The world of Heritage
All about the department that champions the historic heritage of Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth.
The history of our cars and our brands
People’s passion for classic and vintage cars has no borders, but there are certain places at a definite point in space, and suspended in time, which conserve the essence of this passion. Places like Heritage.
Centro Storico Fiat
Heritage HUB
Officine Classiche
Museo Alfa Romeo
Heritage Gallery
Heritage Points
A world of grand international events
Participating in the sector’s main events is an unmissable opportunity to admire up close the legendary cars that have inspired generations of fans.
The latest events:
Italy |
11-15 June 2024
1000 Miglia
Where passion meets legend
Como (IT) |
25 - 26 may 2024
Fuoriconcorso 2024
Stellantis Heritage takes center stage at prestigious “FuoriConcorso” event
Heritage stories
We describe a century of technology, style, competition and performance. We tell our story, and yours.
Last Stories:
Some connections lead to great stories.
Lancia D24 Spider Sport
The successes of Scuderia Lancia
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint
Italy’s sweetheart.
The Heritage universe is constantly evolving
Stay up-to-date with the hottest news, don’t miss out on the latest collaborations and discover behind-the-scenes insights and anecdotes in interviews with insiders.
Last News:
Turin, 12 April 2024
Heritage pays tribute to the history of Abarth with two special projects
A temporary exhibition and the announcement of the Abarth Classiche 1300 OT project.
17th November 2023
Stellantis Heritage at Milano AutoClassica
The debut of Fiat Multipla 6x6 and tribute to Autodelta
Discover our brand and model clubs all over the world
Use our locator to find your nearest brand and model clubs.
The history of four world-leading Italian motoring brands
From the most emblematic models to the most successful, revolutionary people, and the most significant events, this section illustrates and celebrates the cornerstones of Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth.
From now on, you and your passion can count on a team of experts
Certificate of Origin, Certification of Authenticity, restoration. To guarantee your car's timeless charm.
The classic boutique
Enter a world built on passion. An extensive range of products offered by Heritage to feed your timeless passion.
Cars for sale
Reloaded by creators is the Heritage project involving the sale of a small number of classic cars from the Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth brands: historic models, with certified authenticity, restored to their original beauty by the Constructor itself.

Franco Scaglione:
the man who designed the 33 Stradale

Interview with his daughter

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, we interviewed Giovanna Scaglione, daughter of Franco, the designer who created what many regard as "the most beautiful car ever".

Designing a sports car is never easy, because it takes painstaking precision to adhere to the many fundamental rules, such as overall dimensions, weights, aerodynamics and, last but not least, aesthetics. The task is even more complex if you start out with a racing car and turn it into a road-going car, because most of the choices have already been made, with efficiency the sole priority. 

So what Franco Scaglione managed to come up with after being given the job of designing the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale was nothing short of extraordinary: he masterfully transformed technical restrictions into exquisitely stylish features, avoiding unsightly shapes dictated by the rigid application of aerodynamic principles. 

"Aerodynamics were his muse, but he always combined them with elegance," his daughter Giovanna told us. "He reconciled his technical training as an aeronautical engineer with an innate taste for beauty. He was an all-round designer."

The end product was both aerodynamically exhilarating and delightfully functional: the car is less than a metre high and does away with conventional doors, which would have made getting in and out of the car particularly uncomfortable. Instead Scaglione designed ‘butterfly’ doors that cut halfway into the roof and open upwards and outwards, so the occupants of the vehicle can get out easily without having to stoop.

Back then, designing such an aerodynamically avant-garde car was no mean feat. Scaglione didn’t possess all the tools that today’s designers have. In those days he couldn’t count on the support of computers or even wind tunnel tests, which were only used for military purposes at the time. The Florentine designer used a fairly realistic system that involved attaching woollen threads to the car and photographing their movement as the car travelled, the aim being to study the air flows by analysing the photos.

Despite these difficulties, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale was born from Scaglione's pencil. A car like no other, it also gave his daughter Giovanna her most thrilling memory: "Every car he designed was like a sister for me. But being able to test drive the 33 was my dream and I didn’t give my dad any peace, until out of desperation he asked the developer Teodoro Zeccoli to take me for a spin in it. We were at the Turin Motor Show and it was the greatest thrill of my life!

During a career spanning over 20 years, Scaglione designed many coachbuilt sports cars and also left his unmistakable mark on two Alfa Romeo Giuliettas: the original Sprint and the eclectic Sprint Speciale. One of his most creative periods coincided with his partnership with Nuccio Bertone.

"That bond with Nuccio Bertone originated in the 1950s and turned out to be an enduring and stimulating one," explains Giovanna, "For nine years my father had the opportunity to experiment, honing his art and flair on many sports cars." 

While working for coachbuilder Bertone in the mid-1950s, Scaglione designed a number of celebrated Alfa Romeo cars with elegant and sculpted aluminium bodies: the 2000 Sportiva—which can still be admired at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese—as well as the more famous and widespread Giulietta Sprint and the highly original Giulietta Sprint Speciale, both of which are also on show in Arese and which continued to be produced under the Giulia name even after the other Giuliettas were discontinued. 

"The Giulia itself might be one of the current Alfa Romeo models that my dad would appreciate," suggests Giovanna, underlining how the Alfa brand was generally a source of inspiration for her father, whatever the model.

Also because Alfa Romeo became Scaglione’s second home after he parted ways with Bertone. 

And the Alfa brand deserves credit for preserving the memory of one of the greatest exponents of 20th century motoring. 

"For many years after my father stopped working, people believed that he had died, and his name had almost disappeared from the memory of enthusiasts. It’s all thanks to trade magazines and Alfa Romeo, which I got back into contact with a few years after Dad's death, that the memory of Franco Scaglione lives on. From memorials to publications and events devoted to him, I make it my daily commitment to ensure that this special person is never forgotten, and not just by me as his daughter."

The reason for all this affection and esteem is clear to Giovanna Scaglione and has nothing to do with his creations: "He was a truly unique man, both at work and in his private life. He never laid down the law, he always explained why things needed doing. Determined, yes, but in spirit, and never tedious: it was impossible not to admire him and to like him."

Read the insight and the story of the stunning Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale.

Keep up to date with all the news, events and insights from the Heritage universe.