Just like to say hello and introduce my '78 Alfasud 1.3 Super. It's the exact model and colour of Alfasud I've always wanted. To be honest it has taken a lot of work to get this far and I did consider jacking it in at times but I just couldn't let it go. The body is nearly finished, it just needs a bit of tidying up here and there. There was a lot of rust in the usual areas, bulkhead, rear valance, arches etc but that's now sorted with replacement panels welded in where necessary. The outer bolt on panels were perfect. I wanted the Ti rear spoiler removed which the bodyshop never did, despite having told them about 5 or 6 times which I'm not too happy about. At this stage though I'm just glad to have it back. The mechanicals are next. It really only needs a good service but I'm replacing everything I can like the filters, oils, belts, ignition components, discs, pads, cables etc. The car has only 69000 miles up, and most of those were done in the 80's. I have a load of history with the car from '78 up to about '88-'89. I presume it was stored at this point until around 2000 where I notice it was used in a few buyers guides in classic car magazines. It was imported into Ireland in 2005 and when I bought it in 2011 it was in a bit of a state. Does anybody recognise it from it's years in the UK? Apologies for the crappy phone camera photo but it's all I have to hand at the moment!
Welcome mate, nice looking series 1
Stick some more pics up when you get chance.....
So what was the Reg no. of the car when it was in the UK? someone might know the car & be able to give you some more history maybe.... I traced the previous owners with the DVLA for my series 1 and a previous owner found me a load of paperwork for the car when he owned it many years before! Apparently mine was also featured in the AROC magazine in the early nineties but so far I have been unable to find this. You say your car had corrosion in the bulkhead... was it the upper section (battery tray area) or lower down where the steering rack mounts (where mine has major issues that need dealing with).
Cheers vecchioalfa. The UK reg no was AGW682T and it was in the UK from new until 2005. The first owner was from Ealing and he kept the car for many years. I have loads of receipts from the 80's from places like Alfista Special Developments (who I assume are long gone now). The last UK owners seem to be from the Huddersfield area.
The bulkhead rust was thankfully mostly confined to the upper section. It was repaired using a section of bulkhead from a scrap shell which, oddly enough, had a sound bulkhead. I'll get some more pics up when I get a chance to get them off my other laptop.
Yeah, I think they were a specialist rather than a main dealer. They were located in Middlesex. There are also receipts from a company called the Lombarda Carriage Company? Langs of Plymouth are another. They were a Honda/DAF/Lada/Alfa dealer
So is this a series 1 or 2 car? I can see the post '77 rear valance and series 2 rear spoiler/bumpers but as its a 1978 it still could have some series 1 bits on it like the dash, some cars around 1978 can be what I call a series 1 1/2.
I had a Ti on a 't' plate 1979 donkeys years ago (so was original) and I remember it had a series 1 dash, but series 2 bumpers, and a mixture of other series 1 & 2 items
It's a Series 2 car. It's the very same spec and colour as the one from the Series 2 Super brochure. At some stage someone has added the extra gauges from a Series 2 Ti which are nice to have. I'm not keen on the rear spoiler though. I think it looks wrong on the 4 door shell.
That's good to know. It's great to find out anything about the history of the car. Would a lot of the dealers have lost their franchises after the Fiat takeover? I remember the dealership near where I grew up became a Toyota dealer in the mid 80's which is still there today.
Importation was handled by Alfa in Edgware Road in 70s/ early eighties, before passing to TKM in Dover (also importers of Daihatsu), before Fiat brought it back in-house at Slough.
There were many dealer changes over this time, with some Daihatsu dealers taking on Alfa and then dropping it again a few years later, and then Fiat tried to make dual Fiat and Alfa dealers which many of the smaller loyal Alfa dealers either couldn't or wouldn't do, so were forced out, and then Fiat wanted to go more upmarket, and so more were forced out.
I guess the Daihatsu dealers weren't missed but many others clung on as independant specialists.
Mangoletsi are longest served (that's not a recommendation) but I believe there was a time, probably early nineties when they were the only dealer in the network that had been a dealer only 5 years before, such was the turnover.
Hi, Thanks for the welcome everyone. The colour seems to have a popular choice when new. Shame so few have survived. The wheels are magnesium Momos, 6x13 with the standard 165/70/13 tyres. There is a full set of 5 with the car and I believe they are on the car from new or at least soon after. Does anybody else have one have a sud this colour now?