When it went on sale in 1972, after first being 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. The Alfasud was immediately commended by the media for its styling. In 1976, Alfa Romeo trumped the standard ‘Sud by reworking it into a gorgeous coupé and the results were predictably fantastic. Designing 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 Alfasud is considered one of Alfa Romeo’s most successful models, with over a million examples manufactured between 1972 and 1989. It is believed fewer than 100 registered ‘Suds are left in the UK.
First registered on 27th May 1983, this Alfa Romeo Alfasud Gold Cloverleaf has covered 112,000 miles across three long-term proprietorships. She is presented in Grigio Nisida (metallic silver) with contrasting beige velour and vinyl interior and boasts a raspy 1.5 boxer engine producing 95hp through a five-speed manual transmission. Notably, the Gold Cloverleaf was Alfa Romeo’s flagship variant of the Alfasud, baring several sophisticated features including front electric windows, 13-inch ‘Campanatura’ 32-spoke alloy wheels, woodrim steering wheel and matching gear knob and a headlight wash/wipe system. For many the Gold Cloverleaf is the best looking of all the ‘Suds.
Showing no signs of accident damage or corrosion, this Alfasud is quite simply a time-warp example. As result of meticulous maintenance, the car has had no MoT advisories recorded in the past 15 years and notably featured in the February 2000 issue of Auto Italia magazine. In 1999 the ‘Sud benefitted from an engine rebuild and has only travelled around 15,000 miles since with recurring periods spent in storage.
Recent works include:
- January 2013 (approx 106,000 miles) New clutch master cylinder
- June 2015 (approx 107,000 miles) New cambelt
- December 2016 (approx 108,000 miles) Carbs rebuilt
- April 2021 (112,000 miles) All four Campanatura alloy wheels refurbished
- April 2021 (112,000 miles) Serviced by Alfa Romeo specialist Thorobred Cars, Laleham
She is supplied with two sets of keys, original handbook, ‘Alfacover’ folder, MoT certificates and a large file of invoices detailing mileage and works completed. Newly serviced by classic Alfa Romeo specialists and MoT’d until 26th April 2022.