The Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint was presented to the press in September 1976 and then shown at the Turin Motor Show in November 1976. Styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the low angular design was very stylish for the time built in southern Italian hence the Alfasud, “sud” being the Italian for South.
The Alfasud Sprint had three face lifts in its production life, the first in 1978 with boxer engines in 1.3 and 1.5 versions both updated further in 1979 increasing bhp to 85 and 95 respectively. In 1983 the Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint became the Alfa Romeo Sprint introducing the 1.5 Cloverleaf with a revised boxer engine producing an upgraded 104 bhp with vented discs and a short ratio gear box with a 1.7 version being produced in 1987 the Alfa Romeo Sprint was constantly developed through its life time with the 1.7 Cloverleaf being its pinnacle.
So you’re looking to buy an Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint? Here are our top things to look out for before you buy.
The Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint like most Alfa’s from the same era are prone to rust. You may have heard the rumours that finished models would start to rust before they left the factory. So inspect the vehicle for corrosion vigorously and start with the underside first. Check for new under seal and make sure it’s not hiding anything underneath.
Check the bottom rear of the front wheel arches for dirt which could have built up from early models not being fitted with plastic coverings. Also, check windscreens and sills for rust, particularly under the rubber seal. Check around the battery area when you open the bonnet as leakages can encourage corrosion as well. Sprints are prone to rotting door pillars so look under the top hinge and the outer sill panels as they can also corrode.
Any poorly repaired accident damage may also result in rust so check for this when looking around the car and underneath it.
Engines are bullet proof if serviced and maintained properly. Alfa used superior parts and materials so engines are good quality, however if there is a rumbling from the engine then give the water pump pulley a tug, any play will mean it needs to be replaced it is located under the alternator. Also make sure the cam belts have been changed on a regular basis as failure is expensive.
Electrics on the Sprint are prone to failure but this can be dirty contacts or bad earthing at the fuse block check all the switch gear to make sure everything is in working order.
Brakes are strong and reliable but make sure you hit them hard at least once a day to keep pad/disc clearance up, do the same when reversing and brakes will remain strong and effective for a long period of time.
Gear boxes are robust if a little noisy synchromesh wear can happen trying to engage second gear but most owners tend to live with this so no real problem.
Alfa Romeo didn’t just build cars they also made marine and railway engines, buses, aero planes, cooking stoves and aluminum windows as well.
Mark Wilkinson, Managing Director Says:
“Alfa Romeo has built and designed some significant automobiles through the ages and the Alfasud Sprint is a glorious example of this with pace and handling being typical of the Alfa name and of course its good looks”