AUTOart’s Signature Series Alfa Romeo Tipo 33TT12 demonstrates something close to detail overload in the sub-$500 category. For one thing, this model of the Derek Bell / Henri Pescarolo-piloted winner of the 1975 1000Km at Spa is a true high-ender: delicate, multi-paneled, and spidery, the car comes in a clamshell package that had us a little challenged at first; once we got past the screw-and-strap securing hardware, the car’s mind-bending (for the price) feature list had us remembering some of our favorite scale rides from makers who once defined the upper reaches of the scale. We won’t get into the car’s impressive feature list, here — Bill Bennett does a fine job of that while reviewing this model’s sister release, the ’75 Monza winner, in this issue — but we will tell you this: even the included hardware and tools — a real set of tweezers (no cheapo punched-and-folded steel, here — these are beautician grade), a chromed lug wrench for the removable wheels, an extra locking nut, and even a bag full of tiny spare “rivets,” lest you lose a couple of the delicate pieces during handling — is top-shelf quality. Is this AUTOart’s finest release yet? Quite possibly, yes. – Joe Kelly, Jr.
1:18 | $329.99