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Sold for: £16,875
When it went on sale in 1972 after being first launched the previous year at the Turin Motor Show, the Alfasud rewrote the book. Given that Alfa Romeo had no experience of small front-wheel drive cars, the sheer dynamic excellence of the flat-four powered Sud came as a shock, leaving the opposition grasping at straws in order to catch up. In 1976, Alfa Romeo trumped the standard Sud by re-working it into a gorgeous Coupé and the results were predictably fantastic. Styling was handled by Giugiaro who, of course, had penned Alfa Romeo's most praised design, the 105 Series and who, at the time, was probably the best designer in the World in terms of drawing cars that were simply 'beautiful'. The Sprint, in many people's eyes, eclipsed the already desirable Alfetta GTV.It was especially rapid in twin-carb Veloce form, like the one offered here today, but any example will reward the enthusiastic driver. A questionable 1980's facelift did it no favours though, and most fans prefer the crisp original. First registered 7/1/1980, this car is surely one of the most original surviving examples of its kind. Having come from a deceased estate, the car is showing just 968 miles and is believed to have had just one owner from new. It's no secret that Alfas of this era (well, almost any eras) have a tendency to rot from the knee down, however, this car appears to be in fantastic condition with just a few minor paint blemishes. Inside and outside the car is seemingly in good health and, on first inspection, presents itself as one of the most untouched cars that we have come across. The car is presented with the orginal books including the Service book, Dealer List, Instruction book and Voucher book. Unfortunately, due to the circumstances of the car's sale, much of the history for this vehicle has not been found. Although some further documentation may turn up at a later stage, one should assume that the car will be presented with no V5C or further documentation then stated. A real time-machine of a collector's piece, this Alfa Romeo is reminiscent of the company's true ethos, the Sprint Veloce being one of the last cars built before Alfa's takeover by Fiat. A car from the glory days of Alfa Romeo, when the cars were designed for style, performance and pure driving pleasure. Full of passion and Italian sunshine!