The five-door hatchback of the golf class Alfa Romeo 33 got on the conveyor belt in 1983. The car was designed on the upgraded platform of its predecessor, the Alfa Romeo Alfasud model.
In 1983, the car had a version with four-wheel drive, and in 1984 the lineup was replenished with a station wagon, both of which were produced by Pininfarina.
The Alfa Romeo 33 was equipped with petrol-powered engines 1.2, 1.4 and 1.5 (68-105 hp) in combination with a five-speed manual gearbox. Among the features of the design of the machine can be noted the instrument panel, adjustable together with the steering column, made of plastic hood, low coefficient of aerodynamic resistance.
In 1986, a small modernization of the model was carried out. The exterior of the car remained unchanged, but in the range of powertrains appeared a new gasoline engine with a volume of 1.7 liters (105-118 hp) and a three-cylinder turbodiesel VM Motori 1.8 with a capacity of 73 liters. from. In 1988, 1,7-liter engines received fuel injection.
As a result of the restyling of 1990, Alfa Romeo 33 received a more modern design, a new interior, modernized engines with fuel injection, and the most powerful version of the 1.7 engine now developed 137 forces.
Production of this car continued until 1995, replaced by models 145 and 146. Among the competitors of the "thirty-third" were cars such as Ford Escort, Opel Kadett, Peugeot 309 or Volkswagen Golf.
For eleven years, 989,324 copies of the Alfa Romeo 33 were produced, which made it the best-selling model in the history of the brand.