Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona Coupé
The Tipo 33 is a legendary Alfa Romeo racing car, developed by Carlo Chiti who formerly worked for Ferrari.
Whilst employed by Autodelta, Alfa Romeo’s racing department, Chiti built a mid-engined car with a two-litre, eight-cylinder power unit for the 1967 racing season, that was given the internal designation 33. The first season was unsuccessful, but a new, improved version was built, called the 33/2. The Tipo 33/2s finished first in the two-litre class of the 24-hour Daytona race in 1968, hence the addition of ‘Daytona’ to the model name.
Vaccarella and Zeccoli came first overall in a 33/2 in the Imola 500 Kilometres race. Nino Vaccarella raced in his spare time; he actually worked as a schoolteacher.
The Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 underwent further development and in 1968 a three-litre version was released, the 33/3. It was in this model that Dutchman Gijs van Lennep finished second in the 1971 Targa Florio.