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Alfa Romeo 155/156/147 Competition Touring Cars – The development and racing history

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Alfa Romeo 155/156/147 Competition Touring Cars – The development and racing history
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By Peter Collins
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Hardback • 25x25cm • 192 pages • 465 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845843-42-7

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• Unique story of one of today’s modern classic racing cars
• The 155’s story has never before been covered
• Comprehensive story of all competition models
• Exclusive, behind-the-scenes detail
• Written with the full co-operation and collaboration of Abarth/Alfa Romeo engineer, Ing. Sergio Limone
• How the cars won several World and National Championships
• Interviews with leading drivers
• Comprehensive results list
• Never seen before photographs


Immediately after saving Alfa Romeo, Fiat decided to enter motorsport wholeheartedly as a means of marketing the brand. This book charts its early attempts at this, and comprehensively describes the development and racing history of the first ‘Fiat’ Alfa Romeo – the 155 – and the subsequent 156 and 147 models.


After saving Alfa Romeo from oblivion in 1987, it took Fiat nearly five years to debut the first new Alfa produced under its control. This is the story of how the competition versions of the 155/156/147 family of cars were developed and subsequently raced to many championship titles and race wins
Alfa Romeo’s 155 saloon was a comprehensively successful racing touring car that won the German and world-wide DTM Championship, and later ITC races. The model also took on the role of representing the company in national touring car championships throughout the world, most notably winning the British Touring Car Championship in 1994.
The 156 was Alfa’s successor to the 155 and was also raced with much success. This book follows the development and competition history of this model too, along with its sibling, the 147. Together, these models kept the Alfa Romeo name at the pinnacle of motor sport for many years, from 1992 to 2006, and will become future motorsport classics.

Independent Reviews

"IN the nineties and noughties, Alfa Romeo's 155, 156 and 147 were tearing up tracks in touring car races around the world - like Silverstone and Donington Park in the UK. This 200-page hardback is well detailed, and includes great colour photos, plus loads of in-depth info."
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"The author, Peter Collins, admits this was the hardest book project he has worked on, and I am not surprised as it encompasses an immense amount of detailed research. He has managed a thoroughly comprehensive account of the development and competition activities of all the racing models of the 155/156/147 period."
Historic Motor Racing News

"Whilst this isn't a book for the casual browser, fans of the touring car world will enjoy seeing how the early days of the production 155 led all the way to the ultimate evolution of the overblown technology of the DTM. This book isn't overloaded with stats and concentrates on giving an overview of a golden time for touring car racing and of its biggest supporters."

"At last, an Alfa Romeo history that covers fresh ground with a review of racing Touring Cars from 1994-2007. Author Peter Collins is a respected Italian-car authority and does a superb job of covering the development, from wind-tunnel research for the 155 through to Tim Harvey's frustrating 147 team challenge in the British Touring Car Championship. Beginning with Gabriele Tarquini's emotive foreword (he was the first Italian to win a BTCC title in an Italian car), Collins packs the highly readable text with plenty of quotes from drivers and team managers. As well as a wealth of race photography, there's a fascinating selection from behind the scenes in the workshops and testing. A bonus comes in the form of reprinted homologation papers, cutaway images and body diagrams."
Classic & Sports Car

"It is well illustrated but the images, mostly from the authors own archive, don't swamp the text. As with the man himself, there are few wasted words. We Recommend it."
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