3. 1967 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
Alfa Romeo cars are famously one of the best arguments for cars having souls nestling under their bonnets. Every car seems to be focused around creating an emotional and physical response from the driver, whether that’s butterflies in your stomach on first sight of a majestic Tipo 33 Stradale, or the buttocks-clenching when the engine fails on a busy motorway.
The Stradale is flashier and brasher than some of the other cars on this list. That’s because this car is not just a bespoke show pony meant to pose for awards, but thorough-bred racer ready and raring to unleash Alfa’s finest racing technology.
The car was unleashed upon the world in 1967 after the Tipo 33 sports prototype was adapted into the barely-street-legal Tipo 33 Stradale. Of the incredibly exclusive 18 that were made, only 10 are known to exist today, making the Stradale one of the most sought-after trophy cars in the world.
As with all antiquities that are so rare that a sale would make the news, its sales value should essentially be listed as ‘priceless’. The cars that have survived the test of time barely circulate, although Alfa’s Head of North America estimated the car could easily sell for “well over $10 million”.
It’s so attractive it’s almost a parody of itself, so iconic yet so unique in design simultaneously. It is almost like it was designed to sit on the winner’s podium. It combines a classic, curvy hood reminiscent of the other classic racing cars it has left in the dust, with a brutal, angular backside which denies the car’s beauty to all those who can’t keep up.
If a complete car novice was asked to predict a winner from a starting line-up, they’d choose the Stradale every time.
Although it’s 2.0-litre V8 engine may not seem like a race winner when compared to some of the others in its category, at 700kg, it is barely a paperweight next to some supercars. Altogether, with 230bhp at 10,000 rpm, this glorious little engine catapulted the car from zero to 60mph in a lightning 5.5 seconds, with a top speed of 162mph.