Re: What cardo I have
From Tim's website:
Alfasud and Sprint were also manufactured in South-Africa. Till 1985 the South African Alfa Romeo SA factory situated in Brits, a rural town 40 km away from Johannesburg, produced a wide range of European Alfa Romeo models made in the seventies and eighties.
The mecanical parts and the drivetrain were delivered from the Italian Alfasud plant in Pomigliano d'Arco. All the rest was made in South Africa. As a consequence the mirrors, hubcaps etc. differ from the European versions.
Apart from the usual Alfasud 1.3, Alfa Romeo SA sold a special edition of the four-door Alfasud 1.3 in 1977.Only 10 top 20 units were made. It was baptised Alfasud Rally. Two Weber 44 IDF twinchoke-downdraft carburettors raised the power output to 64 KW (about 87 bhp). Dim black colour and a lot of sportive extras were standart. The Alfasud Rally had a front air dam and a rear spoiler and the bonnet was painted in dim black. It was delivered with 185/70 tyres on 13" Turbina light alloy wheels. Small Talbot mirrors on the front wings and rubber bonnet catches a card light and special seats with 6-point harness seat belts were standart, too. It was the only South African Alfasud which was sold with the front lights of the (European) Alfasud ti series I.
The Alfasud series III was also produced in Brits and was named Export. Many cars which were offered in South Africa were called Export which should inform the potential buyer that the car was made in Europe, the USA or in Japan. In addition, the (Alfasud) Export was the only car of its class made in South Africa which was good enought to be exported to other countries. In fact, the was no competitior of the Alfa Export which was named Export. The five-door saloon version of the Export got the name Super Hatch 1.5 and resembled the Alfasud 1.5 Quadrifoglio Oro (GCL). When the first Alfa 33s were launched in South Africa in 1984 , Alfa Romeo SA created a special edition of the Export. It was the Export GTA (type 30146) which was only available in a curious brown metallic colour. It had a green Scudetto, a green line running around the waist line othe car and a special rear spoiler which was developped by Autodelta. The Export had the strongest 1.5 litre Boxer-engine available at that time - the 105 bhp one of the European Alfasud 1.5 Ti QV. The interior offered green and black upholstery and a small sport leather steering wheel. Alfa Romeo SA quoted a top speed of 183 kph in fifth. Fuel consumption was stated with 6,3 l / 100 km at a constant speed of 90 kph, 8,2 l / 100 km at a constant speed of 120 kph and 11,4 l / 100 km in town. Unfortunately only very few units were sold.
An Alfasud Ti with round head lights was unknown in South Africa.
The Sprint was also built in Brits. The series III which is known as Sprint 1.5 Quadrifoglio Verde or GCL in Europe was simply called Sprint Mk3 in South Africa. There were no further important differences compared to the European versions. Alfa Romeo SA never adapted the Alfa 33's floorplan and brake system to the Sprint and continued building it with four disc brakes.
Here are some pictures from a normal Alfasud sedan with small boot (series III).This version was made between 1980 - 1982. One of the biggest compared to the previous series are the large plastic bumper instead of chrome ones.
Last edited by alfasud1972; 04-01-09 at 08:30.