Today we offer you a list of the 5 Alfa Romeo best-selling ofit was Fiat. They are cars that, in some cases, have given back some splendor to a special brand, sometimes not properly managed. Although not all young people know it, Alfa Romeo was once a brilliant star of the four-wheeled galaxy. Fortunately, the tradition, despite some disarray, has been preserved, overcoming some style lapses of a few years ago, but much remains to be done.
The history of Alfa Romeo is studded with exciting stages, which have written the framework of a brand capable of making enthusiasts dream, at all latitudes of the world. From a legal point of view, the birth of Alfa (acronym for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili) dates back to 24 June 1910. In the same year, two cars were conceived at the Portello workshops in Milan, destined to be fixed forever in the company’s history, first models under his signature: the 24 HP and the 12 HP, which refer to the power supplied by the engine in the initials.
Alfa Romeo: a long story
It was the beginning of a story that has gone on over time with mixed fortunes, also intertwining with many personal, sporting and managerial events of Enzo Ferrari, founder of the house of the “prancing horse”. The best-selling Alfa Romeo ever was the 33 which, in the two generations in which it took shape, blossomed into 989,234 units, from 1983 to 1994. Important numbers, in an era in which, however, the prestige of the brand it was heavily tarnished and no longer in line with the noble tradition. The 1984 Alfa 90 was colorless, which remained on the list for as long as the blink of an eye, to give way to the much more effective and beloved 75 from 1985, the first model to be fitted with a Twin Spark engine.
The company’s budgets still weren’t laughing, also because of the high production costs, and IRI, which held control of the brand, sold Alfa Romeo to Fiat in 1986. The following year the splendid 164 arrived on the market, designed by Pininfarina and developed on the same platform used by Fiat Croma, Lancia Thema and Saab 9000. The model was liked. It combined the beautiful aesthetics of dynamic and performance qualities at the height, in a framework of comfort and habitability in line with expectations. Had he had rear-wheel drive he would have made it through, but his numbers were still good.
We are already in the middle of the Fiat era, even if the first models entirely conceived under the direction of the Agnellis were the limited series SZ and RZ. We then discover the 5 most commercially successful Alfa Romeos from 1986 to today. The data are those provided to Quattroruote by the Alfa Romeo Documentation Center in Arese. Obviously, the current models are missing from the list, such as Giulia and Stelvio, which are in full production and in continuous numerical evolution.
1. Alfa Romeo 156
She is the commercial queen of the Alfa Romeo list in the Fiat era. The first place on the podium was conquered with 673,435 units produced during its stay on the market, which went on from 1997 to 2007. This segment D sedan owes much of its success to the splendid line designed by Walter de Silva, which gave birth to a dynamic sculpture, which immediately entered people’s hearts.
2. Alfa Romeo 147
Place of honor, in the list that we have prepared, for this compact two-volume muscular cut, produced in Pomigliano d’Arco from 2000 to 2010, in 651,823 units. A commercial volume that earned it second place in the ranking among the best-selling Alfa Romeos of the Fiat era. Also in this case the design is due to the creative flair of Walter de Silva. In 2005 came the restyling signed by Giorgetto Giugiaro.
3. Alfa Romeo Giulietta
This car, which can be classified as a compact medium sedan of segment C, presents itself to the eye with a muscular look, which scores many points in the large and sporty rear mirror. Its production went on from 2010 to 2020, at the Cassino plant. In total, around 480,000 units were produced. Enough to earn the lowest step of the podium in our ranking today.
4. Alfa Romeo MiTo
With 293,428 units produced, this B-segment car from the Biscione takes fourth place in today’s special ranking. The model name combines the initials of Milan and Turin, to celebrate the link between Alfa Romeo and Fiat of the modern era. This is the only small car of the Lombard car manufacturer. Young people and women liked it so much. The lack of a 5-door version affected its commercial potential.
5. Alfa Romeo 164
A splendid creature from Pininfarina, this dream sedan immediately entered people’s hearts. She goes to the last place of our top five, but given the segment she belongs to, her figures are really important. In total, the Alfa Romeo 164 took shape in 269,894 units, produced from 1987 to 1997. This was the first Alfa Romeo car, among those of large production, to blossom under the hat of mother Fiat.