The “Croatian” Alfa Romeo Aerodinamica Spider

Collectors call the Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Aerodinamica Spider the “Croatian Alfa”.

In the mid-1930s – as the car manufacturer faced the challenges posed by strong international competitors such as the German Auto Union and Daimler-Benz – an Italian designer of Hungarian descent working for Alfa Romeo, Vittorio Jano (1981-1965), had a brilliant intuition.

He involved Gino and Oscar Jankovits – the sons of an Alfa Romeo dealer in Fiume – in an ambitious new design. Now known as Rijeka, and part of Croatia, Fiume was annexed to Italy at the time.

Between 1934 and 1940, working in their garage and body shop, “Lampo”, the two brothers brought to life Wilfredo Ricart’s sketches and created a truly wonderful vehicle. After the Yugoslav army invaded their hometown, they fled aboard their own “Croatian Alfa” and sought refuge in Trieste at the end of 1946.

Here, you can see the Aerodinamica Spider in all its splendor, beautifully renovated after seventy years.

Photos via:
www.aerospider.com megadeluxe.com/cars/1935-alfa-romeo-6c-2300-aerodinamica-spider

January 29, 2014