31k-Mile 1979 Alfa Romeo Sport Sedan

The seller of this immaculate Alfetta describes it as an "early Christmas present." While I'm not sure I'd go that far, it sure is delightfully crisp and clean looking. This could be the lowest mileage Alfetta on the planet.

These were produced from 1972 to 1984, before it was replaced by the 90, which was then replaced by the large, heavy and front-wheel drivel 164, a far cry from this relatively compact rear-wheel drive car. The Alfetta were only sold in the US from 1975 to 1977, and then from 1978-1979 a mildly restyled version sold as the "Sport Sedan" was offered. This is one such example.

Alfa also housed the clutch and the transmission in the rear for more balance. The engines ranged from four cylinders to six. This one has a 2.0-liter twin cam four-cylinder. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The seller says it is stock other than a modern catalytic converter and electronic ignition.

Styling was done in house by Centro Stile. The Italians are masters of both classicism and modernism, but the Alfetta definitely leans towards the tight sheet metal and hard angles they adopted in the 70s and 80s. It's executed well and the cream paint flatters it further.

The interior is remarkably tidy and seems to support the low mileage claim. The seats are in brown cloth and look cozy and fit the whole earth tones theme.

Cosmetically, the seller says the vehicle has never been in an accident and has no rust. They say it still wears the original paint. They do mention it has a dent on the hood and a light scratch on the windshield, however, but those are minor flaws.

Mechanically, they say it runs as well as it looks and has a lot of low-end torque.

This is easily the nicest Sport Sedan/Alfetta I've seen. It's in great shape, it's the later improved version, and there just aren't many left, and most likely none that had this kind of careful ownership.

Available here on ebay in Midland, Michigan with bidding at $2,075.


  1. Despite the slightly odd looks and sub-optimal color combo, I like it. Probably because it appears to be in very good condition, it's very uncommon and I suspect it would be very Alfa-like (fun) to drive. The US-spec bumpers are unfortunate though, but could probably be replaced (with a little searching and investment) with Euro-spec units. Considering it's from a dealer's "collection," the reserve is probably unrealistically high.

  2. COTC car just showed up on BaT. Again.