The S1 Ti I purchased from Sydney Australia in October arrived by container in the UK before Xmas.
A friend collected the car for me from Southampton as I was out of the UK. I went to see the car in the metal down in Hampshire for the first time on Sunday 28.12.14.
Purchasing cars from overseas unseen, relying on vendor supplied photos is a high risk business at the best of times.
I realise now that I was very lucky to be able to buy this car as I was originally the under bidder for it in an Ebay auction. When the winning bidder failed to complete the purchase I was approached by the vendor to ask if I would be interested to make an offer. In the event I was able to negotiate a significantly reduced price compared to what had been chalked up on Ebay
Having seen the car I am really pleased with it, and very relieved it has not turned out to be a lemon. The car is honestly best described as a time warp, being as complete and original as any S1 Ti I have seen for sale in the last 20 years.
Interior is amazing, perfect dash, near perfect door cards, rear cards, headlining, seats, carpets, centre console, under-dash shelf etc. How a flimsy Alfasud interior managed to survive for 38 years in hot, humid and dusty Australia to remain in virtually showroom condition is a wonder to behold. It must have been kept garaged all its life as well as being driven carefully and sparingly by its one retired lady owner. It was stored from 1999 until 2011 when the person I bought it from purchased it from a deceased estate, which no doubt helped preserve it.
Bodywork is very good overall with nothing but light surface rust found anywhere underneath. There are some minor paint defects/damage but nothing too serious. It seems to have had a partial re spray/blow over in the past 3 years due to faded paint. The only fly in the ointment is evidence of a bump in the front slam panel which was poorly repaired. The bonnet is a welded hinge S1 and the grille is undamaged so it looks like an old repair, but I will need to fit a new slam panel to get it up to the standard of the rest of the car. The previous owner cut out access holes in the front and rear chassis legs/wheel arches and removed all the foam filling despite there being no signs of rust. Pretty neatly done but I will be improving the finish to make the welds where the panel cut-outs were fitted back and painted over invisible when I have time. Other small things are a missing/damaged "Ti" roof sticker, minor bumper corner damage, cracks in the lower edge of the front spoilers from the shipping container ropes, one outer headlamp with corroded reflector, various exterior fixings, plastic plugs, clips etc. that are non original, damaged or missing. Luckily I have collected up a large stock of Sud parts (including many S1 Ti) over the years and believe I have most of what is required to get the car into what I hope will be show condition.
Some interesting unique features of the specification to meet Australian type approval rules include; a single Weber carb with automatic choke system, a blanking plug under the steering column where the choke control would normally be, a belt driven thermactor (smog) pump next to the alternator, a large black upright canister made by Fispa containing the smog filter - located next to the smog pump near the front bumper mounting, a dimmer switch for the instrument cluster, a parking brake on light next to the hazard warning switch under the dash. There is also a label on the headlining for tyre pressures and vehicle weights as well as riveted aluminium plates under bonnet referring to various Australian certifications.
I will post further on the Forum as work to cosmetically refurbish the car progresses over the next few months.
I am aiming to get the car registered and MOT'd for UK use ASAP with a view to having many of the easily sorted issues fixed in time for Spring Alfa Day. The event takes place on Sunday 26th April at RAF Duxford according to the announcement on the AROC website. Hopefully, there will be a good turn out of Series 1's Ti's on the day.
Here are some pics of the Ti taken on Sunday: