Tuesday, November 24, 2009

1984 Alfetta Sedan - In US and on Craigslist

I have a soft spot for the Alfetta Sedan - My first Alfa Romeo was a burgundyish-purpleish colored Alfetta Sedan. It's the car that turned me into an Alfaholic (temporarily in recovery).

This car is really interesting as its a gray market 1984 Alfetta. Alfa stopped officially importing the Alfetta in 1979.

In 1984 Alfa was not yet owned by Fiat and perpetually short of cash. By the time this car was built the Alfetta was already 14 years old. Alfa the did a good job keeping it updated until they could introduce a replacement (the 75 / Milano). This car certainly doesn't look like a car that was introduced 35 years ago.

US spec Alfettas had, of course, huge 5 MPH bumpers. This car has cleaner, smaller, Euro bumpers that wrap around the fenders. It's a really nice look. The tail lights and license plate set up are slightly different from what we saw in the US and it also looks very good.

The interior has more changes. The dash / instrument cluster is different from anything we saw here in the US. It's far more contemporary than what came in the 1975 - 1977 Alfettas, and better than the updated dash we got on the 1978 - 1979 models. The seats appear to be cloth and bolstered differently than the earlier seats(at least the seat bottoms are). The door panels are new and contemporary looking. The center console appears to be carried over from the earlier cars.

The big difference is under the hood. It has the same 2.0 liter 4 we got in the US, but it's an EFI version. Having owned Alfas with Spica injection, Weber carbs and Bosch EFI, I can say from experience that the EFI, while not able to make the great sounds that a pair of Webers make, makes a huge difference in drivability and reliability.

What didn't change was the Alfetta's suspension. The Alfetta suspension was sophisticated for its time, using double wishbones and torsion bars along with a de Dion tube in the back. With a rear mounted transaxle that gave it a near 50/50 weight distribution, the Alfetta handled very well. Set up properly, an Alfetta can give many newer cars a run for their money when it comes to handling.

In the pictures the silver / gray color looks similar to the color found on newer Audis and VWs. It suits this car very well. The wheels look similar to, but not exactly like, those found on the early Alfa Romeo GTV6. Like the color, they suit the car well.

The huge problem with Alfettas (and all 1970s / 1980s Alfas) was rust. They rusted everywhere and anywhere. The seller claims this car is rust free. He mentions that it need "cosmetics", but I can't see anything seriously wrong in the pictures. The $3750.00 asking price seems very reasonable.

You have no idea how much I want this car.

Located in Plano, TX, click here to see the eBay listing.

If you like gray market cars, check out "Grey in the USA". It's a great blog dedicated to gray market cars like this one.


Max Power said...

As an early teen, I was in love with the Alfa Romeo 'Sport Sedan' (who was the marketing wiz who thought up that one) as they were known here in the US. For some reason, I have also always had the desire to get a car in the color most photographed in the press photos. In the Alfa's case it was some sort of cream color sporting the optional alloy wheels (which I like much better than this example's). If memory also serves me correctly, the Alfetta survived even after the 75 was introduced and was completely rebodied as the 90 but underneath, it was all Alfetta. I actually saw a 90 here in the US (they were never officially imported here) about 15 years ago with diplomatic plates.

m4ff3w said...

I just picked up a Milano earlier this month.

It truly is a wonderful car. I bet the Alfetta w/its lighter weight is a blast to toss around compared to about any other 4 door sedan.

Just A Car Geek said...

Hey Max - You're right about the 90.

Now that would be a car to bring over to the US!


Midelectric said...

Would you happen to know where this car ended up? This would be the perfect car for me!

Just A Car Geek said...

Midelectric - I don't. I wish I did. I'd love to buy it myself if it ever comes up for sale again.

Just A Car Geek

Tuah said...

Great car! Cuore Sportivo!
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