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November 22, 2017

Alfa Romeo Superflow IV Pinin Farina Coupe

by Mike –

This unique Alfa Romeo was first in the Postwar Sports & GT class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2013.

Alfa Romeo Superflow IV Pinin Farina Coupe

The Pebble Beach Car Guide had this to say about this Alfa Romeo,

This Alfa Romeo (1361.00128) began life as a race car with a very different coupe body built by Carrozzeria Colli. It was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio to second place in the 1953 Mille Miglia and afterward became a development car for various Pinin Farina design studies. The Turin coach builder fitted four different bodies on the chassis between 1956 and ’60: First it was presented as the Superflow in Turin with Plexiglas front fender caps and a wraparound windshield with a full Plexiglas canopy and gullwing roof panels. Later that year it was shown as the Superflow II at the Paris Auto Salon.

In 1959, the same chassis was restyled and shown again as the Spyder Super Sport in Geneva, and a year later the last body, named Coupe Super Sport Speziale, was also presented at Geneva. It is in this final configuration that the car exists today.

Alfa Romeo Superflow IV Pinin Farina Coupe

Alfa Romeo Superflow IV Pinin Farina Coupe

It must get hot in this car with all of the glass. Either a good air conditioning system is installed or this car is driven only at night!

Alfa Romeo Superflow IV Pinin Farina Coupe

Alfa Romeo Superflow IV Pinin Farina Coupe

The photos below are from the Tour on the Avenue in Carmel

Alfa Romeo Superflow IV Pinin Farina Coupe

This little guy was warm at the Tour on the Avenue and used this Alfa Romeo as shade

 

 

Alfa Romeo Superflow IV Pinin Farina Coupe

Let us know what you think about this Alfa Romeo in the Comments.

Alfa Romeo Superflow IV Pinin Farina Coupe

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This article was first published in August 2013.

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Alfa Romeo Superflow IV Pinin Farina Coupe
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A beautiful and rare Alfa Romeo class winner at Pebble Beach.
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Comments

  1. ed evangelista says:

    i think its one of the most beautiful and elegant cars alfa made. it could be a close cousin to a disco volante or SS.
    the colors are perfect and it has the targa tops which is perfect.

  2. Thomas Ollinger says:

    Pass the sunblock. Makes me think of my first long road trip in my X-1/9 with the top off. Terrible sunburn. Thanks for the great pictures of this beautiful Alfa.

  3. Karen Sundstrom says:

    the “little guy” in the photos is the one and only Enzo Furrari.. He rode in the tour and also over the ramp to collect the 1st place award!!

  4. Dan Rinker says:

    I like the car. But… somehow I suspect that the plexiglass would be very yellow if it was original. Seems that the people who used it still didn’t quite have a handle on the remarkable material and so the cars I have seen have that wonderful yellowed patina on them. So… do you know — what methods were used “in the day” to keep the ‘glass clean?

    • Dan, I do not know how they cleaned the glass but the Pebble Beach judges sure did approve!

    • Real plexiglass will not turn yellow if you look at the planes used in WWII you will notice that none of them have turned yellow, even after sitting in the sun all those years. This is because they were made of “Plexiglass”. At some point in time there were distributors selling clear styrene sheets, these yellowed and were a inferior product. BTW most of the poor quality comes from Asian plants. If you buy a name brand product you will have no issues. Plexiglass does scratch but these can be repaired with a polish.

  5. Mike Clarke says:

    Correct as mike mentions real plexiglass will not yellow. This car has the largest Alfa badge I have ever seen, most are half that size. Beautiful design you can see some future Duetto in there too!

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