Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Kalamata , HELLAS
The date is 1st January 1910,the date of foundation of "Societa Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili" , the company was founded from the liquidation of "Societa Anonima Italiana Darracq" (S.A.I.D.), by letting the word 'Societa' being understood they only kept A.L.F.A.
Ing.Nicola Romeo was an industrialist who in 1915 bought all of the assets of A.L.F.A. when the company was put into liquidation by its management , in the end of 1915 the A.L.F.A factory stopped producing automobiles due to the 1st WW and was absorbed by Ing.Nicola Romeo e C. , the factory now produced artillery shells,grenades,air compressors,rock drilling equipment,flame throwers,tractors and at the ned of the 1st WW aero engines.
In 1918 Nicola Romeo decided that the company should go public and the Societa Anonima Italiana Nicola Romeo e C. was constituted . A goverment program for the mechanization of national agriculture led Nicola Romeo to undertake the manufacture of American Titan tractors under licence , need to add that Nicola Romeo was actually interested in the modernization of Italy`s railway system so he bought the German owned Costruzioni Meccaniche di Saronno the Officine Meccanichedi Roma and the Officine Ferroviarie Meridionali in Naples.
It is very interesting that automobiles were not part of this conversion from the A.L.F.A company because Nicola Romeo knew nothing about producing automobiles , the decision was taking in July 1919 to start producing automobiles based in the models before the 1st WW , which were the 15-20 , 20-30 , 40-50 these models were designed by A.L.F.A `s 1st technical director Giuseppe Merosi back in 1914 , the production resumed in 1920 and from then on the automobiles were named Alfa Romeo`s , this leads to understand that the 15-20 , 20-30 and 40-50 models were also named Alfa Romeo`s although they were actually A.L.F.A `s that is why the G1 in the picture has only A.L.F.A. in the front of the radiator.
The first Alfa Romeo to be regarded as a proper postwar model was the ES introduced in 1921.
1750 GT Veloce 1a serie