The Alfa Romeo 158/159 Alfetta race cars raced in 54 Grand Prix races and won 47 of them, making them some of the most successful vehicles to ever hit a track. Orazio Satta Puliga, born on this day in 1910, had just joined Alfa Romeo in 1938 when he was put to work as a designer on this revolutionary race car. Equipped with a 1.5 liter straight 8 supercharged engine, the car was originally developed for the pre-World War II voiturette formula series. With the end of World War II came the new Formula One series, introduced in 1947. This car would go on to dominate the first two seasons.
Throughout Orazio’s career he would be responsible for numerous other Alfa Romeo designs. His efforts are reflected in the 1900, Giulietta and Giulia, among many others. Orazio would be promoted to central director in 1951 and then serve as general vice president of Alfa Romeo between 1969 and 1973, at which time he retired.