1.5 with 108 bhp
There were also Alfasuds in New Zealand (all UK specification)!
Richard Jones bought this pristine series three Ti 1.5 in 1981, but in reality it is a 1980 model. It has no hatchback body and is still equiped with the older and "more functional dashboard", Richard told me.
He has owned the car since it was six months old and he uses it as everyday transport, "a car for the odd sprint or club race etc". Unfortunately it already had an accident (fortunately not a too serious one).
"I have had lots and lots of cars mainly all above average types including many more expensive but my little Sud has always been a particularly "sweet car"- those that have owned many Italian cars will know what I mean. It is one of the best cars I've ever owned and I've probably owned 80 or so.", Richard explains.
Lucky Richard lives in an area where there is only about 60-65 cm of annual rainfall. He says winters are relatively mild with daytime temperatures at least 10° C. No snow also means no salt on the roads. So this is the ideal area for Italian cars! Richard did not only change the wheels against factory alloy wheels from the Sprint 1.7 with 185 / 60 R14 tyres, he also installed a wooden steering wheel (which was once installed in an Alfasud 1.5 QO) and painted the rear spoiler in silver metallic..
In addition, Richard modified the engine with the aim of having an even quicker GT rather than a track racer. Richard had the advantage of turning his interest in Alfas and Lancias into a business and owned a garage where he was able to use a dyno etc. to develop the engine. It now produces 108 bhp at the wheels and is completely untempermental pulling in 5th from 1000 rpm quite cleanly as well as idling smoothly at 900 rpm.
Last Update: May, 27th 2004 Created: November, 20th 2000
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