Alfa Romeo has such a deep catalog of sportscars, it is natural to wonder if the 4C's nose design pulls in some heritage cues.
We suspected it did, but could not pin down exactly which car inspired the Alfa shield in oversized, vertical form -- combined with twin intake jellybeans on either side. What shape are those extra grilles!? Pointed toward the edges of the nose, but rounded around the grille section. It is a fantastic look on the 4C. In person, this new Alfa is absolutely brilliant. Gorgeous.
Versus the chrome treatment on these 3000CM grilles, the 4C employs a negative space, sunken and carved out of the painted surfaces. It is modern but has roots, as seen here.
This 6C 3000CM is the coupe, with relatively frumpy rear-end and practical roofline.The 6C came in many varieties, however, many of which were Barchetta spiders and speedsters. A bit closer to the 4C's ethos, then, in the sportier versions.
But this Alfa from 62 years ago is still a big part of the brand today, in the face of the 4C.
1953 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000CM