The Acceleration Chart rf the li-I,tre Supercharged Alfa Romeo.
the radiator-cap not being graduated. The suspension both on the road and the track was outstanding, and bends could be taken at 70, even with the large friction shock-absorbers finger-tight. At full speed on the track the car could be taken high or low at will, while sharp corners could be negotiated as on rails. The steering was light and fairly highgeared, but there seemed little caster, possibly due to a rubber bush under the facia board rubbing the boss of the steering wheel. The brakes played their part in fast motoring and came on powerfully with a full depression of the pedal, with
out tending to lock the wheels or to cause deviation from the straight.
The driving position was particularly good, the only snag being the placing of the windscreen wiper, which was mounted on the screen right in the driver’s line of vision. This could easily have been transferred to the centre or right of the panel, with a connecting rod to an auxiliary arm. The reading of the speedometer and the acceleration figures were tested at Brooklands track. Repairs were in progress, so there was only I mile on which to try the maximum speed. 85 m.p.h. was the best recorded with the car still accelerating. All figures were taken with the windscreen raised, as the lead to the
electric wiper was too short to allow it to be folded down. The maximum speed and the acceleration figures are therefore all the more creditable.
The engine ran smoothly up to 4,500 r.p.m. and kept clean externally, the gearbox and transmission were free from play or snatch, and the steering and chassis generally seemed well4cared for and in excellent condition. The tyres were almost new. The car had just been fitted with a handsome two-seater body by John Charles, finished in light red, and the coachwork and upholstery were unmarked. The pneumatic upholstery was comfortable, and a well-finished hood was folded
down on the tail behind the seats. There is luggage accommodation for several suitcases in a tail-locker, and tool compartments under the seats.
Prom one’s recollections of sports cars in 1929, the 13 litre Alfa Romeo was far ahead of its time in comfort and finesse of handling, while its all-out speed and acceleration make it a car to be reckoned with even to-day. It is interesting to note that the car tested was the one driven by J. C. Jeffress in the 1929 500 Miles Race, and which won the 1k litre class.
The car was lent to MoTog SPORT through the courtesy of N. H. Holder & Co., 22, George Street, Hanover Square, W.1, and is for sale. The price is £495.