Leonardo's Alfasud 1.2 4-porte
The very original and
well preserved Alfasud 1.2 5m 4-door series III on this page is in the property
of the Italian Leonardo Olivari. Original and unmodified series III Alfasuds
have become very rare - even in Italy. Especially when it is a 1.2 litre version
which is certainly not the most powerful way to enjoy an Alfasud.
bought this Alfasud when he was looking for a car which should have a maximum
length of four metres. The garage he owns is too short for cars longer than four
metres. Parking his Alfetta 2.0, "The last of the true Alfas I had", Leonardo
says had always been a problem... Leonardo ís a member of the Italian Alfaclub
"Alfissima" which focuses on the Alfa range of the Seventies, Eighties and the
non-Fiat Alfas of the early Nineties. The youngest models accepted in this club
are the 75 and the 33 series 907.
There was nearly no rust, except minor spots under the wheel arches, repainted not recently. The interior showed no traces of use. Only the door panels needed some attention because the velours on them had gone out of its glued, a quite common problem in Alfa's 1970s production. As usual, the black and grey colour of the bumpers had faded and needed to be repainted.
There was a second person, another Alfissima member who was interested in the Alfasud but at the end Leonardo bought the car for a very fair price. He had to replace a rubber seal on the front right brake caliper which was leaking. No further work was necessary to make a relieable driver out of this Alfasud! Leonardo then used it for going to Alfissima meetings or just for the pleasure of driving it. After his daily transport, an Alfa 147 failed, Leonardo started using the Alfasud as a daily driver. The speedometre showed 61.000 km when he bought the Alfasud. For a car made in the early Eighties the car runs very well, Leonardo says. Still today it replaces as daily driver an Alfa 147 (not the same which caused trouble in 2006) he owns today when it faults. In addition to the brake job, Leonardo gave the bumpers a two-tone respray in order to give them their original appearance back.
In 2006 Leonardo took his Alfasud to the first annual classic car meeting organized on Alfa Romeo's famous Balocco race- and testtrack by the Italian car classic magazine “Automobilismo d’Epoca” and to other various Alfissima meetings. During one of these meetings he met Mr. Domenico Chirico, the engineer who developped the Alfasud's Boxer engine.
to maintain it original, Leonardo did only very few (and “vintage”)
modifications. He replaced the plastic steering wheel against the one of a
series III Alfasud Ti and added the gauges for water temperature and oil
pressure taken out of a series III Ti. A right outside rear mirror, a Vitaloni
just as the original left side, improves visibility for the driver.
Leonardo's fine Alfasud is registered at the famous RIAR (Registro Italiano Alfa Romeo).
Visit Alfissima's very interesting website at www.arocalfissima.com and enjoy some very nice videos and a gallery full of fine Alfas.
Last Update: February, 25th 2009 Created: February, 25th 2009
© Layout and text by Tim Rauen. Photos by Leonardo Olivari.