Alfasud Ti 1.5 QV
The Alfasud Ti 1.5 QV you
can see on this page is propably the dream of every Alfasud enthusiast and
collector. It was sold new in 1984 by Yorke Motors Alfa Romeo in Adelaide,
Australia. Alfa Romeo Australia
Marc, its new owner lives in Sydney which is a 90 minutes flight away from Adelaide. When Marc got to know from this Alfasud he sent a friend who lives in Adelaide - also an Alfa fanatic - to look at the Alfasud for him. It was the find of the century and Marc bought it at once. The car was shipped in a sealed container to Sydney, and was taken to Spencer Rice Engineering in Artarmon, a suburb in inner-Sydney. Spencer - an Englishman - is an Alfa Romeo specialist. Spencer was briefed to survey the entire car and to replace anything that needed replacing. But there was a challenge - Marc only wanted him to use genuine Alfa Romeo parts, which are becoming more and more scarce. Spencer accepted, and two months and $ 4000 Australian Dollars later the car came back to Marc. The paint was cleaned, polished and waxed. New coats of wax are applied regularly. Silicon spray keeps the black exterior trim protected. The car is driven regularly, but sparingly. It is kept under a car cover in an underground garage and serviced every six months. Marc does not need the Alfasud as daily driver because he also owns a Sterling Grey Alfa 147 GTA.
After the car was made ready for use by
Spencer, Marc searched for an insurance for the car. The insurance company wanted
to value it because they didn't think it was worth what Marc said. The average
Alfasud in Australia is worth between $500 and $1500 Australian Dollars. When
they valued it, they said UBF 006 was worth even more than Marc thought, and
valued the car at more than its original purchase price in 1984 of $13,990
Marc wants to buy a second set of wheels, have them restored, and put some new tyres on them so he can keep the original ones for when he shows the car. Being a member of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club of Australia Marc showed the car during the annual Concours event in 2003, called the "Concorso d'Eleganza" (remember the Villa d'Este in Cernobbio...). He put it in the 'Show and Shine' category for Suds, Sprints and 33s. It won! That's the only time the car has been shown till 2005. It turned out people thought the car was so good that it should have been in the actual Concours, not just the Show and Shine. Marc will probably put it in that category when he will show the car again, probably in 2006.
Marc worked as the National Marketing
Manager of Alfa Romeo a couple of years ago - "I'm really passionate about them
and want more people to discover how good they are... ", Marc tells.
Last Update: December, 22nd 2005 Created: December, 22nd 2005
© Layout and text by Tim Rauen. Photos by Marc Burns.