Tuesday, February 10, 2009

1977 European Spec Alfa Romeo Alfetta Sedan (Berlina) in US & on eBay

OK, so maybe $30,000.00 for the Alfa Romeo Giulia I wrote about in January is a bit too expensive for most people (I know it is for me). Then how about a 2 liter Alfa sedan that's just as much fun to drive, is 10 years newer and is going to sell for a lot less money?

Listed on eBay is a 1977 Alfa Romeo Alfetta sedan (called the Berlina in Europe and sometimes called the Sports Sedan in the US).

The very first Alfa I bought was a 1975 Alfetta sedan. It was in pretty rough shape when I bought it, but it was incredibly fun to drive. It was the car that turned me into an Alfaholic (currently in recovery)

The Alfetta came with Alfa's tried and true 2.0 liter DOHC engine, the same engine found in the Alfa Spider. The suspension was sophisticated for its time, using double wishbones and torsion bars along with a de Dion beam in the back. With a rear mounted transaxle that gave it a near 50/50 weight distribution, the Alfetta handled very well.

The Alfetta being offered on eBay is a European spec car. The big differences it has over US spec models are the Euro headlights and bumpers and 2 Weber 40 DCOE carbs instead of the Spica fuel injection system. (The Spica system is a good system, but one that is complicated, temperamental and needs to be worked on by someone who really knows what they're doing - I preferred the Webers, and on subsequent Alfettas I owned I removed the fuel injection and put on the Webers)

The big issue with Alfettas is rust. They rust anywhere and everywhere. The common places are around the windshield and rear window, but mine was rusting on the roof, too! The car listed on eBay has the window and windshield rust and is showing some rust on the hood. Like I said, they rust anywhere and everywhere. Fixing the rust around the windshield and rear window is not always an easy task, as the rust has often attacked the lip that holds the glass and gasket in place. Unless you're really good at fabricating metal and handy with a MIG, you should set aside some money to have this work done properly at a body shop.

The seller is an Italian mechanic who has done a lot of work and maintenance to the car. You shouldn't have to worry about any of that for awhile.

Parts are getting harder to find for these cars, but not impossible. There are plenty of sites on the internet dedicated to Alfas and Italian cars in general.

Unless a couple of people go crazy and bid the car up to an insane price, you should be able to buy the car, have the body work done, and still be into it for a around 1/4 of the price of the Giulia. For that money you'll have a unique car with the great Alfa Romeo name and one that is a lot of fun to drive. The only thing you won't have is a car with the "classic status" the Giulia has, but that may come someday, too.

Click here to see the listing for this Alfa Romeo Alfetta sedan (Berlina)

Click here to find the website for the Alfa Romeo Owners Club. If you buy this car, or any Alfa, I recommend you join it.

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