Alfa Romeo opened a museum outside Milan showcasing its the finest examples of the renowned Italian sports car maker's glittering heritage back in 1976. But there was a velvet rope: visitors could see the amazing cars inside by appointment only.
No more. Now Alfa has rebuilt its showplace into a new and improved facility for displaying these incredible examples of the company's creativity that's open to the general public, so you can see the amazing machines up close during your next trip to Italy.
"La macchina del tempo – Museo storico Alfa Romeo" in Arese, a suburb of Milan, houses 69 of Alfa's most historic creations, from its very first car in 1910 (artistically named the "24-Horsepower) to the 8C Competitzione of 2006.
The museum is divided into three themed exhibition areas, "Timeline," "Beauty," and "Speed."
"Timeline" fills the museum's entire top floor with 19 cars deemed essential to Alfa's development, with a smart tech station that provides detailed information on each of the cars.
"Beauty" is located on the ground floor, and it focuses on styling and the contributions of Italy's coachbuilders to Alfa's heritage.
"Speed" is in the basement, where it highlights Alfa's legendary racing history, which includes Enzo Ferrari's start in racing with the Alfa team. The Temple of Victories singles out Alfa's ten most critical racing successes with photos, audio and video accounts of the races.
If you're ever in the neighborhood, do yourself a favor and check out Alfa's most amazing automotive achievements.