ALFA 24 HP (1910) 1/43 scale
The Frenchman Alexandre Darracq was one of the pioneers of the automobile. Given the commercial prospects, the market was offering Italian, founded in Naples in 1905, the "Company Italian Darracq cars." Darracq soon realized that his choice was not happy, in fact, Naples was geographically too far from the main industries in the country. In less than a year, the Italian Darracq abandoned the shores of the Gulf of Vesuvius to move to a location chosen strategically very near Milan, on the road to door. The initial production of the subsidiary was closely linked to that of the French factory, but it was not of high quality. As a result, the store had been immediately disappointing, because in the meantime the Italian market was decidedly refined and had high expectations. The economic crisis and image of the Darracq quickly reached levels that prevent the continuation of the activity. In 1909, the French company decided not to further support its Italian subsidiary and then putting it into liquidation. Some investors led by Ugo Stella decided to save her, asking for a loan of 500 thousand pounds (a substantial sum for the time) to Banca Agricola Milanese. The name of the French was replaced June 24, 1910 by a more appropriate: "Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili", with a staff that had at that time no more than 120 people. Thus was born the ALFA, the nucleus of what would become Alfa Romeo. Concerned about the lack of interest charged on the experience of the Italian Darracq cars, Cavaliere Ugo Stella, director of the company, commissioned in 1909 by Giuseppe Merosi designing a new range of cars.
The 24 HP, the first car to come out of the workshops proved to be so modern that a lot of material shelved in 1915, at the beginning of World War I, it was used in 1921 to build the model 20/30 ES Sports.
The car was equipped with an engine block cast iron cylinder in-line paintings of 4,082 cc side valve controlled by a camshaft in the crankcase and 4-speed gearbox, which initially was providing the power of 42 hp at 2200 rpm, 45 hp in version of 1912, sending it to the rear wheels via universal joint. The spoked wheels wooden rode tires from 820 x 120 mm. The front and rear track width was 1350 mm.
The chassis "24 HP", to be given to body builders for the construction of confidence desired, according to the custom of the time, were particularly appreciated by customers for its advanced technology, for structural strength and even more for the remarkable power that allowed to reach 100 km / h in the 110 hp version 45: a amazing speed for the time. The chassis (over 200) were bodied in the fitting "race" in two places, "limousine" with seven seats and for the most part in the "Torpedo", also used the equipment for the army that were used in the First World War. In 1920, after the break of war, during which he was suspended car production, to implement the military, were built only a few specimens; after which the "24 HP" was finally replaced by the model "20-30 HP" .It was clear that, since its first realization, Merosi he passed on to his projects the sporty look that had always characterized his work. And 'here that we find the roots of the great tradition of Alfa Romeo sports; that, subsequently, always animate the work of the House and still represents the strength and success.
Model homebuilt making use of rods and plates of brass, copper and aluminum.
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