo « Autotutto » Romeo 2 minibus 1961
Alfa Romeo « Autotutto » Romeo 2 minibus 1961
Alfa Romeo « Autotutto » Romeo 2 minibus 1961
Alfa Romeo « Autotutto » Romeo 2 minibus 1961
Alfa Romeo « Autotutto » Romeo 2 minibus 1961
Alfa Romeo « Autotutto » Romeo 2 minibus 1961
Alfa Romeo « Autotutto » Romeo 2 minibus 1961
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