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Alfa Romeo 33. Nineties series. muse.

Alfa Romeo 33. Musing.
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It itched again. During the careful search for a nice hobby car I came across an Alfa Romeo 33 from the 907 series. That was the generation that retired the 905 models out of 33. The 907 series received a front that was in line with that of the 164 the 33 for the nineties a new, taut back party. The Italian was equipped with a 1.5 IE engine. It looked neat and it was also possible to live with the mileage of 120.000 kilometers. He had his little things, and in combination with the price I decided to park the 33. However, he did open the door to memories of the model.


A former colleague once got a 33 Imola as a lease car. The 33 had just been taken out of production, but my colleague was happy to receive the keys to the 33. We immediately decided to take it for a spin. Unfortunately, the new Alfa driver completely ignored my recommendations to first bring the liquids up to temperature. Because an Alfa was made for sporty driving. 'That's right,' I said, 'but take your time, otherwise you will screw up the engine.” Thus it happened. The fun lasted an hour. We had a good laugh about it later, but at that moment someone really had to explain something. It ended well for him, but not for the Alfa. It was lease car.


However, that experience was no reason for me to cross the 33 from the list of favorites. Long ago, in 1998, I was once close to buying an Alfa Rosso painted and completely rust-free Alfa Romeo 33, with a spoiler on the tailgate. The type was a 907, the year of construction was 1992, the engine was still a 1.351 cc with two double carburettors. I took a good look at the Alfa, the car had been at the dealer in the Kop van Noord-Holland for a while. The seller asked twelve thousand guilders for it, and that was solid. The mileage was 98.000 kilometers, the maintenance booklet was stamped to 65.000 kilometers, we had to grope in the dark about the distribution switch, I thought that was strange. But this 33 was at least worth a try.


The car had been sleeping in the open air on the property for a while. In addition, it was wintering, but the cold start went perfectly. The subsequent test drive was dangerously addictive, especially after I had warmed up the engine. This was a purebredwho never missed a beat. From the beginning. The temperamental reputation of the wonderfully raspy Alfa boxers was already known to me, and the copy in this car certainly did not disappoint. The rest of the technology was also fine. I wanted to go for this, I was going to have an adventure with this, I knew that. And it wasn't just the driving experience, the beautiful condition and the beautiful lines that remained under the skin for a long time.

The small imperfections also made this car. The wind noise, the closely spaced pedals, the window of the left rear door that keeps falling slightly ajar, the mediocre hinges and locks, the shaky but accurate and completely creak-free circuit (very important with a 33) and the somewhat less strong heating would be a reason for every common-sense car to go a little further. With this Alfa I found the small omissions to fit (although that window was also one of the things I wanted to fix), they made the car.

So negotiate. I soon knew that the mission had no chance. The seller wanted to return a stupid amount for my old Opel, while holding on to the asking price. I was on a distribution change, a pretty pricey affair with Alfa boxers. The selling party did not start there. After all, he already gave a three-month warranty. I also wanted to stipulate an ANWB purchase inspection. No chance. And there it was again: three months warranty† It passed, but the car has always stuck with me. With a mixture of heartache and realism.


That specific feeling with a 33 has always remained. I still turn around three times when I see the De'Silva generation of the Alfa Romeo 33. If only because I hardly come across the 33 anymore. But it does snooze periodically, and then I feel exactly what I felt during the test drive. I recall the sporty nature, the pure lines and the addictive driving experience. You hear the engine, you feel the road holding and you experience the seating position without having to drive the car at that moment. There are few cars that evoke that in me. Alphas do. The Alfa Romeo 33 does just that. That's why I like him so much. Regardless of execution. Including his nuggets. Because they only further enhance the character of Alfa's success from the past. And as I write that, I can already feel my feet tingling again. And I muse about the Alfa Romeo 33, which should have been mine. And about the Alfa Romeo 33, which I recently came across on the world wide web.

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Alfa Romeo 33. Musing.
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  1. Many years ago I bought a 33 from a comrade, a 1.4, without a cake server on the tailgate.
    There was work to be done with the purchase and the parts were with the purchase. The timing belt, a different radiator, new pivot bearings of the front suspension and the replacement of the exhaust and some welding, the car was good again for a valid MOT.
    In principle, the 33 was only allowed on the road in good weather and apart from the unpleasant surprise of a rain shower on the way, all the rides were under the sun.
    Only once has the car let me down; due to a broken connection between the gear lever and the linkage I couldn't move from the place where I was parked and luckily the Roadside Assistance helped me on my way again.
    In terms of rust, there are spots to be seen at the bottom of the front fender and the fuel cap, the latter is a typical 33 ailment, due to a design flaw.
    For the rest, there is little reason to complain, the years after the purchase there were virtually no obstacles to obtain a new MOT.
    What still deserves attention at the moment is the attachment of the gear lever cover on the center tunnel.
    The car has been in my possession for 14 years now.

  2. You have cars… and Alfas. The first ones help you from a to b… the second ones also help you from a to b, but at the same time puts a smile on your face for dessert. I've had a 1.7 ie since last year… a dream that has stuck with me after I was allowed to drive with one of my colleague for a while 30 years ago. Mine has an original sunroof that doesn't draft at all. Rust is fine. Insidious though: rust from the inside out, so it had some welding. Technically strong. But now it's my buddy, happy every time with that eager motor. In terms of experience, there are few old cars that offer more than Alfas.

  3. Hello

    I sold new Alfa 33s at the time
    For those who are interested, I still have a press folder of the Alfa 33 first generation on offer

  4. Do not buy, a wise choice if a seller does not want anything. Three months warranty and then have to hear that the broken timing belt is your own fault and is not covered by the warranty.
    Fortunately, there are better sales companies.

  5. After 3 Suds a 33 SW gahad for at least 5 years. Had a lot of fun with it and always drive. It
    one was a red 1.5. Fairly smooth and a lot of attention then already. With 200 on the counter, a piston melted but continued to run and just started again the next morning, but after an exchange engine the sentence was exchanged a bit at 164, also nice but very different. Our oldest still has a 33 4×4 SW.

  6. I had a metallic green 1.7 IE in the lease. Unfortunately had to be returned after 120.000 km. That hurt then. Now very satisfied with my 159.

  7. Had a new counters many years ago with counters counterfeited by that plane, steering sharp, sharp yet comfortable.
    Also a red 1500cc
    Successor: 75 turbo. But the 33 steered a bit tighter. Great sound also the boxer engine

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