• Alfa Romeo became a strong-selling brand post-WW II
• It was the emergency vehicle of choice at the time
• The 1900 became the best-selling Alfa Romeo
After World War II, Alfa Romeo solidified itself as a trusted and go-to brand in the automotive world.
Consumers opted for it, and even governments took them on as official emergency vehicles. From the 1950s onward, this took place, and the cars would be known as 'volanti', as they quickly became a familiar sight on the roads.
'Volanti' means steering wheel in Italian.
Several Alfa Romeo vehicles were used by emergency services and would be nicknamed 'Panther' and 'Gazelle.' To Alfa, this was a feather in the cap, as it underlined the dynamism and strong-built of the vehicles.
One of these cars, the 1900, was the first Alfa to roll off an assembly line. The new method of production saw production time being cut from 240 hours to just 100 per vehicle, and the 1900 sold more units than the total Alfa Romeo of other models until that time.
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Compiled by: Charlen Raymond