Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

1967 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 “Periscopio”

Amelia Island Concours 2019

Mar 20, 2019 | On Show

The Alfa Romeo T33 was the mid-engined successor to the successful TZ and TZ2 front-engine sports cars. Development on the Tipo 33 started in the early 1960s, and the first car was not completed until 1965. The car was then sent away to Alfa’s competition arm, Autodelta, which made further changes and replaced the four-cylinder engine from the TZ2 with a 2.0-liter V8 that produced 270 horsepower.

The Tipo 33 made its competition debut at the Fleron hill climb in Belgium and promptly won the event with Teodoro Zeccoli at the wheel. It earned the “Periscopio” nickname thanks to the large airbox mounted on top of the engine that extended up into the airstream. Despite early success, the T33 did not fare well in the 1967 World Sportscar Championship, with a best finish of fifth place at the Nürburgring 1,000-km race. This specific example was obtained by the current owner after he bought a container of parts from Autodelta and discovered this car inside the container.

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