For a long time it was quite
difficult to get a good Alfasud scale model.
The only option was to buy one of the 1/43 or 1/24 toy models made by the
Italian toy company Mebetoys (in the property of Mattel for many
Die-cast Alfasud toy-models made by Mebetoys (Mattel)
The Mebetoys Alfasuds are toys made in the seventies. So do not expect a high quality. Three different versions were available: four-door Alfasud series I, four-door Alfasud series I with ti-headlights and rear ti air-dam and four-door Alfasud series I in the look of a Trofeo Alfasud ti racer with huge wheelarch-extensions and decals.
The front doors can be opened. The backrests of the front seats can be folded to the front. All versions have a chromed three-spoke sport steering wheel. The four-door Alfasud was available both with rubber tyres and later on with solid plastic wheels.
One could buy it in many different versions (e.g. as Carabinieri or "Vacanze Mare" with a boat on the car's roof). The four-door Alfasud with ti-look was available in red or green. The one displayed on the photo is not in its original condition anymore. Instead of the black centre of the bonnet there should be a sticker. The "civilian" four-door Alfasud has the article number A 56 engraved on the flooplan, the ti-look version has the
number A 90 and the Trofeo version has the number A 97. Then there was a die-cast model of the Series I / II Alfasud Sprint. The doors can be opened. There is the same chromed steering wheel as in the Alfasuds described above. The Sprint on these photos was embellished with some paint. Unfortunately this model already rolls on the cheap plastic wheels. With a little luck you will find all four Mebetoys cars on fairs or in the internet.
Die-cast Alfasud ti by Polistil
The Italian toy car producer Polistil also offered a very simple Alfasud in the seventies and eighties. It is a two-door series I Alfasud ti
Die-cast Alfasud ti Trofeo Alfasud by Solido
The french toy producer Solido sold a very solid Alfasud ti Trofeo Alfasud race car in the seventies and eighties. There is an uncountable number of different colours and decals. A civilian version without decals was available, too. You could buy your Solido modell as kit (the body was already painted) or as already built car. Although the Solido Alfasud is a toy modell it can convince with a well-proportioned body. There is even a roll cage in the interior. Only the wheels are much too small for the large wheel arches.
At the end, you could buy this Alfasud in a blister pack sold under the "Cougar" label. The wheels of the "Cougar" modells are very cheap and simple plastic wheels. The Solido-Alfasud is the ideal base for a good-looking miniature. You only have to change the small wheels against wider ones and add some colour. There is still a large quantity of used modells available on fairs and in the internet.
Alfasud 5m by Heller
The Alfasud 5m made by the French company Heller is a plastic kit. It was sold in big stores in the seventies. Heller managed to design a very good miniature which was both, easy to build and cheap. This model can stand the comparison with the very expensive Alezan kits made of Resin. Concerning the quality of the used material it is even better than a Alezan kit.
The body shows fine details and the interior is nearly perfect. Even a (simple) model of the engine is included in the kit. One should not glue it to the floorplan of the model because neither the doors nor the bonnet can be opened. The only thing one could miss are tyres made of rubber. To find a new and not yet built Alfasud 5m will take some time and endurance. Having been the only good and affordable Alfasud miniature, all the Alfa model collectors tried to get one for their collection.
Alfasud Sprint and Sprint by Alezan
The French miniature producer Alezan offers different Resin-kits they produce in small numbers. They can be only recommended for skilled professionals who have already some experience in model-building. If you want to build such a kit, you have to have an airbrush system and some other machines. The kits are delievered unpainted and sometimes the body shape (especially the roof) is a bit out of shape. A yery thin one-part plastic film has to be cut into several parts to make windows out of it. Unfortunealy they often do not really fit to the shape of the body.
Alezan offers the following list of version: Alfasud Sprint, Sprint 1.5 QV, Sprint 1.7 QV and Sprint 1.5 QV Rallye Monte Carlo 1985. The kits consist of a one-part floorplan and interior, a body (including the bumpers), a bag of metal and plastic parts (wheels, mirrors, steering wheels, tyres, etc.) and the already mentioned plastic film. Before you can paint the body, you have to cut out the windows. Then you should check the shape of the roof, sometimes you even have to form it with the help of warm air. But do not worry, ready-built miniatures are also available - in exchange against a bigger amount of money...
