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Colombo


1922 – 1924

Colombo was an Italian automotive manufacturer based in Milan with operations from 1922 through 1924. The well-known manufacturer of aircraft engines introduced at the Milan Auto Show a kind of truck for transporting freight before 1922. In 1923 followed a car with the model designation "Type 9". It was powered with a 4-cylinder 1300 cc engine, overhead valves, an overhead camshaft with a three-speed gearbox. The vehicle was produced until the end of the company's run in 1924.


158 Alfa Romeo Alfetta

Alfa Romeo 158

A single-seater designed by Gioacchino Colombo in the spring of 1937, at the request of Enzo Ferrari. The 158 - affectionately called the "Alfetta" by enthusiasts - preserves the traditional Alfa Romeo engine setup and arrangement of mechanical assemblies on the chassis. The main innovations introduced on the model are the use of two sliding supports for the transversal leaf springs, one at the front and one at the back, and the addition of a device to lower the car's axle and thus its center of gravity. Compared with larger cars, with engine capacities above 4500 cc, the 158 with its 1500 cc seems like a "small car", albeit with a slender and elegant style. Its agility however was to make it more than a match for the "giants" of the time. The 158 makes its debut at Livorno in 1938, winning 1st, 2nd and 7th places, and then claiming first place, from 1939 to 1940, at the Coppa Acerbo, Coppa Ciano and at the Tripoli Grand Prix. In 1946, at the end of the war, the 158 starts racing again successfully, until in 1950 it wins the World Formula 1 title. Source


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