The Castagna Bodied 1913 Alfa Romeo Aerodinamica

The Alfa Romeo Aerodinamica was built on a 1913 40-60 h.p. chassis, which it appears was designed by Giuseppe Merosi. This 40-60 model carries a 6082 cc straight four in a conventional shaft drive chassis and was manufactured between 1913-1922.

At the request of Count Marco Ricotti,  Carrozzeria Castagna in Milan, Italy (founded in 1849 and still in business today) designed and built this exqusite damascened aluminum body which was patterned after a dirigible. The cutout seen in the front of the body tapers back to a Mercedes style brass radiator and just behind it is the engine. Access to the engine is through square doors located just behind the front wheels.

The slippery shape of this Castagna body accounted for a 14 km/hour increase in the top speed of the car, which produced a reported 150 km/hour (93 mph) top speed. The car resides in the Alfa Romeo Museum in Milan.

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10 Responses to The Castagna Bodied 1913 Alfa Romeo Aerodinamica

  1. It seems inspired by the imagination of Jules Verne.

  2. Jones foyer says:

    Surely this is the first used of curved glass on an automobile?

  3. Brad L. says:

    Sadly, the Alfa Romeo Museum has been “temporarily closed for maintenance operation until further notice.” According to many rumors, Fiat (owner of Alfa since 1986) plans to move the collection to Torino (Turin), or close the museum and disperse the collection. The city of Milan has been trying to have the museum designated as an historical landmark, thereby saving the collection and its current location. What this all means is anyone’s guess. I for one would be happy to see the collection no matter the location.

    • Brad, Thanks for filling us in on the museum, if they have a storage problem I know a number the cars they have including this one, we would love to “store” for them.

  4. Robbie Marenzi says:

    Beautiful car, but it is not an Alfa Romeo, it was made by A.L.F.A. (Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili) founded in 1910, it wasn’t until 1915 that the company came under the direction of Neapolitan entrepreneur Nicola Romeo and the name of the company wasn’t changed to Alfa Romeo until 1920.

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