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EMNE: Stelvio kontra Matta

Stelvio kontra Matta 01.08.2017 16:42 #26269

Hej med Jer.
Dette er lånt fra Road & Track.

www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/classic...news&date=080117

Vi har haft en i Danmark. Jeg håber den stadig er her.

Why Buy a Stelvio When You Could Get This 1950s Alfa Romeo Military Jeep?
One of 1281 delivered to the Italian military, this 1952 Alfa Matta is yours for $55,000.

GOODING & COMPANY/BRIAN HENNIKER
BY CHRIS PERKINS
JUL 31, 2017
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the company's first SUV, but it's certainly not its first truck. Alfa actually started building trucks in the 1930s, and in the early 1950s, it built some Jeep-like vehicles for the Italian military. This one, a 1952 AR 51, is headed to Gooding and Company's Pebble Beach auction next month, where it's expected to sell for around $55,000.


The AR 51 and its civilian sibling, the AR 52, gained the nickname "Matta," the Italian word for "crazy." Apparently, this name was a reference to its impressive off-road abilities.

It's powered by a version of Alfa's 1900cc twin-cam four-cylinder that was also used in the 1900 sedan. It makes around 65 horsepower, and interestingly, is dry-sumped. This was an advanced road-car engine for its day, and there was certainly nothing else like it in any other military vehicles.


The engine is hooked up to a four-speed manual transmission with a low-range gearbox that sends power to all four wheels. The Matta also has independent front suspension, which is unusual for an off-roader like this.
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