Alfatragic – 1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta Sedan Alfamatic

With Alfa Romeo’s increasing popularity among a broader base of vintage car enthusiasts, even the lowly Alfetta has attracted more fans. More people must be recognizing that, in spite of the rust issues, daily driver concerns and the underdeveloped emissions system on North American cars, the great steering and balance of Alfa’s 116 platform makes it a rewarding driver-level classic. Or they’re just sad they couldn’t pick up a Giulia for $3500 anymore and are looking to the next most affordable option. Either way, let’s check out this 1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta Sedan for sale with bidding at $2801 and 18 hours left to go in Decatur, GA.

1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta Sedan 3 left front

The first couple of things most Alfetta enthusiasts will notice is the stainless bumpers, which have been adapted from a European-market 1969 Berlina, and the unusual Ronal wheels. Paint is said to be in good shape, with the exception of a spot where it bubbled and cracked on the hood, just forward of the fan intake grill. This green appears to be a stock Alfa Romeo green (verde pino, perhaps), but was not common (if even available) on Alfettas.

1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta Sedan 3 right rear

The car is said to have virtually no other rust, and while the seller does not give any guarantees, he says he would drive it anywhere. While the older bumpers don’t look quite right on a car with distinctly modern aesthetics, they are far better (if less practical) than the rubber battering-ram bumpers Alfa Romeo chose for all their late-1970s cars. Unfortunately, the photo resolution is not terribly high, so you can’t zoom in to assess the rust around critical areas like the front and rear windows for yourself. This appears to be a non-sunroof car, so that eliminates one area of concern.

1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta Sedan 3 engine

The engine is set up with dual Solex carburetors and an Ansa exhaust, and is said to start and run well. Air conditioning is said to be working, but in need of new control cables, and the corrosion on the cam cover suggests the car has spent some amount of time outdoors in humidity or salt, so you’ll want to poke around carefully. Beyond that, not much is visible, though the only cooling hose in the shot looks a little dry, so while it’s a good runner, perhaps it needs some catch-up maintenance before a long drive.

1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta Sedan 3 interior

Seating and headliner have been reupholstered, and the seating surfaces have been very nicely done in the factory style – often, these budget classics suffer from being redone in whatever’s cheap. The car also benefits from new rear brakes and a new handbrake cable, so one of the harder jobs on an Alfetta is already done. Here you can also see that the car is an automatic – this will sap the fun out of the car for most self-shifting enthusiasts, but the car looks so good that this is a great match for anyone reticent or unable to use a third pedal. How about a gateway drug into Alfas for your special friend/spouse/partner?


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