Alfasud in 1972

ER Classics Desktop 2022

Building a completely new car in a brand new factory, working with workers who have never built a car in their lives, is a recipe for an impending disaster. Consider the Hillman Imp and De Lorean. Anyway, we started with the Alfasud, which was built by former and unemployed Neapolitan pizza makers far in the south (hence the name 'Sud') of Italy, far from the Milan headquarters of Alfa Romeo.

The technical design was by Rudi Hruska, Giugiaro designed the spacious, four-door bodywork, independent front and rear suspension, disc brakes on all four wheels and a brand new four-cylinder boxer engine with a capacity of only 1.200 cm3. Because of the noise, the asthmatic engine was isolated from the passenger compartment by two bulkheads. Unfortunately, the sound was so challenging that almost every driver with at least one window drove open to not miss a thing. The four passengers were seated on comfortable furniture. Remarkable was the operation of the heater by means of a handle on the steering wheel. And there was also the light on the dashboard. That went out when the engine had reached operating temperature and the signal was out with the Alfasud 'Italian style ' to pedal… A well-thought-out cart, which was led flawlessly with a sturdy corridor over winding roads, did not even have any problems with it if a firm bump had to be made in such a fast turn. Shortly afterwards the sportier 2-door Ti version appeared, the engine capacity went on to 1,3 and even the 1,5 liter capacity not to mention the five-speed gearbox. A little later the world became acquainted with the Sprint coupe and the estate car that was called Giardinetta. Due to the wrong choice of the recycled can, such an Alfasud rusted when it left the factory gate. A perfect copy is nowadays extremely rare ...

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