Alfa Romeo Furia

7 Feb

Most of us have never seen an Alfa Romeo Furia, but if you had walked the floor of the 2011 SEMA show in Las Vegas, you would have spotted one.

Created by Toni Bianco, an Italian living in Brazil…the Furia (or Fury) was built and raced in the early 70s.  Of the 5 built, they had differing engines; Chevy, BMW, Ferrari, and one time a V12 Lamborghini engine salvaged from a poor guy’s crashed Miura.  Only one Alfa powered version was made.  It raced in a 6 Hour endurance race in Brazil and took 5th place in 1971 against the likes of Ferrari 512s and Porsche 910s.  It had a 2150cc 4cyl Alfa Romeo engine producing 138 HP, a tubular chassis, triangular suspension arms, and Hewland Girling 4 wheel disc brakes.  Today the car belongs to Antonio Villas Boas from Brazil.

Toni built his first race car in 1955 with many more built over the years to come.  He went to work as Design Director at National Motor Factory (FNM) who was licensed to produce Alfa Romeos in Brazl. Later, along with his partner Victor Massari, Toni opened a small company called Fury Auto Sport Ltd to produce the race cars.  They also produced a good looking prototype 2+2 street car, using the same Alfa engine, called the Furia GT.  It was initially red but has been nicely restored as a silver car.  It never made it into production.  After Fury Auto closed, he opened Toni Bianco Competitions in 1974, to produce race cars for customers and built a Tipo 33 based race car as one project. They also produced the VW powered Bianco S street car.

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