View Full Version : The Lost Alphas........Be.

15-08-2012, 04:39 PM
On approach to this site you know your in for a treat littered with empty buildings and whats looks like a castle (unfortunately sealed) . After a short while we found what we were looking for hidden in the depths of the castle ....the lost alphas

Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A. (Italian pronunciation: [ˈalfa roˈmɛːo]) is an Italian manufacturer of cars. Founded as A.L.F.A. on June 24, 1910, in Milan, the company has been involved in car racing since 1911, and has a reputation for building expensive sports cars. The company was owned by Italian state holding company Istituto per la Ricostruzione Industriale between 1932 and 1986, when it became a part of the Fiat Group, and since February 2007 a part of Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.

One of the cars in its former glory


The company that became Alfa Romeo was founded as SocietÓ Anonima Italiana Darracq (SAID) in 1906 by the French automobile firm of Alexandre Darracq, with some Italian investors. In the late 1909, the Italian Darracq cars were selling slowly and a new company was founded named A.L.F.A. (Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, English: Lombard Automobile Factory, Public Company), initially still in partnership with Darracq. The first non-Darracq car produced by the company was the 1910 24 HP, designed by Giuseppe Merosi. A.L.F.A. ventured into motor racing, with drivers Franchini and Ronzoni competing in the 1911 Targa Florio with two 24 HP models. In August 1915 the company came under the direction of Neapolitan entrepreneur Nicola Romeo, who converted the factory to produce military hardware for the Italian and Allied war efforts. In 1920, the name of the company was changed to Alfa Romeo with the Torpedo 20-30 HP becoming the first car to be badged as such.


In 1928 Nicola Romeo left, with Alfa going broke after defense contracts ended, and at the end of 1932 Alfa Romeo was rescued by Benito Mussolini's government, which then had effective control. The Alfa factory struggled to return to profitability after the Second World War, and turned to mass-producing small vehicles rather than hand-building luxury models. In 1954 the company developed the classic Alfa Romeo Twin Cam engine, which would remain in production until 1995. During the 1960s and 1970s Alfa Romeo produced a number of sporty cars, though the Italian government parent company, Finmeccanica, struggled to make a profit so sold the marque to the Fiat Group in 1986.


Alfa Romeo has competed successfully in many different categories of motorsport, including Grand Prix motor racing, Formula One, sportscar racing, touring car racing and rallies. They have competed both as a constructor and an engine supplier, via works entries (usually under the name Alfa Corse or Autodelta) and private entries. The first racing car was made in 1913, three years after the foundation of the company, and Alfa Romeo won the inaugural world championship for Grand Prix cars in 1925. The company gained a good name in motorsport, which gave a sporty image to the whole marque. Enzo Ferrari founded the Scuderia Ferrari racing team in 1929 as an Alfa Romeo racing team, before becoming independent in 1939.


You have seen the cars in their glory days now lets look from an urbex point of view.......

Giulia 1600 Spider hardtop (red) ('62)

Giulia 1600 spider Hardtop (Blue) ('62)

Alfa Romeo 1300 Sprint ('64)

Alfa Giulietta 1300 SS Super Sprint ('61)
info from Odbin Ravin


Thanks for looking Oldskool...........

15-08-2012, 06:47 PM
Fooking excellent report fella, the editing brings out the fantastic detail in the photos without being OTT, shagtastically fantastic!!!

15-08-2012, 06:49 PM
Fooking excellent report fella, the editing brings out the fantastic detail in the photos without being OTT, shagtastically fantastic!!!

thanks alot man

15-08-2012, 08:32 PM
Very good! Nice set of derped cars!

15-08-2012, 10:01 PM
fap fap fap

16-08-2012, 01:49 PM
Nice work, surprised the Alfa's havent rotted into the ground

16-08-2012, 02:20 PM
Those are quite rare i should think and would be worth a lot restored. italian stuff either rots or ends up cluttering the hard shoulder usually.

12-12-2012, 08:45 PM
this location is almost close ;) the owner is it sick to have all the urban explorarers in his backyard..
http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/3443/losta10.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/12/losta10.jpg/)

12-12-2012, 11:03 PM
That seems a bit c u nty. Wasting the cars. Ah well.

12-12-2012, 11:43 PM
Is he sealing it forever or can he still access this somehow?

16-12-2012, 12:06 AM
I think you could still access the cars via an internal door to the chateau, but that was firmly locked a few weeks ago …

Nice one, this place really does require a wide angle lens to make the shots…

16-12-2012, 01:27 PM
I'd have bricked that fucker up 6 months ago rather than let people clamber all over my cars! Nice work though Oldskool, looks a cracking place to visit.

16-12-2012, 06:41 PM
Ultra rare Alpha's they look in fairly good condition, certainly need rescuing. Yor photos set the cars off a treat:thumb

24-12-2012, 12:01 AM
Very nice shots, they need to be taken out and restored some rare gems in there!