Bergrath-family and their Boxer-collection
Beate Bergrath, her brother Benno and her father collect Alfasuds, Sprints and 33s like other people collect miniature modell-cars.
Beate: "Everything started when the ex-boyfriend of my sister (today she drives a 33 16V) wanted to buy a 1979 Alfasud Sprint. The boyfriend and Benno went together to have a look at the offered Alfasud Sprint. But it was not the boyfriend who finally bought the car, it was Benno who could not resist the charme of an Alfasud Sprint. This happened in March 1991. The car's interior looked brand-new, grey velours, 83 bhp, only one pre-owner, the car painted in Alfa-red. What more did you want? Well, maybe a car where you can not see the roof when lying under thee car... At that time we had no knowledge about Alfasuds...and did not now all the weak and rusty points. The beautiful shape was enough. So there was a lot to do. Benno could not afford a complete restoration and so my father bought the car. We gave it to a company to repair all the rusty sheets of metal, but when the car came back, a lot of incorrect work was done. Unfortunately the Bergraths sold their first Alfasud Sprint. After Benno could not use the 1979 Alfasud Sprint, he bought another Alfa. In the summer of 1991 he found a red Sprint QV. It was built in 1983 and was originally sold in the Netherlands. One of the pre-owners had already done a lot of repair-work. The car was painted it in a BMW-red, "self-made by the preowner and not that bad! But he had not painted the entire body: when you open the bonnet, you see that car was originally painted silver. The engine was the original one with 105 bhp," Beate tells. This Sprint was much too good to be used every day and so Benno needed a car for the winter. He found a 1980 Sprint with sun-roof. Later on, it was sold again, "something which nobody would do anymore today!", Beate says. The next Alfasud, was an Alfasud 1.3 series III. It was father Bergrath who bought it. Beate: "My former boyfriend was interested in an Alfasud he had found in the Netherlands and went to the Netherlands together with my father to look at it. But again it was not my boyfriend but my father who bought AC-AR 218. Actually the car is a really nice one - in very good condition. Presumably it had been polished everytime after the owner had washed it. So the black paint is not that thick anymore.But the car still wears its first paint. That happend in summer 1994. The car was disassembled and some work was done before it was used. It is a 1983 Alfasud 1.3 SC. It had the 83 bhp engine and ran really good - till the day when we noticed that our two 83 bhp cars were stated with different top-speeds. So we had to test which one was the faster. The result was a big black cloud coming out of the exhaust of AC-AR 218. Meanwhile it has a 105 bhp engine. If you once see a black
"At that time we had installed a 75 bhp engine (1.3 litre) which quickly was exchanged against the 83 bhp engine of the 1979er Alfasud Sprint - the engine was not sold with the car. The 1.5 QO still has that engine today. When we prepared the 1.5 QO for the winter, the speedometre didn't want to work. We needed a new little spring. My father bought it at the local Alfa-dealer. A red Sprint QV was for sale there and so my father bought the speedo-spare and the Sprint." Why not? Beate's father still did not have a Sprint. It is a 1987 Sprint QV (AC-AR 875). It already has the Alfa 33 floor-plan with rear drum-brakes. Fortunately that Sprint had passed most of its life in the sunny and dry Spain and had therefor been well conserved. And the best: it only made few kilometres. Number five of the already existing Alfas, was a further Alfasud 1.5 QO made in 1983 (AC-CV 223). "Actually the car came from a person who wanted to buy the 1979 Alfasud Sprint. It still has its frist engine which has made more than 200.000 km." Alfasuds had become rather rare in Germany. So the next purchase was an Alfa 33. Benno bought a blue 986 33 1.5 (AC-AR 414) which originally had 90 bhp. The first engine needed a new piston some time after Benno had boughtthe car and so he exchanged the damaged engine against a 95 bhp Alfasud engine which now has made more than 220.000 km without problems. Maybe because it has a long-transmission-gearbox which makes this 33 a good motorway runner. After everybody had a Sprint but Beate, she als wanted to have one and bought AC-AR 473"Now everybody had an Alfasud and a Sprint. When we saw AC-AR 473 it stood outside a box in which it had slept the last three years. Some time before we visited it, it was rolled out of this box because the owner needed the room. The engine didn't want to start, which turned out to be defect ignition-lock. After we had maintained and repaired it, it looked pretty good again. This Sprint hadn't done many kilometres and originally was sold in Switzerland. Cars made for Australia, Sweden and
The next Alfa, the Bergraths bought was again an Alfa 33 - in detail a 33 1.7 QV with 114 bhp made in 1987 (AC-AR 713). Benno bought it. "Now he had two 33s - and one of them had to go. So I bought the blue one (AC-AR 414). The other, the 33 QV was cheap, had a damaged camshaft and <<something at the rearaxle was said to be not ok>>. That <<something>> turned out to be a brake pad, which was so thin that it had left its position and now flew through the brakedrum. Meanwhile the 33 QV has passed the 300.000 km mark", Beate tells.
Then Bergraths bought an Alfa 33 Sport Wagon 1.7 QV 4x4 (AC-AR 424): "It must have stood on the dealer's yard when my brother had bought the 33 QV. The advantage of the Sport Wagon was the the three-way catalyst and so my father bought it. It has 105 bhp and was built in 1989. Meanwhile it is not that easy to get spare parts for the car because there were not many 4x4 33s here. But it's a good car and has passed the 200.000 km mark a short time ago." The result of the last shopping tour was a 1990 33 16V QV (AC-AR 714). Beate: "It came from the same Alfa-dealer as most of the others. My father and my brother were driving arround with the 33 QV, saw the car, bought it and came home with two cars. I can tell you that the 16V can not run away the 1.7 QV when you accelerate both to the max. The 16V only has a higher topseed. Of course - it has more horses under the bonnet."All the cars are as original as possible. Except that some of them run with their second engine. Some of them are used every day. "I always fear that I would not drive my cars
When this page was written, the Bergraths had 12 Alfas. Six Alfa 33, three Alfasuds and three Sprints.
Last Update: May, 27th 2004 Created: December, 1st 2002
© Layout by and text Tim Rauen. Photos by Beate Bergrath.