1938 Alfa Romeo 158 Alfetta

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The 158 was a single-seater designed by Gioacchino Colombo in the spring of 1937 at the request of Enzo Ferrari. The 158, affectionately called the ''Alfetta'' by enthusiasts, preserves the traditional Alfa Romeo engine setup and arrangement of mechanical assemblies on the chassis.

The main innovations introduced on the model are the use of two sliding supports for the transversal leaf springs, one at the front and one at the back, and the addition of a device to lower the car's axle and thus its center of gravity. Compared with larger cars, the 158 with its 1500 cc engine had agility that made it more than a match for the giants of the time.

The 158 made its debut at Livorno in 1938, winning 1st, 2nd and 7th places, and then claiming first place, from 1939 to 1940, at the Coppa Acerbo, Coppa Ciano and at the Tripoli Grand Prix. In 1946, at the end of the war, the 158 started successfully racing again until in 1950 when it won the World Formula 1 title.

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