Thursday, April 26, 2012

1978 Alfa Romeo Alfetta Sedan - Still A Bargain Alfa

Like your first girlfriend or boyfriend, you never forget your first Alfa Romeo. Mine was an Alfetta sedan.

Alfa Romeo introduced the Alfetta in 1972. The sedan was designed by Alfa's in- house Centro Stile Alfa Romeo. In my eyes, it's a masterpiece. Alfa's earlier sedans were very boxy, very purposeful looking. The Alfetta was more round, more sporty looking.

Everything underneath the body was new, too. The suspension was double wishbones and torsion bars up front and a de Dion beam in the rear. The Alfetta had a rear transaxle, which gave it near 50 / 50 weight distribution. Few, if any, sedans of the day handled as well as the Alfetta.

The engine was Alfa's tried and true 2.0 liter DOHC 4. It's a great engine, but had a lot of car to move with the Alfetta. 0 - 60 took around 12 seconds.

The interior was typical Alfa; comfortable and slightly quirky (which I like).

This Alfa is in good, but not perfect condition. The seller has some history on it and it seems to have been owned by Alfa enthusiasts. A lot of work has been done to it and many of the parts that commonly wear out have been replaced. (Alfa parts, especially for cars other than the Spider, are becoming harder to find.) It has the very desirable European grill and headlights. (But, oddly, retains its big US bumpers.)

The biggest problem with Alfettas is rust. This car has some around the rear wheel wells. As Neil Young sang, "rust never sleeps", and this should be attended to right away. (BTW - Neil Young got that line from a Rustoleum ad. A little music trivia there for you.)

While Alfa prices have been escalating recently, the Alfetta sedan is still a relative bargain. Who knows how long that will last. If you've been thinking about buying an Alfetta, this might be the time and this car might be worth checking out.

Located in Novi, MI, click here to see the eBay listing.

The picture above is of my Alfetta sedan. It's the only one I can find. I didn't take the picture because of the car. I took it because of the water. That is the back of the shopping center where my store was once located. The picture was taken after a hurricane, some time in the 1980s. (I don't remember the date.) Pulling up behind the shopping center and seeing all the water was one of the "Oh, sh*t!" moments of my life.

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