Fabio's Alfasud 1.2 SC 5-porte
Another well preserved series III
Alfasud. This one is in the property of Fabio Rombolą from Italy. Fabio has been
infected with the "Virus Alfasud"
in 1979 when he was two
years old. His parents decided to change their Fiat
128 against a car which should be more convenient for
a young family. They bought an
Alfasud Super made in 1978
and painted in Rosso Alfa. Fabio loved to be driven with this Alfasud. He even
slept in it on longer journeys. In 1989 his
father decided to change the Alfasud Super against a
Marone Testa Di Moro (brown) Alfasud series III made in 1980 which then joined the family for
another four years. Fabio never forgot the two
Alfasuds. He wanted to have one when he would be old enough to afford and drive
one, he tells.
opportunity came in 2009, when he found this
Grigio Nisida Metallic 1.2 SC made in 1983 while he was surfing through the
internet. The photos on the internet did not give the impression of very well
maintained car. In order not to buy a wreck, Fabio went to Foligno in
Umbria to have a closer look at the car - which was a
good decision because the car was really well maintained and only needed few
work to be really good. It had only covered
85.000 km and was actually in a quite good condition. Mechanically there were no problems.
The timing belts, brakes and tires had even recently been replaced. After the
previous owner had died, the
owner's son decided to try to sell the car
instead of demolishing it.
The body did not show one spot of rust but there were some dents and the paint
needed a polish. The price was fair and so Fabio bought it.
having taken the Alfasud to his home, Fabio started working on it. He
quickly repaired the dents and
polished the the entire body. Then he replaced the original rear seats
against the leather / alcantara trimmed one of a 33
Imola he found on a nearby scrapyard and had
equally designed trim made for the front seats.
After that he installed a right mirror and the
rear spoiler of a series III Alfasud Ti, replaced the
steering wheel against that of a Ti and added the
little gauges in the the centre console he also took out of a Ti.
Fabio does not use his Alfasud as daily
driver. He lives in Torino where cars without catalyst can no longer be used. So
the Alfasud is his weekend car for touring around.
Fabio enjoys driving his Alfasud. "The road holding and the
maximum speed have nothing to envy to the most modern machines, and the noise of
his Boxer brings me back to when I was a kid",
Last Update: February, 19th 2011
Created: February, 19th 2011
© Layout and text by Tim Rauen. Photos by Fabio