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Monday 19 January 2015

1978 ALFA ROMEO ALFASUD - BARONS AUCTION 23-24th February 2015

The Alfa Sud, an "all new" model for Alfa Romeo, was launched in 1972. The Alfasud came only as a four door saloon, however there was a choice of engines which included 1186cc, 1286cc (1977 onwards), 1350cc and 1490cc (from 1978).
The Alfasud developed quite a loyal following and had excellent handling characteristics. Between 1971-1983 over 500,000 Alfasud's were produced, the model was eventually replaced by the Alfa Romeo 33.
It was considered one of Alfa Romeo's most successful models and soon gained a shorter identity among fans as the for  ’Sud.
It was built at a new factory at Pomigliano d'Arco in southern Italy, hence the car's name, Alfa Sud (Alfa South) and developed by Austrian Rudolf Hruschka.

Launched at the Turin Motor Show the car was immediately praised for its styling (by Giorgetto Giugiaro of ItalDesign) and handling. It featured a 1,186 cc boxer engine.

The first production Alfasuds were four-door saloons, with a sporty two-door TI (Turismo Internazionale, or Touring International) model following at the end of 1973.

In 1974, Alfa Romeo launched a more luxurious model the Alfasud SE. The SE was replaced by the 'L' (Lusso) model in 1975. The Lusso model was produced until 1976, by then it was replaced with the new '5M' model, the first four-door Alfasud with a 5 speed gearbox. A three-door station wagon model called the Giardinetta was introduced for the 1975 model year.
Offered here is a 1978 saloon, which has just two registered keepers from the same family and has covered a mere 36,000 miles from new. Originally supplied by Grange Motors of Brentwood, the cars comes complete with virtually all of its receipts, original instruction booklet and service coupons, previous MoT certificates and extensive service history via receipts. The car was treated with Waxoyal when new, which has kept the rust at bay.
The car was owned by a farther and son before being placed into dry storage in 2006, where it remained until it was rescued and recommissioned in late 2014. With a new battery, fresh petrol and clean oil, it started right up. The car has since benefited from recommissioning, a new centre exhaust, new water pump and a service. When the car was MoT tested, it failed on a few minor items, which have now been addressed and there are no advisories on the new MoT.
Described as very usable and sound, this 36,000 mile Alfa Sud is a rare survivor with excellent history
  08454 30-60-60
  023 8066 8413/8409 - Fax  023 8042 8469

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