Tuesday 17th December 1872
Born on this day, Giuseppe Merosi, the first chief designer of Alfa Romeo. In 1910 he became technical director and head of projects of the new factory at Portello in Milan of Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, now better known as ALFA. The first car he designed was the Alfa 24 HP, in 1910. In 1914 Merosi designed his first racing engine, which was a 4 cylinder, 16 valve, DOHC engine. During the First World War, he worked on generators and compressors for the military, and in 1919 he studied civil engineering. By that time the company had changed its name to Alfa Romeo. Merosi had always recognized the importance of racing for the development of the company’s image. In 1911 Alfa took part for the first time at the Targa Florio with the 24HP Merosi had designed. The first victory in this historic competition for Alfa Romeo came in 1923.