Alfasud, Alfasud ti and Alfasud Sprint by Minichamps
Minichamps presented a die-cast Alfasud miniature some years ago. It could not really convince the Alfasud enthusiast because the Minichamps people had built a phantasy two-door Alfasud out of an 1:1 scale Alfasud ti they had got to get the requested data. A two-door Alfasud L was the result - a car that had never been built by Alfa Romeo. Alfa Romeo had only built a two-door Alfasud prototype with the trim and equipment of the very first Alfasuds. It was made before the official launch of the four-door Alfasud and never went into
production in favour of the Alfasud ti which was launched one year later. In 2003 Minichamps presented a series I Alfasud ti. This miniature is worth its money: Fine decals, a detailed body, a detailed floorplan with chromed exhaust pipe, a bi-colour interior and fragile mirrors justify the price of about 25 EUR. The miniature was available in Rosso Alfa (red), Verde Matese (green) and Grigio Nisida metallizzato (silver metallic) and was meanwhile sold out (2015).
2011 saw the launch of an Alfasud Sprint series I. Until now (2015) it was only available in Rosso Alfa (red) and in a limited number of 1.632 pieces. The miniature was a very good reproduction of the Sprint.
Alfasud ti by Edison
Since 2007 Edison produces some Alfa Romeos of the Seventies in 1:43 scale. They acutally resemble the already existing Minichamps miniatures (Alfetta GTV 2000, Alfetta Carabinieri and Alfasud ti).
One has the impression that the Edison miniatures could be well-made copies. The quality of the Edison minatures does not reach the high level of perfection of a Minichamps miniature but was rather cheap (about 10,00 EUR). A Minichamps miniature is a least thrice as expensive as the Edision miniature. There are some small differences between the Minichamps and the Edision version of the Alfasud ti. The Edison ti comes with only one black rectangular mirror, while the Minichamps-ti has two round, chromed door mirrors. The interior of the Edison ti is kept completely black while the Minichamps interior is painted in the classic two-tone grey / black we all know from the press release photos.
Alfasud Giardinetta by Neo
Even the rarest version of the Alfasud is meanwhile available as ready-built scale model in 1/43. Until about 2015 a resine kit from Gamma was the only Alfasud miniature. Meanwhile the Dutch company Neo offers this plastic 1/43 miniature. The shape of the Giardinetta miniature is not 100 % perfect.
The rear seems to be a bit too boxy and most of the front bumpers are totall bent. But the interior shows many fine details, e.g. the boot in wood optics. The mininiature is only available in green (verde matese) although some photos of a rosso corallo painted version could be found in the internet. Until now (2017) a second colour wasn't realized.
Alfasud ti Trofeo and Sprint Trofeo by Fabbri Edicola
Since 2005 Fabbri Edicola offers fine die-cast Alfa Romeo modell cars in 1/43 scale in a special limited edition called Alfa Romeo Sport Collection. One can buy it only in Italy. You find them everywhere where you can get the famous Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy's leading sports newspaper. For the price of 8,90 EUR (+ the price of the Gazzetta dello Sport) one gets a 1/43 modell car and a little DIN A4 booklet which tells the story of
the famous milanes marque. Every two weeks there is a new edition. Many famous Alfa Romeo sports cars and and racers have already been launched by Fabbri, for example the P2 and a large number of Tipo 33s in their different body styles. Till August 2007, three Boxer-engined Alfas were launched, two Alfasud ti Trofeo which only differ by their paint and decals and a Sprint Trofeo. The degree of perfection of the Fabbri models
can cope with Minichamps. Compared to the Solido Trofeo Alfasuds, they are real masterpieces having the right wheels and tyres and fine details as windscreen wipers and mirros.
Alfasud 1.2 SC 5-porte by DeAgostini
Besides Fabbri Edicola there is another Italian specialist who launched a series of magazines in combination with some fine model cars in 2008: DeAgostini offered two series called "Polizia dello Stato" (State Police) and "Carabinieri". Among the issues there were a lot of nice Alfa Romeo miniatures as a series II Alfa 155 (the one with the chromed Scudetto) and a series I Alfa 33. Cars which have not been available before as affordable miniature. DeAgostini also offered two different Alfasuds, both on the base of a series III 1.2 SC with hatchback. There was a Police car and a more civilian looking Carabinieri version.
Finally a series III Alfasud scale modell! Unfortunately this Alfasud did not appear as M4 miniature - just as many of the other Fabbri Edicola miniatures did in 2008.
