1977 Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti 1.5 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Affordable Italian classic: Alfasud Ti 1.5, very good all-round condition, rustproofed and registered

The Alfasud was a breakout entry-level small-car for Alfa Romeo, and would go on to become one of the brand’s most successful models with 893,719 examples sold between 1972 and 1983, with a further 121,000 Sprint Coupe offshoots built between 1976 and 1989.

It was the brand’s first front-driver, and by all accounts it was a good one with a reputation as a nimble handler. While many Alfas were known for their line-fours, the Alfasud was fitted with a horizontally-opposed four-cylinder designed in part by Rudolph Hruska who had worked with a bloke named Ferdinand Porsche a few decades earlier.

The Alfasud first appeared on the Australian market in 1974, initially only available in ‘L’ (lusso) trim with the 1186cc motor.

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The sporty Ti model and its five-speed gearbox arrived in 1975.

For all its merits: its driving prowess, good design and technical sophistication - surviving Alfasuds are few and far between these days.

Historically speaking, the Alfasud program was based in Southern Italy to aid unemployment in the region. Industrial unrest meant that the poor Alfasuds weren’t always bolted together particularly well; and compounded with cheap Russian steel and reports of bodyshells left outside – rust was a big killer of these cars, even in a comparatively sympathetic Australian climate. Always buy primarily on body condition.

This 1977 model comes in Ti trim with the big 1.5lt morrow and five-speed manual gearbox. It’s described by the seller to be in very good all-round condition and is offered for sale as they need room in the shed.

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Judging from the few photos attached, the little ‘Sud appears complete and in well-maintained condition. The seller states that the car is currently registered and is rustproofed underneath.

Listed for $8,995 – if the car is solid, this could make for an extremely affordable classic Italian weekender.

The Alfasud is based in Tasmania, you can check out the full listing here!

 

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