Resale Rossa: 1976 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT

In the early 1900’s before the days of mega sponsorships from international corporations, competitors worked from a standardized a list of racing colors that denoted the nation of the competing car.  Italy adopted it’s famous Red or Rosso, after a red Italia won the 1907 Paris to Peking race.  Ever since, owners of used Italian cars have been repainting their cars red hoping for a quick sale – like our next car that left Arese in Rosso Amaranto (burgundy), and ended up a faded tomato.  Find this 1976 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT for sale in Orange County, CA for $4,000 via craigslist.

The Alfetta is powered by the 2 liter version of Alfa’s venerable 4 cylinder.  Since this car is a California native, it retains the post 1975 emissions equipment that was grafted onto the Spica mechanical FI system.  Most non-emissions testing area cars have had it long since tossed.  Also, since the car was color changed, it sports a rattle-can black engine room.

Inside the factory steering wheel has been replaced by a fancy wood-rimmed one, presumably as the raccoons that have been living in the car prefer it over stock.

Out back, you can reverse up to the nearest swimming hole and perfect your diving, provided the water is deep enough.

Here’s the seller in their own typed words:

This california blue plate 1976 Alfetta Started Life As burgundy car! it has been repainted (a few times)! mechanically the car is sound. but aesthetically it is challenged! rust in normal places. rear hatch being the worst. a little rust around front windshield. starting to show rust on the bottom of the fenders, but the floor pans and trunk area is solid. someone at some point thought its a good idea to cut a hole in the roof and install a pop up sunroof! the motor is sound and healthy. 5-Speed transmission shifts through all gears with no grind. newer shocks. tires are about a year old with practically no miles. interior is original and unmolested with the exception of era correct Nardi steering wheel. fires right up and does not smoke. call david

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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s resident Alfista.