A more popular choice of bodywork within the Type 57 range was the Stelvio. This was a 2-door 4-seater cabriolet named after a mountain pass on the Italian side of the Alps. Like the Galibier it was available from the start of the Type 57 in 1934. All Stelvios were delivered on the standard chassis.
The first series of Stelvio factory bodies, like you see on this picture, appeared a bit big and ponderous, though more up to date than the Galibier. A special feature of this body style was that the hood folded down into the bodywork, flush with the boot and the sides of the car. With the top down the lines of the body were not spoiled by a visibly packed hood, but with its own storage compartment beneath the rear seats this construction did appear a bit peculiar.
This Stelvio is of the second series, with revised headlight-treatment. Compared to the first series Stelvio especially the rear appears more elegant and in all it has a more attractive shape.
The third series Stelvio on this picture looks considerably different from the first. It does convey the Type 57 family resemblance but looks modern with its integrated headlights and its sweeping down rear end with almost integrated fenders. The spare wheel was fitted in the boot lid which didn't leave much room for luggage, but sidemounts were available as an option for those who needed the boot space.
Here you see one of the later 3rd series Stelvio versions fitted with the supercharger option. It has a distinctive American look to it with its spare wheels fitted into the front fenders and the conservative headlight arrangement.
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