The Alfa Romeo Alfetta became well known throughout the world since it was Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro's official escort car, when, in 1978, he was first kidnapped, then killed, by the Italian Terrorist left-wing organization The Red Brigades. In this form they were rallied with moderate success in , winning the Elba and Costa Brava rallies overall, as well as winning the Group 2 category in the World Rally Championship's Corsican event. Examples of this are the bonnet line, which while briefer, still has 'scallops' for the headlights, and the tail light clusters which resemble those of the Montreal. A fictionalised account of these events was produced as a critically well regarded Italian film , The Advocate, which also heavily featured Alfettas of all types, from Caribieneri 'Short Nose. An estimated 750 were assembled before all production ceased in 1986. The South African market also introduced the 3. The V6 received rave reviews from the motoring press, which had previously lambasted the same engine in the Alfa 6 because of the carburettor problems.
It was available with two engines with two valves per cylinder and a turbo engine supplied by. The car also received a modified suspension layout. In 1979, some minor revisions, including a revised engine with new camshaft profiles and a change to mechanical-and-vacuum ignition advance, saw the 2. This was the first Italian production car with a turbocharger. The fuel injection installation eventually made it into the second series of the Alfa 6 as well.
Designed by , the Alfetta introduced a new drivetrain layout to the marque. It was popular due to its combination of a modest design with powerful engines, selling over 400,000 units until the end of its production run, but in the final years its sales were down due to Alfa Romeo's reliability problems that plagued the company through the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Alfetta name was dropped, but the two-litre coupé retained its type designation of 11636 for left hand drive and 11637 for right hand drive. From 1974 South African Alfetta's were manufactured at Alfa Romeo's own plant. For 1976, with the final phasing out of the earlier 105 Series 1.
This resulted in excellent handling, which some experts believe these were among the best-handling saloon cars of their time. The Alfetta was renewed in 1979 with a revised frontend, new wheel rims and new lights, as well as a Diesel version. A racing version was campaigned in rallies, but once more the effort was abandoned after a single season, despite scoring a win at the Danube Rally. As a result the hood received a bulge to clear the top of the intake and became its most pronounced feature. A final facelift was added in , when the company changed the car's name to , to conform to its new naming system, which included the and.
Round Light' through to the Prime Minister's own 'Long Nose Square Light' 2000 Super Saloon. Unlike most rear-wheel drive cars, the transaxle meant there was no transmission tunnel linking the gearbox to the rear axle- thus helping interior space. The Maratona model included a more aggressive aerodynamic trim package, lightweight Speedline wheels, clear engine view port, sunroof, wood steering wheel and shift knob, rear louvers and Carello fog lamps. These early, 1973 models, were manufactured alongside Datsuns. Alfa Romeo Alfetta Manufacturer Parent company Aka Gold Leaf model was also sold as the Alfetta 159i in some markets Production 1972—1987 Assembly , , Rosslyn plant, , Predecessor None Successor Class Body style 4-door 2-door Layout Platform Engine 1.
Bond steals the parked car while its owner uses a pay phone booth and makes haste towards Octopussy's Circus. The door shape is similar, and in a sharing of parts, both vehicles employ the same door handles. The next year Autodelta shifted its focus to circuit racing the Alfettas, which won the under 2. It had been suggested to produce 400 roadgoing versions of this model for homologation but this plan was abandoned as well. Despite such results, Autodelta's efforts with the Group 2 Alfetta were desultory, and ended prematurely.
The suspension relied on and at the front and a at the rear. Approximately 200 were built in South Africa for racing homologation. Version Years Produced Alfetta 1972-74 104,454 Alfetta 1972-78 2,011 Alfetta 1. . The Balocco named after the famous Balocco test track in Italy in 1982 with a production run of only 350 cars. With Bosch fuel injection instead of the six downdraught carburettors in the early Alfa 6 installation, the V6 was much easier to start and retained its state of tune much better. The Balocco was available only in red with sunroof and black interior, leather wrapped steering wheel and red piping on the seats.
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