Wednesday, November 6, 2013

1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT - Now This Is Interesting...

I have a soft spot for the Alfetta. My first Alfa was an Alfetta sedan. My second Alfa was an Alfetta GT.

In a world where older Alfa prices are starting to go through the proverbial roof, the Alfetta remains a bit of a bargain.

The Alfetta was a sophisticated car in its day. A rear transaxle, inboard brakes, a wishbone and torsion bar suspension in the front and a de Dion beam at the rear meant that balance and handling were on par with some of the best cars in the world. Its engine (at least in the US) was Alfa's tried and true 2.0 liter 4. It's no rocket, but it powered the car respectably, and the Italian noises it makes are incredible.

The body was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and still looks good today. The US only bumper-car-style-bumpers look awful, but European chrome bumpers are readily available.

This car has an interesting story. If I am understanding the ad correctly, it was bought new by the seller's brother. He stripped it out, apparently rustproofed it, and had it repainted red. (Nope. This makes no sense to me either, but I think that's what the seller is saying in his ad. I've heard stranger things, I guess.) The seats were replaced with leather Recaros and the rest of the interior replaced with leather, which was dyed to match the Recaros. Oddly, it looks the the door pulls / armrests on the doors were not put back on. Other than grabbing the top of the door with the window down, I'm not sure how you would close the doors.

The rest of the car has typical, worthwhile, Alfetta mods; Bilsteins, European header, etc.

The $6000.00 the seller is asking might buy you a serviceable GTV-6 these days. But it will probably need some work. This car sounds like a fly in, drive home car. If it is everything the seller says it is, it's a bargain.

Located in Sunnyvale, CA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

3 comments:

Harv said...

Yet another JACG I wish I could have.

Hmmm

I've had Volvos before.

Always wanted an Alfetta.

John

Larry said...

The sellers rambling ad leaves many questions, and the door cards suggest some questionable decisions. Still, this Alfetta GT sure looks clean. With the way car prices are going lately, it won't be long before $6K will look "well bought."

Bill said...

The door pulls probably do not clear the Recaros....