Alfa Romeo 164 ProCar: The Ultimate Sleeper?

Alfa Romeo - Alfa Romeo 164 ProCar: The Ultimate Sleeper? - Italian Cars

The Alfa Romeo 164 ProCar was a revolutionary race car designed for a scrapped race series.

Alfa Romeo - Alfa Romeo 164 ProCar: The Ultimate Sleeper? - Italian Cars

It was basically an F1 racer with a saloon body plonked on top. In the middle of the car was a 3.5L V10, good for 620 BHP. This, combined with the car’s kerbweight of just 750KG enabled the car to reach 211mph.

Alfa Romeo - Alfa Romeo 164 ProCar: The Ultimate Sleeper? - Italian Cars

The Alfa was created for a race series called ‘Formula S’. Bernie Ecclestone announced to replace the ProCar series (as the M1 which was used was getting a bit old) a new race series would be created which combined F1 with run-of-the-mill saloons.

Alfa decided to jump on the bandwagon straight away as they had just bought Brabham, a chassis expert. They created the car above. The problem was, no other manufacturer decided to create a car.

Undeterred, Alfa decided to show the public what the car could do. However, the driver was told to not push the car, and that made for a poor display of the car’s insane abilities.

Bernie noticed the car’s poor reception with the public and decided to scrap the entire project.

Alfa Romeo - Alfa Romeo 164 ProCar: The Ultimate Sleeper? - Italian Cars

So which 164 do you prefer? This, or James May’s Alfa-Saab hybrid?

Alfa Romeo - Alfa Romeo 164 ProCar: The Ultimate Sleeper? - Italian Cars

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