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Owning one that you love to take care of, polish and protect with RAC breakdown cover, then James Bond, the Jackal, Italian police, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino – what could they possibly have in common? Why, the Alfa Romeo of course! Roger Moore steals one in Octopussy. Al Pacino drives one as Michael Corleone in Sicily, in The Godfather. Dustin Hoffman immortalises one in The Graduate. Edward Fox’s character crashes one in The Day of the Jackal. And the Italian police have been driving them as official vehicles for quite a while now. Today, it’s your turn to be part of this car’s iconic history and present. If you’re a true fan of Alfa Romeo, send in a picture of your Alfa, old or new, to an online website hosted by the company themselves. The pictures will form a special mosaic to mark Alfa’s centenary and the release of their new model, the new Giulietta.

This artistic endeavour is part of the centenary celebrations of Alfa Romeo, starting this year. Most importantly, it also marks the launch of the new Giulietta, a remake of the model originally launched more than 50 years ago. The 1954 model was a Bertone-styled coupé that later evolved into a 90bhp Sprint Veloce model with a top speed of 102mph. Today, the Giulietta is a five-door hatchback model with five engines ranging from the 120hp entry-level 1.4-litre turbo-charged petrol engine to the range-topping 235hp 1750 TBi. It will be available with a choice of four trim levels: Turismo, Lusso, Veloce and Cloverleaf. The names will be familiar – they’ve been members of the Alfa family for the past 100 years.

Classic AlfaThe iconic car has a dedicated fan following, which has been cemented by cinema and television. Top Gear named it as a must-have car for true petrol heads. The online gallery collecting the images for the mosaic is a must see. Polished and shiny cars from the 1910s sit next to the Spider being driven by Spiderman! No points for originality there, but the spread does go to show the intense popularity of the Italian car through the ages. The grills, the plates, even the gleaming engines – the cars laid out in pristine, loving detail. Goodwood’s Festival of Speed 2010 spotlighted Alfa Romeo, as part of their ‘Viva Veloce! – The Passion for Speed’ theme for the year, celebrating the Italian exuberance for motor racing.

Alfa CentenaryAlfa, or Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, has been producing some of the world’s most recognisable and beloved cars for more than 100 years. In addition to which, they have also been part of Italian motoring history, ever since the 1920s and ’30s, scoring wins at many of the most famous and prestigious races and motoring events such as Targa Florio, Mille Miglia and Le Mans.

For those awaiting the new Giulietta, it costs £17,000 for entry-level models. For those not ready to part with such a sum of cash, there are adventure companies that offer car hires and driving experience days on select luxury and race car models – they make excellent Christmas gift vouchers. And, for more die-hard fans of the Alfa, it’s only a matter of time till the Alfa Romeo Giulia is relaunched. It was massively successful in the ’60s, and a replacement of the current 159 is meant to relive its glory days.

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