Alfasud Ti 1.5 QV / GCL by Neo
The Dutch miniature manfuacturer Neo launchend an Alfasud Ti 1.5 QV / GCL in 2014. It was firstly only available in Rosso Alfa (red). In addition it was offered in Grigio Nisida metallizzato (silver) as a special edition built for the German modelcar dealer Modelcarworld. The silver miniature was meanwhile also available from other modelcar shops. The two versions were followed some months later by a white "Alfasud Ti 1.3" which was actually only a new colour variant of the 1.5 QV since it also came with Speedline light alloy wheels and a red scudetto (which in reality could only be found at Ti 1.5 QV models).
This miniature is a very good scale reproduction of the series III Alfasud Ti and closes an open gap in every Alfasud miniature collector's glass cabinet.
Sprint 1.5 QV made by Kess
The new Italian miniature manufacturer Kess regularily launched Alfa Romeo 1/43 scale models since 2013. Most of them have never been available from other manufactureres before, e.g. an ARNA, Alfa 6 series II or an Alfa 164. One of the first miniatures they offered was a Sprint 1.5 QV in Rosso Alfa (red) or black. The miniatures were made of resine (plastic) and were decorated with fine photoetched parts. Even the checkerd pattern of the seat cloth can be found on the miniature.
Sprint 1.7 QV made by Hachette
Italian newspaper buyers could again find an Alfasud miniature at their "edicola" in 2015. The fourth edition of the "Alfa Romeo Collection - Tutti i modelli leggendari della Casa del Biscione" collector's series offered a Sprint 1.7 QV for 12,99 EUR. The miniature came together with an eleven-page brochure.
Obviously this "Alfa Romeo Collection" was a
kind of test which was only sold in Tuskany. The proportions of the Hachette
miniature resemble the Kess-Sprint. The rims have a too large diameter.
Nethertheless this is the first ready-built and affordable miniature of the very
last Sprint series sold from 1987 to 1989. All special features of the last
Sprints are implemented on this miniature. Neither the "drain-cover" alloy
wheels donated by the 33 1.7 IE nor the right door mirror or the rear spoiler
Die-cast Alfasud and Alfasud ti by Polistil
Polistil offered an Alfasud and an Alfasud ti (both series I) as 1/25 scale die-cast toy modell in the seventies. They made the same mistake as Minichamps about 30 years later and launched a two-door Alfasud, a car that never existed. Actually the Polistil Alfasud form does not really match the original Alfasud shape. The modell seems to be a bit to narrow and small and its wheels look strange.
At least one can open the doors and the bonnet. A little reproduction of the Boxer engine is installed under the bonnet. The interior is as strange as the exterior of the modell: e.g. Polistil installed a chromed two-spoke steering wheel which never existed as standart equipment in an Alfasud. The Polistil Alfasuds have meanwhile become rare. They were intended as toy modells for children and so the majority was damaged while playing with them and then thrown away. The bumpers and the exhaust pipe brake easily. Mint conditioned Alfasuds in its original box can reach a price of over 100 EUR! Not bad for a once cheap toy.
Die-cast Alfasud Sprint by Mebetoys (Mattel)
Besides the smaller 1/43 scale Alfasud Sprint shown above, Mebetoys also offered a 1/24 scale version of the Alfasud Sprint. There was a street version and a Trofeo Sprint racer with spoilers, wheelarch extensions, wide tyres and decals. Both versions are very rare. The street version was also sold by the Alfa Romeo dealers in the early 1980s
One can open the doors, the bonnet and even the tailgate. There is a well-detailed little one-carburettor engine under the bonnet (even the larger recoolant hoses are there!). These models have become quite rare, especially, when they are in mint condition. Perfect Mebetoys Sprints meanwhile cost more than 100 EUR.
Alfasud L and Alfasud ti by Togi
The die-cast models in 1/23 scale made by the Italian manufacturer Togi have always been collector's models. Even at the time when they were still available in the modell shops, they were unaffordable for children. There were ready-built models (sold in a decorative little
glass cabinet - the ideal desk decoration) and kits (already painted) which were sold in a puzzle-like large cardboard box. The bonnet can be opened and under it there is a very simple engine miniature. The doors - all four at the four-door version - can be opened, too.
