As I have mentioned in other threads I have been looking for an Alfasud for a few months now.
I have been looking in the whole of Europe after one, as the weather in Denmark and the salt on the roads have been responsible for the death of most of them. At the last count, only 16 were taxed and roadworthy. The Alfasud has a quite strong (perhaps stubborn is a better word!) following in Denmark, however, and several are being imported, or being restored.
Therefore, it is my great joy and pride, to present you to DX 48.571, an original 1975 Danish-from new Alfasud 1.2! As you can see, it has black number plates. These were dicontinued in Denmark after 1975, and can only be retrofitted on originally Danish registered vehicles, and are therefore highly prized. I have yet to see an Alfasud with these, and I suspect that this might be the oldest ‘Sud in the country. Or at least the oldest which is Danish from new. Peter Dyrelund, the recident ‘Sud oracle will undoubtedly know this. He has three ‘Suds, all in top condition
The previous owner, who still has it in his possession, is quite a character (and a true gentleman as well), and has taken care of DX 48.571 to a degree that I can only be ever so thankful of.
- Seat covers fitted from new, the original ones are underneath, unused!
- Not been driven in the winter for 25 years
- Never been driven in bad weather. No, really. Apperantly, every time it looked as if the weather conditions might turn to the worse, he would pay for a rental car and leave the Bella in its locked garage. Therefore, it has covered a measly 104,000 km. in the last 32 years…
- Been subjected to regular professional rust protection, and the owner has, on top of that, every year removed the door trim to spray rust proofing in the doors and other places.
The real funny stuff is all the extra equipment the owner has had installed, most of it from new.
- Rev counter, oil pressure measurer (what’s that in English, a manometer?) and 2-3 other different instruments, installed to monitor the engine, and prevent it from getting strained.
- Fire extinguisher and compressor horn (!)
- Engine kill switch
- Tow bar. Now, some may argue that a tow bar is good when you are going to haul garbage to the dump, but this is in fact a… safety devise. Yes, he had it installed so that of a rear end shunt would occur, the car would be less harmed! It has never even been used, and is even painted in the same colour as the vehicle
- Right side mirror
These safety features aside, DX is also equipped with
- Period radio and 4 speaker system. A cassette player has also been installed, though I don’t know when
- Sports steering wheel (the original is in the boot, complete)
- A Borini sports exhaust… Or, more likely, a Borini muffler
- A trunk full of spares…
- …And a Wunderbaum!
The owner bought it June 2nd, where it was one of three of this model in the country, one in the North of Jutland, one in Copenhagen, and this in Vejle. I guess that the reason for this special offer was the introduction of the 5 speed model, this is a 4 speed.
I cannot tell you how awful I have felt since I bought this car. I am currently in Australia and therefore some 16,000 km. away from her. Oh, how I long for going home! Alas, I have to wait until May 24th to see her, and I suspect that the 24-hour flight home will feel very long indeed!
Until I get to see her, the previous owner will look after her, and MoT her as well (providing the weather conditions are good enough for letting her out of the garage on the day), and has even booked an appointment in an Alfa workshop, to fix the right-side front window winder, which is going a bit sluggish!
He, and his cousin who are helping him arranging the sale, has been immensely pleasant to do business with, and the perfect gentlemen as well. Also, without Jørgen, who looked it over for me, I would never have bought it.
Let me know what you think!
EDIT: Well, this bloody attachment system is NOT working
I would have liked to show pictures, but alas...