The Alfa Romeo 33 was the replacement for the much-praised Alfasud model, designed in conjunction with Giugiaro. It was launched in 1983 and lasted in production until 1994.
The flat-four "boxer" engine was carried over (albeit in a refined form) from the Alfasud. The original Type 905 model had a mild facelift in 1986 but was replaced in January 1990 with the revised Type 907 model - immediately distinguished by the 164-like front end styling treatment.
An interesting oddity of the Type 907 range was the three cylinder turbodiesel model.
Model: 1987 33 1.7 Veloce
Top speed: 118mph
0-60mph: 9.1 seconds
Standing quarter mile: 16.5 seconds
Crucial to Alfa Romeo's hoped for renaissance on the European market is the success of the new Alfa 33. Ian Fraser drives the newcomer and assesses its chances.