Steve Butler from London owns the silver Alfasud 5m you can see on the photos. The car was built in 1977 and had only rolled 28.000 miles when Steve bought it in 2002. Till June 2005 Steve has added another 4.000
miles. There are only two previous owners (both of the same family).When the Alfasud first came out Steve was interested in it, but was not in the financial position to afford one new. Then the rust problems were coming to the surface (literally), so he decided against the Alfasud.
About three years ago he
was talking to the mechanic who services
modern Volvo. The mechanic
mentioned that he had an Alfasud for sale on his forecourt and that a chap from
Iceland, of all places, was coming over to view the car.
re-awaked to the Alfasud.
had the car for sale at £699. Steve
offered £600 and
In order to avoid new rust, Steve glued the stainless steel trim back onto the door sills and the boot lid.
In 2004 Steve found another Alfasud whose interior was in a much better condition than the one of his silver 5m. So he swapped the door trims and carpets over to his 5m. Steve has also found a full set of steel wheels that have never been used. He plans to fit them soon. There are already plans for 2006: Steve wants to paint the inner wings in silver and plans to underseal the floor plan. Then, the service compartment under the bonnet shall be repainted and the seats will be reupholstered.
Steve has kept the car as original as possible. In the Uk there are many series II and series III (mostly two-door variants). Series I Alfasuds with four doors have become very rare. In December 2004 Steve's work was rewarded with an article about his car in the British Classic and Sports Car magazine.
Last Update: September, 21st 2005 Created: September, 21st 2005
© Layout and text by Tim Rauen. Photos by Steve Butler.