Alfa Romeo has competed successfully in many different categories of motorsport, including Grand Prix motor racing, Formula One, touring car racing, and rallies. It has 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. It holds the world’s title of the most wins of any marque in the world.
Due to their huge name and success, over the years many Alfas have been replicated, and quality varies from small local garages compared to the likes of the extremely well known Giordanengo.
The example on offer today is not a replica, instead it is a masterpiece of craftsmanship built to order for a gentleman in central Italy at the end of the 1970s. The car remained in his ownership for a staggering 35 years.
The craftsman who built this amazing and unique specimen was called Ugo Dall’Ara, but was more commonly known as “Hugues”. Hugues, who sadly passed away very recently, began as a classic car restorer before realising his true talent was in design. He moved towards specialising in the construction of replicas, some of which are passed off as originals and even to this day are being presented at many international events.
Whilst construction this Dallara Sport Hugues took a no expense spared approach and fitted a tubular frame and lightweight aluminium body. He also purchased a great engine; – the very reliable and fun DOHC 1.3 from an Alfa Romeo Giulia TI, which happened to be the block from chassis number 3 as shown in the factory records.
Included in the history file is a technical log, addressed to and signed by the Italian notary Gualfreduccio Degli Oddi, where it is possible to read the full specifications of the car when it was built in 1981.