Giuseppe Busso – Arese’s Violinist.
On a recent trip to Europe, last November I visited Alfa Romeos Historical Museum on the site of the old Arise Assembly Plant. Completed in 1960, the factory was responsible for the production of Alfa’s most legendary cars of the post war era. Inexorably linked to the Arese plant is the story of legendary engineer Giuseppe Busso who designed virtually all the cars that kept the factory humming for over forty years. It is for this reason that I was shocked to discover that not
It was my first car and like most Alfisti, notwithstanding its many shortcomings, I was besotted. The seating position, despite adjustable steering wheel and electric seats, always ended up something more fit for a primate. This was a common characteristic of Italian cars from the 1970’s until well into the 90’s. Short legs and long arms were a must. On cold mornings, engaging second gear was a crunchy challenge and the front wheel drive chassis was so overtaxed by the silken