The inexplicable absence from the marketplace of a premium-quality scale model replica of the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale, widely considered one of the most beautiful automobiles ever conceived, has come to an end. TSM’s 1:43-scale resin version is now available from Carriage House Models.
A longtime favorite of well-informed enthusiasts, the Tipo 33 Stradale represents the pinnacle of Alfa Romeo’s engineering prowess during the 1960s. Based on their still-gestating Tipo 33 racer, the Stradale was Alfa’s attempt to introduce their track-bred technology to a road car. Featuring aluminum skin stretched over an aluminum tube frame, the Tipo 33 Stradale employed a high-revving 2-liter V-8 and one of the world’s first 6-speed transaxles. With 270 horsepower on tap, a top speed over 160 miles per hour was available, making the Tipo 33 Stradale one of the fastest cars of its day. Only 19 cars were completed, with later examples featuring evolutionary improvements such as brake cooling vents carved out of the front and rear fenders.
TSM have chosen the later, updated Tipo 33 Stradale as the subject of their 1:43 version, which they have executed with their typical level of precision and attention to detail. Flawlessly finished in Rosso Corsa, the Stradale comes with an acrylic dust cover and padded base embossed with the Alfa Romeo badge. At $75, the TSM Tipo 33 Stradale is not only one of the best model cars to be introduced in 2014, but also one of the best values.
For more information and to secure your copy, please visit http://www.carriagehousemodels.com.