Driveway Outtakes: 1978-83 Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint 1.5 – Rare And Shy Italian

I had waited for CC’s Roger Carr to cover Alfa Romeo’s Alfasud for ages. First, to get his take on the model. Second, so that I could start sharing a few I had found in Central America.

As the brand has suffered in the last decades, most commoners don’t know what an Alfa is around here. Yet, those who do are a few faithful that keep the models alive, against all expectations. Especially in a nation like El Salvador, where any broken mechanical piece means weeks of waiting. But the faithful are strong, and the seduction of Alfa is mighty. I’ve known a few, and I don’t question their devotion. Alfas are mighty sweet rides to my eyes.

This was a most unlikely find. Driveways in this nation are usually protected with heavy iron gates, and this was not the exception. But to the ‘car-trained’ eye even the tiniest glance awakens the senses. As I walked by this house with my wife, I noticed through some slots an unusual shape. “An Alfa!” With that, I told my wife to watch over the street while I got my cell into the driveway to snap a couple of shots.

No street guard came around (a permanent nuisance), no dog bit off my hand, and I think I didn’t break any laws. My wife seems content to support me on these silly outbursts and I got a few shots of this shy Alfa. One of the few remaining in this nation. In my book, all those are major pluses and all is well with the world.


Further reading:

Curbside Classic: 1984-1987 Alfa Romeo Sprint 1.3 – “When I see an Alfa Go By, I Tip My Hat”