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Automobile Sport #30 (Print Magazine)

At just 28 years old, automotive engineer Laura Kukuk established herself as a leading expert in the highly specialised field of appraising classic cars, racing cars and sports cars. Together with her father Dipl.-Ing. Klaus Kukuk, she travels the world, conducting forensic pre-inspections of rare and sought-after classics and modern collector vehicles and researching their origin, condition and originality down to the smallest detail.

In the coming issues, we will be presented with exclusive insights and exciting vehicle stories from their world of vehicle appraisal.

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"La dolce vita" and the passion for automotive culture are particularly alive in Italy. There is a passion for "la macchina" that is infectious - it is almost impossible to close oneself off to these emotions. The emotions are found in form and design, but especially also in the engine and the drive train. Italian designs are not always the simplest, but they are always among those that inspire the most. Accordingly, many of the most successful racing cars come from Italian manufacture, as do numerous elegant sports and road cars. The "modern" automobile (with internal combustion engine) was invented in Germany by Carl Benz, but as early as 1899 the Italians had also discovered the advantages of the new means of transport for themselves and began to develop them further.

As with the early Tipo 33/2 racing cars and its successor Tipo 33/3 of 1969, the chas- sis for the 33 Stradale were also riveted together as an H-shaped frame structure consisting of two half-shells to which specially cast light alloy structures were added at the front and rear. At the end of 1970, Alfa Romeo presented a new development stage for the following year with the Tipo 33 TT. TT stood for "Telaio Tubulare", which literally means "tubular chassis" and thus refers to a lattice tube frame. The Tipo 33 SC 12, whose letter abbreviation stood for "Scatola", followed in 1976 as the final model in the series. This refers to the centrally integrated box frame chassis.
So the Tipo 33 not only stands for an important racing chapter in the history of Alfa Romeo. The "Stradale" in particular is also considered one of the greatest automobile icons.

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