A conversation at our local model and toy fair alerted me to ‘a place where they fix old Alfas.’ As I had an hour to spare I followed directions and dropped by.
Old Alfas aren’t an unusual sight in Cape Town traffic. I knew someone must be keeping them in fine fettle, I’d just never given it much thought. By pure luck I arrived while the premises were open to Alfisti for an informal Saturday morning launch of the new Giulia. Auto Azzurri is not an Alfa Romeo dealership, but is a hub for repair of old and not-so-old Alfas around here. I couldn’t take my eyes off the 1750 GTV in the above photos. These 105 series models were built at the Rosslyn plant in Pretoria.
The Giulia TI was also built is South Africa. Besides the Rosslyn plant there was a factory at Brits which operated until 1985 when Alfa stopped manufacture in South Africa, but not before assembling Daihatsu Charades from ’83 to ’85, some of which were exported to Italy to avoid import restrictions on Japanese vehicles.
Not only Alfa’s are catered for. This looks like a ’64 Ferrari 330 GT.
The premises are compact so double decker parking is a creative solution.
The new Giulia taking centre stage… Our local Car Magazine just tested the Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde and gave the it the nod over the BMW M3 M-DCT Competition Auto and the Mercedes-AMG C63 S.
The 1750GTV again, those wheels arent standard on the model. I recall Yohai showing us Alfa pictures recently and a similar model was wearing the same wheels.
I love the GTV without bumpers..
An Alfa Twin Spark engine neatly stacked on the side.
Not a bad angle to this Bertone styling.
In the far corner a Lamborghini Urraco with all it’s innards spilled out.
The Urraco styling looks as urgent and fresh as when new.
Does this Lambo V8 belong in the Urraco? I guess so, but it’s not the only Lamborghini around here, I returned a few days later and there was an Espada in for rebuild.
Standing in the sensuous repair queue, a Maserati 3200 GT.
These Giulietta TI’s were among the first Alfas produced in South Africa, assembled from CKD kits at the Car Distributors Assembly plant in East London, alongside Mercedes Benz.
Parked on the lawn outside, the visitors’ Alfa allegiance was unanimous.
When I returned a few days later this wonderful circa 1958 – 62 2000 Spider by Touring was parked in the late Autumn sun.
I find it amazing so many different design houses created Alfas at this period and all ‘got’ the Alfa DNA.
Touring badges either side of the bonnet.
A close up of the front end.
And a closer look.
Thc circa 1960 – 63 Giulietta Sprint by Franco Scaglione for Bertone.
And its delicate badging. I hope you have enjoyed the ride!