During the celebration of the 111 years of Alfa Romeo on June 24, 2021, we had the opportunity to visit the historical museum of the brand located in Arese in the northern suburbs of Milan. In the middle of the beautiful cars of the brand with the clover, an exhibition retraced the saga of the models that equipped the Carabinieri, the transalpine equivalent of our national gendarmerie. Moreover about the latter, find our videos and our reports with in particular, the cars of the BRI in the link below.
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Giulia Super: the first of the gazelles!
It all started with the 1968 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super, the one that started the ball rolling for the “Gazella”, the nickname for the carabinieri cars. Moreover, a logo representing a gazelle is affixed on the front doors of the sedan, whose lacquered dress in an elegant midnight blue contrasts with a white roof. Italian law enforcement has vehicles with a roof projector, which is very handy during chases, a large antenna on the front wing for radio communication, and a blue flashing light. For the anecdote, in Italy, the police cars are called Pantera (panther).
Armored cars for the lead years
At the end of the 1970s, terrorism hit Italy hard, the police had to equip themselves accordingly and, to avoid attacks, circulate in protected vehicles. The Alfa Romeo 2.0 Protetta takes over from the Giulia Super, this escort version benefits from bullet-resistant triple-thickness armored glass.
At the end of the 1980s, the Alfa 90 succeeded the Alfetta. Fortunately, times have become a little calmer again, the years of lead are over, therefore shielding is no longer required. On the other hand, this imposing sedan, designed by Bertone, is equipped with an on-board telephone with the handset within easy reach of the front passenger.
Alongside the Carabinieri vehicles, the exhibition presents Alfa Romeo military like the Giulia Super Combinata station wagon and the Alfa Romeo AR51 which is none other than the brand’s Jeep, it was also nicknamed Alfa Romeo Matta.
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