The Togi models have a special charme: many little details like the wheels which are tightened with central nut each, sprung "axles" or the little steering column stalks were unique in the seventies. Togi offered a large number of different colours. Togi models have never been cheap, today they can cost up to 100 EUR for a well preserved one.
Alfasud by Fabbri Edicola
In the years 2008 and 2009 Fabbri offered a new collection of minatures in 1/24 scale. After the Alfa Romeo Sport Collection series with models in 1/43 scale in cooperation with the "Gazzetta dello Sport" seized in 2007, this new series was realized together with the famous Italian car magazine "Quattroruote". It was called "Le auto pił amate dagli italiani" ("The favourite cars of the Italians") and could be bought twice a month for the price of 19,99 EUR. A booklet and a 1/24 scale model were offered together with the "Quattroruote" magazine. Several Alfa Romeos were already launched in 2008, e.g. a Giulia Super, a Giulietta Spider a series I Alfetta. The June-edition 2009 featured an Alfasud. (In the second August-edition 2009 there was a Giulia Sprint GT 1300 Junior.)
The bonnet, boot lid and the front doors of Alfasud (painted in Beige Ponza) can be opened and even the dashboard has print-on instruments - Made in China makes it possible for a low price. The exhaust and the suspension are also visibile.
The booklet gives a short information about the history of the early Seventies and informs about the different Alfasud versions and series including the Sprint and Giardinetta. There are many unknown photographs made by Quattroroute. The last pages of the book show of a reprint of "Quattroruote"'s very comprehensive first road test of the Alfasud in 1972. The surplus of the miniatures which was not sold by Quattroroute was commercialised about two years later through car model shops.
Alfasud by Special C
The Fabbri Alfasud miniature was is sold by modelcar shops in 2015. It is offered under the "Special C" label. The main difference is the colour (Rosso Coralle). Some other minor differences can be seen in the decals.
Alfasud Ti 1.5 QV by Hachette
In the year 2010 - Alfa Romeo's centenary - the Italian car magazine Quattroruote started another collection of 1/24 scale models. This time Quattroruote coopertated with Hachette. The collection is called "Alfa Romeo - La Collezione del Centenario" (meaning the collection of the centenary). Besides a Montreal, a Giulia Sprint GTA and other Alfa all-time greats Hachette also offered an Alfasud Ti 1.5 QV (GCL). A 1972 Alfasud 1.2 was announced for July 2011 It is a reporduction of the Fabbri Edicola Alfasud in a different colour. The models could be bought together with the Quattroruote car magazine and a little brochure which described the history of the Alfa model.
The Hachette models are equal in build-quality and features compared to the Fabbri Edicola Alfasud. Hachette choosed a colour which was officially never offered for the Alfasud Ti 1.5 QV. There has never been a dark blue Ti QV with beige interior. But this is the only weak point of the minature - all the other details are fine for such a cheap minature. The doors, the bonnet and the tailgate can be opened. There is even the typical Ti-QV rear muffler with two tailpipes.
Alfasud 1.3 by KK-Scale
The miniature market is booming in
the mid of this decade. Never before one could buy so many dream cars and best
selling "daily transports" as large 1/18 miniature. Obviously this now also
awaked the interest of some manufacturers to produce less mass-market suitable
scale miniatures. So, the new brand KK-Scale launched the first Alfasud in 1/18
by the end of 2014.
The buyer can chose between a Rosso Alfa (red) and a white version. Neither the boot lid, the bonnet or the doors can be opened.
Alfasud Sprint by Laudoracing
The French company Laudoracing which is specialized in 1/18 miniatures of classic Italian cars launched an Alfasud Sprint series I in 2015. It is available in Rosso Alfa and Verde Matese. The red version can be ordered with steel rims or Cromodora light alloy wheels. The alloy wheel version was launched with a delay of some months - obviously to respond on the Otto Models miniature of the Alfasud Sprint which was also launched in 2015 in a limited number (and for less money) which was nearly a look-alike of the Laudo miniature. It only differed from the Laudo Sprint by the slightly different red colour, the number plates and the above mentioned alloy wheels.
As many miniatures which were launched in the last years the Sprint is no longer made of die-cast but of resine. It convinces a potential buyer with a very well reproduced body and fine details e.g. the printed pattern of the seats. As usual with resine miniatures neither the doors nor bonnet or tailgate can be opened.
Last Update: March, 18th 2017 Created: January, 18th 2004
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