1951 Alfa-Romeo 159 ‘Alfetta’ by John Elwell
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John Elwell (English, born 1949)
An extraordinary and unique large-scale aluminium sculptural model of the highly successful 1951 Alfa-Romeo 159 Alfetta (or ‘Little Alfa’). The sleek body, constructed in Elwell’s signature hand-formed aluminium panels riveted over a space frame, with cast wheels and patinated metal tyres, long side exhaust and windscreen. The cockpit features a well detailed dashboard with single wooden seat. Bearing an engraved plaque, signed John Elwell and numbered 1/1. English, 2018.
Length: 43 inches (110 cm)
Width: 14 inches (36 cm)
Height: 11 inches (28 cm).
The sculptural aluminium models of John Elwell are unique in their concept and construction, and unique in fact – each piece is a one-off, one of a kind, a limited edition of one example only, and takes around 1200 hours to hand-build.
The Alfetta 158/159 was one of the most successful Grand Prix racing cars ever built and in the hands of drivers such as Nino Farina, Juan-Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli, it dominated the first two seasons of the World Championship of Drivers, achieving 47 wins in 54 Grand Prix races.
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