Alfa Romeo Tipo 179 Formula 1

Alfa Romeo left Grand Prix racing in 1951 after winning the first two world championships, but by the late 1970s it was ready to return. During the 1979 Formula One season, after some persuasion by Carlo Chiti, Alfa Romeo gave Autodelta permission to start developing a Formula One car on their behalf. The new Alfa Romeo V-12 Grand Prix contender was introduced at Monza with Bruno Giacomelli.

From 1979 until the end of 1985, Alfa Romeo achieved two pole positions, three 3rd places, two 2nd places and one fastest lap. The team sadly endured tragedy when their driver Patrick Depailler was killed testing for the 1980 German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring.

It was common for the Alfa Romeo F1 team to swap chassis plates amongst the armoury of cars that were deployed for the world championship, making it difficult to ascertain for sure in what rounds this chassis was entered. It is however certain that Tipo 179 #03 took part in many hard-fought races with sponsorship from Marlboro Italy and will always be connected with Bruno Giacomelli, Patrick Depailler and Mario Andretti.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.

520 hp, 2,991 cc DOHC four-valve V-12 engine, Lucas direct fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, independent front and rear suspension with lower wishbones, top rockers up front and lower wishbones and parallel top links in the rear, inboard shocks all around, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,780 mm

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood

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