ive got experience of 33's, suds and sprints, and still have a series 3 16v 33 cloverleaf, and down to one sud now, and can confidently say that i love both, and believe they are equally brilliant,
i really do love the principals and the effects of the inboard brake design of the sud, it does work, but the added complication and unreliability of the front handbrake arrangement makes an otherwise brilliant idea, just less than perfect, so the 33 scores some points back there with the later more modern approach, but at the detriment of the handling built into the sud as a result.
i also adore the suds simplicity, yet complete effectiveness at being a great handling package, with the slightest of old skool ease and approach, they can become awesome, and the 33 is again not far behind, so not a lot between them really.
i have to hand it to the 33 in terms of straight line speed, but this is purely down to the arrival of the 1712cc motors, in particular the 16v with over 130bhp on tap, but that simply begs the question,
how about a sud with all the original character but with 16v motor, surely thats the winning recipe?
well i hope so, cos its what i'm doing! ha ha!
the 33 is very nicely civilised though too, and they drive really well in my opinion, and with the addition of things such as power steering, and a handbrake you dare use without fear of locking on after 2 notches, they are probably an easier car to live with daily, but thats not to slate the suds to any great length if you don't mind a little spanner work, they aren't an issue really.
as for the rust and rot issues, well, by the time the 33 came along, Alfa were trying to improve things, and succeeded too,
to a point!
jacking points, sills, inner wings, floors, seams, filler cap area's, rear valance, were still weakness on even the last 33's, so to be honest you buy them in a very similar fashion to a 10 year older sud/sprint.
suds, and sprints, are gorgeous cars, not a bad angle on them, 33's, in particular the series 3, well, they are a bit of a marmite car i think, love them or loath them!
some people struggle to find an attractive side to them, being very angular, the lean forward headlamps yet cut back bumper is odd for sure, but, i love them, and the peculiarity just adds to their interest in my opinion, and i'm glad they are not everyones cup of tea!
a series 2 Veloce 33, is a thing of beauty i reckon, and every bit as good looking as suds and sprints, and so i think it is usually the series 3 that stirs the uncertainty in most folks eyes.
finally, sharing the same boxer engine design is a pure winner for both of them, they both sound great and perform very well for their size, and spares and parts are pretty readily available for all of them, possibly sprints are the least supported for internal and external body and trim parts, but mechanically they are all well catered for.
so pro's and con's, i'm not sure i've answered that effectively mate, sorry, but that is my slant on them,
i have to admit that i'm a modified over concours man myself, so always looking to improve on things where reasonably possible, so whether that has any bearing on my views i'm not sure, as both my cars will be as good as i make them, not neccessarily as Alfa intended them to be,
have i helped at all jt?
all the best
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