Automotoretrò is one of the most important motoring-related events of Italy, since 1983, when the event has gradually managed to renew its success over and over again, offering a unique experience to visitors every year. Today, Automotoretrò together with its twin event Automotoracing, hosts over 1,000 exhibitors and 72.600 visitors coming from all over Europe.
This year the event took place from January 31st to February 3rdat Lingotto Fiere in Turin, the legendary building complex where once there was the Fiat factory. You can find pretty much everything in all the stands, from cars, motorcycles, to car part, models and everything related to the automotive world.
At this event you will see only vehicles (bikes and cars) which are more than 20 years old, and the majority of them are oldtimers.
Talking about Alfa Romeo, what this year you could find at Automotoretrò was litterally amazing, starting from the Queen of the event: a Giulietta SZ found before Christmas in a basement in Turin where it had sat from 35 years after the lift broke down. The car was sold at a government auction for 567.000€.
Another beautiful piece was brought by FCA Heritage, a 1955 Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione.
The “Scuderia del Portello” also showed up with an interesting poker of exclusive cars accompanied by the Giulia Super Giardinetta: a 1961 De Tomaso F1 Alfa Romeo, a 1959 Giulietta Sprint Speciale “Low Nose”, and, in the end, a 1956 Giulietta Sprint Veloce and a Giulia Spider Veloce driven by Prisca Taruffi and Arturo Merzario at the “Carrera Panamericana Mexico 2002”.
Other important Alfas present at the event were the orange Montreal brought by “Museo dell’Automobile”, the GPL fueled “Nanni Galli Ecoracing V8” built by SIAM and the 155 GTA Superturismo brought with the Lancia Trevi Bimotore and a Opel GT Conrero to celebrate the launch of the new biographic book of Giorgio Pianta who sadly passed away in 2014.
Despite there were dozens and dozens of beautiful Alfas for sale at the fair, most of them had prices, following the madness which, like a plague, is affecting the car market. So I had to settle for now and I proudly came home with the only car from the Biscione house I can afford at the moment.