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1949 Alfa Romeo Villa d'Este Berlinetta – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 28th Annual Dana Point Concours d'Elegance took place this past Sunday, once again adorning the Monarch Beach Golf Links at the St. Regis Resort with some of the most beautiful pieces of rolling sculpture ever created. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2010 is Alfa Romeo, so it was only fitting that this maker of some of the most incredible Italian sports and racing cars be one of the featured marques at this year's concours.

It's odd to think that this quintessentially Italian firm actually started out as a French company way back in 1906, but its SAID (Società Anonima Italiana Darracq) ancestor quickly dropped off the map when the Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili (A.L.F.A.) opened its Milanese factory doors on June 24, 1910. It wasn't until 1915 that Nicola Romeo came on board and the company we know and love finally started to flourish after the war, with its return to car building in 1920 under the Alfa Romeo name. It wasn't long before Enzo Ferrari and other drivers were establishing the racing prowess of the marque, eternally cementing the legacy of the automaker.

The Alfa Romeo turnout at most concours is usually pretty healthy, so with the special centennial this year, it wasn't surprising to see such a spectacular display of Alfas at Dana. Check out our gallery below and you'll see some of our favorites, from the Villa d'Este above, to the pair of Giulia Sprint Speciales, to the audacious '65 TZ2 GT Coupe of General Lyon.


  • 100 Years of Alfa Romeo at the 2010 Dana Point Concours d'Elegance
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 100 Years of Alfa Romeo at the 2010 Dana Point Concours d'Elegance
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 100 Years of Alfa Romeo at the 2010 Dana Point Concours d'Elegance
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1949 Alfa Romeo Villa d'Este Berlinetta
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1949 Alfa Romeo Villa d'Este Berlinetta
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1949 Alfa Romeo Villa d'Este Berlinetta
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1949 Alfa Romeo Villa d'Este Berlinetta
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1949 Alfa Romeo Villa d'Este Berlinetta
  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sport Speciale
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sport Speciale
  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sport Speciale
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sport Speciale
  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 GT Coupe
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 GT Coupe
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 GT Coupe
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 GT Coupe
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 GT Coupe
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 GT Coupe
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 GT Coupe
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 GT Coupe
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 GT Coupe
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 GT Coupe
  • 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta
  • 1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV Coupe
  • Image Credit: Frank Filipponio
  • 1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV Coupe

Photos by Frank Filipponio/ Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wish I was there! could have had some cake
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, Alfa has had some slick cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If anyone's interested, I went to Dana Point on Sunday. I have posted a collection on flickr here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pacificbeachray/sets/72157624246998541/
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nice. The more the merrier. Especially when it comes to Italian beauties.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess someone heard my earlier rant about no pics of Alfas, the featured marque. Yay!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That 1949 Alfa Romeo makes my heart skip a beat. Such clean lines....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Surprised there are no prewar cars in those pics. They didn't have any of the great old 8C's out there?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, they had a 6C 1750 and an 8C 2300. I stood next to them as they started them up to go to the podium, and was blown away by how modern and downright mean they sounded. Definitely not the clickety-clack you would expect from cars of the 30's. That pair was worth millions, I'm sure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man O' man, Alfa has made some of the most beautiful cars ever built. I absolutely love that blue TZ3..and the...and the...I just love them all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks for the pics. Always like to see additional sources for HQ Alfa pictures - especially the candid ones.

      Here are about 1000 more Alfa pics for those interested

      http://www.jlaforums.com/album.php?search=alfa&search_cond=Pic%20Description&sort_order=&start=0

      http://www.jlaforums.com/album.php?search=alfa&search_cond=Pic%20Title&sort_order=&start=0
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gorgeous. That's really the only thing I can say.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Was it Henry Ford who said "every time I saw an Alfa Romeo coming down the road I would tilt my hat" . . . understandably that these cars are rolling pieces of art.
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