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2013-06-04 12:11

ALFA’S RACING EMBLEM: The Quadrifoglio Verde logo continues to be used on Alfa Romeo’s performance-tuned vehicles. Image – Alfa Romeo

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In 1923 the Quadrifoglio became an emblem linked to Alfa Romeo, when Ugo Sivocci decided to race in the Targa Florio with the symbol painted on the bonnet of his “RL”.

He achieved the first of the automaker’s 10 victories in the prestigious competition.

Following Sivocci’s success, other Alfa drivers, among them Enzo Ferrari, Antonio Ascari and Giulio Ramponi, decided to adopt the lucky quadrifoglio verde (four-leaf clover).


The Quadrifoglio Verde became the symbol of Alfa Romeo race cars and was later used on special production models to demonstrate the continuity between Alfa's "touring" cars and those designed for racing.

Adopting the iconic logo, Brilli Peri's P2 won the first "World Car Racing championship" at Monza in 1925, the first of the five World titles for Alfa Romeo. By the end of the 1920's the logo distinguished Alfa Romeos built by its parent company from those of the prancing horse, managed by Scuderia Ferrari.

In 1950 and 1951 Giuseppe Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio drove an Alfa Romeo 158 and 159, the celebrated "Alfettas", to victory in the first two Formula 1 World championships.

In the 1960s, the Quadrifoglio Verde was the hallmark of the race version of the Giulia, the TI Super. For a number of decades Alfa’s vehicles sported the blue Autodelta triangle from the GTA to the 33 and 33 TT 12 (1975) as well as the 33 SC 12 (1977).

Alfa Romeo's racing activity carried on in the 1980's after its return to F1. Its successes in racing for Touring Cars were repeated due to the GTV 6 2.5 and victory in German Touring Cars with its 155 V6 Ti in 1993.

Alfa’s 156 Superturismo continued to earn victories from 1998-2004.

Production Alfa Romeos have also carried the Quadrifoglio Verde, such as high-performance models built through the 1960's to the 1980's. Some feature the symbol on the body without an appearance in the official name - Giulia TI Super, Giulia Sprint GT Veloce, and 1750 GT Veloce.

Since the 1980's the Quadrifoglio Verde has been sported on other vehicles in the automaker’s stable

Alfasud ti Quadrifoglio Verde
Sprint Quadrifoglio Verde,
33 Quadrifoglio Verde
75 Quadrifoglio Verde (also on its USA version)
Spider 2.0 Quadrifoglio Verde,
164 Quadrifoglio Verde
145 Quadrifoglio Verde

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