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These Cars Pack The Smallest V-8 Engines Ever Put In a Road-Going Vehicle

These Cars Pack The Smallest V-8 Engines Ever Put In a Road-Going Vehicle

Not all V-8 engines are equal. These six cars pack sub-3.0-liter V-8s

For as long as most of us can remember, V-8 engines are associated with big power and big displacement. Although this is true for most of them, there are those that don’t share their bigger counterparts’ performance capabilities. Nevertheless, some of these engines pack a surprising amount of punch for their size. On top of that, you can find a lot of them in some pretty epic vehicles.

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The Blue Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale Is Real, Although It Doesn't Seem Like It

The Blue Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale Is Real, Although It Doesn’t Seem Like It

The Tipo 33 Stradale is one of the rarest cars in existence and not all are red

Trying to pin down the most beautiful road car ever made is an impossible task. There are those that would give an arm and a leg to at least lay eyes on a 250 GTO and others that have altars in their homes dedicated to the Jaguar E-Type or the Lamborghini Miura.

However, among the cars tossed around in this discussion none is probably more exclusive than Alfa Romeo’s Tipo 33 Stradale. While Ferrari built over 30 250 GTOs in the mid-’60s, fewer than 10 Tipo 33s are believed to exist so to come to the realization that one of them is blue, not red, is akin to realizing that the Sun revolves around the Earth and not the other way around.

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Here's The Mythical Blue Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale After a Full Restoration

Here’s The Mythical Blue Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale After a Full Restoration

Alfa Romeo built just one 33 Stradale in blue and it’s been missing for decades

Alfa Romeo has built many beautiful cars over the years, but none is more impressive than the 33 Stradale. A breathtaking design with curvy and muscular lines, the 33 Stradale is not just beautiful, but it’s also a full-fledged race car that you can drive on public roads.

Alfa Romeo built just 18 from 1967 to 1969, but two were prototypes and six chassis were converted to concept cars. In all, only 10 actual units were built, which makes the 33 Stradale extremely rare. But this limited series also includes a special unicorn that was painted blue instead of red. And it just resurfaced after a full restoration in time for the company’s 110th anniversary.

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Stunning Visage Of The Alfa Romeo LEA Concept Makes Us Dream

Stunning Visage Of The Alfa Romeo LEA Concept Makes Us Dream

The Alfa Romeo LEA Concept Is A Perfect Design That Match Evergreen Design of Yesterday With the Contemporary Style

You are looking at one of the sexiest pieces of car design that has appeared this year. Luigi Memola, Singapour designer and head of Advance Design at EPTA Design ltd London, published his vision of the Alfa Romeo LEA Concept on Instagram to enter the #AlfaRomeoDesignChallenge organized by @cardesign.ru. You can see other entries following the hashtag on Instagram, but I believe that this particular LEA Concept is, by far, the best design. The LEA (Linea Emozionante Aerodinamica) mates the retro styling of the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale and Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 with contemporary styling elements of the supercars of today.

I think it is stunning!

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1967 - 1969 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

1967 - 1969 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

One of the fastest and most expensive in its day, and still one of the most beautiful ever made

Fast, expensive, rare, and achingly gorgeous - these are the words that describe the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale. Produced in very limited quantities between November of 1967 and March of 1969, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is a sports car based on the open-top Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Sports prototype racer, promising all the mechanical good stuff of a track-born competitor, but packaged with the freedom and relative comfort of a street-legal machine. Not to be confused with the four-door Alfa Romeo 33 sedan built between 1983 and 1995, the 33 Stradale follows the time-honored Italian tradition of bringing competition technology to the street, and suffice to say, the end result is epic from every single angle.

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