Fantastic to see such a complete and original early Sud saloon.
The Sud L (Lusso or Luxury) was introduced in 1975 and was the first Sud 4 door to receive a new facia design, upgraded interior finish, over riders on the bumpers, extra stainless steel bright work on the sills and top edge of the rear wings and boot lid and additional paint colours including metallics for the first time on the saloons.
The model was Alfa's first attempt at moving the Sud saloon significantly upmarket to increase profitability as they were losing money heavily on the Sud project. The Sud Giardinetta estate model was also introduced in 1975. The L was produced alongside the basic N model, the Giardinetta and the Ti all with 1186 cc engines.
The 1975 models featured stainless steel centre caps and exposed wheel bolts for the first time instead of the full size stainless steel hub caps seen on Sud saloons from launch in 1972 up until 1974. This sporty looking design continuing through the 5M and Super models up until the series 2 saloons arrived in 1980 with the slotted wheel design.
Mechanically the L was the same as the previous Sud saloons with 1186 cc 63 bhp engine and 4 speed gearbox. The model still had the original straight rear exhaust outlet with a cut out in the rear valence. This was changed half way through the production of the 5M in 1977 when the cut out disappeared and the exhaust featured a right angle bend just before the end of the tailpipe. It seems the introduction of the Sprint in 1976 was the reason for the change in the exhaust design across the Sud range. The L was produced until late 1976 when the 5M arrived to replace it.
The 5M was essentially the L with the Ti's 5 speed gearbox added. The 5M continued until late 1977 when it was replaced by the Sud Super series cars which moved the model even more upmarket with further trim and mechanical enhancements including 1286 then 1351 and 1490 cc engines all with 5 speed gearboxes.
Very few Sud L's exist in the UK as they were only sold here for approx. 15 months before the 5M superseded the model. In Italy you do see them come up for sale and good ones seem to go for around Euro 4,500.
Many parts are common to the early Sud saloons, the 5M and also the Sud Super series cars. Mechanical parts should not be too difficult if you are prepared to hunt around and watch EBay. Trim parts are harder though not impossible. Even parts such as the fragile door trim panels turn up at times.
I would suggest contacting Peter Grummitt at Alfasud-parts.co.uk for advice and parts.
Last edited by toninut; 17-12-12 at 15:06.