Alfa Romeo Alfasud
The ‘Sud was a brave effort for its maker – a new factory, new engines, new front-wheel drive platform, and one of the most inspirational mass-market chassis ever put together. But poor build quality and industrial strife conspired to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Sound familiar?
Keith Adams THE MAJOR players in the car industry were making giant strides in 1971. In the mid-market, Ford had been doing all the running with its ultra-successful Cortina and Escort – conservative cars produced to meet the demands of fleet buyers. Mechanical straightforwardness was seen as a positive advantage – fleet managers had been [...]
Seven of the best The Triumph TR7 was misunderstood when new and lacked a certain something, but has since emerged as one of the classic car industry’s most enduring starter cars. But Keith Adams wonders if cheap parts and simple mechanics are enough to make the TR7 a better bet than the vivacious Italian opposition… [...]
Words: Clive Goldthorp Photographs: Michael Callaghan Any AROnline readers who have read the mini-biographies on our Contact Us page will know that the other famous automotive ‘AR’, Alfa Romeo, has a place in my heart. The Alfa Romeo and BMC>MG stories share a number of interesting historical parallels: the companies were both Government-owned for significant [...]