1921 Alfa Romeo G1 news, pictures, specifications, and information
Race Car
Designer: Giuseppe Merosi
Chassis Num: 6018
The Anonima Lombarda Fabrica Automobili (ALFA) Company was taken over by Nicola Romeo in 1915 in order to build tractors, ploughs and aircraft engines. The new company was renamed Alfa-Romeo, and when the company returned to making cars after World War I the Alfa Romeo G1, the first Alfa Romeo was born. The G1 was the first all-new design from Alfa Romeo after then end of the A.L.F.A. brand. Giuseppe Merosi designed the drawings for both the update of the pre-war 24HP into the revised 20/30ES and the new luxury G1.

The chassis was longer and stiffer than the 40-60 HP with a new 6.3 liter 384 cubic-inch straight-6 engine producing 70 bhp (52 kw) and 216 foot pounds of torque and achieved a top speed of 86 mph.

This G1 is the oldest Alfa Romeo in existence as well as the only one known to remain of the 52 that were built. It was sold new in 1921 for the staggering price of 850 pounds. It was designed by Giuseppe Merosi and powered by a 6.3-liter, 6-cylinder engine, the largest engine ever fitted to an Alfa Romeo. It also started Alfa Romeo's motorsports heritage, finishing First in Class in the Coppa del Garda. This particular G1 was sold to a businessman in Australia who soon went bankrupt and the car was hidden for 25 years before being discovered in 1947 by a local farmer. The vehicle was then used to round up cattle before an unfortunate accident with a tree. The engine from the damaged car was next used to power a water pump until 1964, when it was rescued by Ipswich Alfa Romeo enthusiasts Ross Flewell-Smith in 1964. The car has been restored a number of times and is currently in its early racing configuration. In 1995 it was sold to Julian Sterling who began a restoration after which it was bought by Ateco Automotive, the New Zealand Alfa Romeo importer.
The Alfa Romeo G1 two-seat sports roadster is the oldest Alfa Romeo in existence, the very first vehicle designed specially as an Alfa Romeo. There were only 52 of these magnificent creations built, powered by a 6.3-liter side-valve six-cylinder engine. The G1 was designed by Giuseppe Merosi. With its large six-cylinder engine it was the largest engine ever fitted to an Alfa Romeo to date. With increasing gas prices and roughly six miles to a gallon, the car was not popular with many, thus the reason for only 52 being created. It was fitted with a four-speed manual gearbox and semi-elliptical front springs and dual quarter-elliptic at the rear. The brake was mechanical on the rear wheels. The engine was featured two cast-iron blocks each comprised of three cylinders. It was capable of producing 70 horsepower and an astonishing 216 foot-pounds of torque.

This particular G1 has a very interesting history, beginning in Australia where it was sold for 850 pounds to a businessman who, soon after, went bankrupt. The car was hidden to keep it away from creditors but three years later the man died. The G1 remained hidden for 25 years.

It was discovered around 1947 by young farmers. The vehicle was used to round up cattle, chase kangaroos and other farm chores. An unfortunate accident occurred when the G1 had a brush with a tree. The damaged car was brought back to the farm where it was used to power a water pump. It continued this duty until 1964 when it was rescued by Alfa Romeo enthusiasts. It was bought a year later by Ross Flewell-Smith who rebuilt and restored the G1 over a ten year period.

After the restoration it was entered in Vintage Car Concours, memorial runs and races.

In 1995 it was sold to Julian Sterling who began another restoration. At the completion of the restoration it was bough by Ateco Automotive, the New Zealand Alfa Romeo importer.
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2013
Recent Vehicle Additions

2018 Lincoln Navigator Black Label

1923 Rickenbacker Model B

1940 Ford Lloyd Rockey Special

2017 Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer

1925 Ford Eliminator Special

1936 Brough Superior
Fearsome and Solidly Original 1971 Hemi Challenger a Feature at Russo and Steele's Scottsdale Auction Event
Scottsdale, Arizona (January 3rd, 2017) – The Chrysler E-bodies might have been the last to enter Detroit's pony car game. Though critics argue that the best were saved for last with these cars, making their introduction more than five years after the first Mustang was released. Using a formula similar to Ford and Chevrolet, the Challenger was based on a stretched, compact Dart platform, making the car an immediate sales success. The White Hat Boys at Dodge positioned the car as part of t...[Read more...]
◾Iconic DB4 G.T. brought back to life by Aston Martin Works ◾Cars will be built at Newport Pagnell - home of the original DB4 G.T. ◾Strictly limited to 25 track-only cars ◾Newport Pagnell production re-starts after 10 years 09 December 2016, Newport Pagnell: One of Aston Martin's most iconic models – the DB4 G.T. - is to be celebrated with a special series of 25 track-only continuation cars built to lightweight specification by Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell. Launched in ...[Read more...]
Auctions America Continues Successful 2013 Season with its Annual Fall Carlisle Sale
• Auctions America rounds out its 2013 auction season in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, October 3-4 • Two-day Fall Carlisle sale, held in conjunction with the Carlisle Events Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral, features a diverse roster of 300 classics, exotics, muscle cars, hot rods, and customs • Auction highlights include a desirable 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Roadster, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 RS Sport Coupe, and a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster • Full event details and a frequentl...[Read more...]
Auctions America Readies for Highly Anticipated Spring Carlisle Collector Car Weekend
• Auctions America returns to Carlisle, Pennsylvania for its annual Spring Carlisle sale, April 25-26 • Two-day sale lifts the gavel on a diverse roster of approximately 300 quality collector cars • Notable highlights include a rare 1959 Chevrolet Corvette 'Big-Brake' Fuel-Injected Roadster, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS5 Convertible and a 1999 Bentley Azure Convertible • Sale held during Carlisle Events' highly anticipated Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral weekend, April 24...[Read more...]
In a recent rare find, two classic Chevrolet Corvettes (one '62 and one '63) - stored for decades-are being made available by the Vicari Auction Company. Both vehicles will cross the block during 2013 Cruisin' Nocona, a north Texas collector car auction and classic car poker cruise set for April 19th and 20th in historic Nocona, Texas. The Corvettes are virtually all-original, and have been stored in Texas by a classic-vehicle aficionado and collector since the 1980s. 'These...[Read more...]

1900 SS
1900M Matta
8C 2600
GT 1300 Junior
Junior Zagato
Sport Sedan
Sprint Zagato
Tipo 158 Alfetta
Tipo 33

© 1998-2017. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.