|Colours and Fabrics
Unfortunately it is quite difficult to get in the property of colour cards for the series I Alfasud and Sprint. In addition many of the available cards don not give information about whether one colour was available for one model only or the entire Alfasud range. Please note that the colours shown here can never give the true tone and brilliance as a real paint can do.
Giardinetta and ti (series I)
After the launch of the Alfasud in 1972 the choice of colours was very small. Besides the classic Rosso Alfa there were two tones of blue, Blu Procida and Blu Posillipo, Beige Ponza, Verde Ischia, Grigio Vesuvio and Bianco Capodimonte. All colours except Rosso Alfa bear the names of places in Italy. Posillipo is a little town at the coast near Naples; Ponza, Procida and Ischia are islands in the Golf of Naples and Capodimonte is a town at the Lago di Bolsena north of Rome. Grigio Vesuvio bears the name of Naples volcano Vesuv. Since about 1975 the range of colours gets wider and more colourful.
Alfasud Super, Giardinetta and ti (series II)
Alfasud and Alfasud Ti (series III)
With the launch of the series III in 1980 Alfa Romeo introduced a reworked range of colours. The bright colours of the Seventies disappeared in favour of more decent colours. The names also changed. Now the name of the colour described the colour itself. (But who in the world would name a colour head of a coloured person? In France it was even called Tête de négre... ) The Alfasud 1.5 QO / GCL was offered with three different tones of metallic paint as standard equipment: Grigio Nisida, Verde Aqua and Cuivre (copper). Some GCLs were also sold in Rosso Alfa.
The Alfasud Ti 1.5 QV was only available in very few colours: Rosso Alfa, Nero and as optional in Grigio Nisida metallizzato. This starts a tradition. Top of the range cars of one model were from now on often only available in three colours. (Remember the ARNA 1.3 Ti and the 164 3.0 V6 QV). The Alfasud Ti 1.3 was available in the metallic paints of the Alfasud 1.5 QO from 1982 on.
Alfasud Sprint series I / II
Sprint series III
Buyers of the Sprint 1.5 QV could only chose between the colours Rosso Alfa, Bianco Capodimonte, Nero and Grigio Nisida metallizzato while the Sprint 1.3 was available in further metallic colours (coming from the range of colours of the Alfasud series III) in the beginning of its career.
With the launch of the Sprint 1.7 QV three colours remain in the range: Rosso Alfa, Nero and the new tone Bianco Argento metallizzato.
Last Update: May, 30th 2010 Created: July, 25th 2000
© Layout and text by Tim Rauen. Many thanks to Rody Bal for supporting this page with a scan of colour card for the Alfasud series I!