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1973 Alfa Romeo Alfetta 1800 1a serie [116.09]

1973 Alfa Romeo Alfetta [116.09] in Full Circle, Movie, 1977 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: IT — Made for: GB

1973 Alfa Romeo Alfetta 1800 1a serie [116.09]

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zodiac SE

2012-05-18 16:38

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This should be an Alfa Romeo Alfetta with an 2,0 litre engine or bigger. Here're a few pictures http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Alfetta_FL1.jpg and http://www.polizia-penitenziaria.it/veicoli.asp?id_c=6 (for comparaison with the 1,8 and 1,6 smaller body at the top).

dsl SX

2012-05-18 16:51

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UK did not get Alfetta 2.0 until March 78, past film date, and was the largest engine over here. 1.6 started here April 75, but only ever with single headlights. So has to be 1.8, introduced Oct 73, slight blacker grille changes and over-riders from July 75, discontinued Aug 77. My guess is that this is earlier 73-5 grille.

zodiac SE

2012-05-19 22:57

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@dsl: I don't totally agree with you. My reasons for excluding the 1.6 and 1.8 litre versions was that they have chrome surrounding the head lights, where the 2.0 hasn't. And that I felt the 2.0 models slightly bigger than the 1.6/1.8 models.
Please have a look at this page http://www.twthieme.nl/AR-Models-13.html .
But the bumper of the car in question seems not to be original to any of the alternatives.

Edit: If I'm to understand the link correctly, the identification number is most unlikely [116.08] as that is for left hand cars, while [116.09] is for right hand cars.

-- Last edit: 2012-05-19 23:04:41

dsl SX

2012-05-19 23:49

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@zodiac - excellent website in your link. I'm using data on what was available and when in UK, which is narrower and shorter periods than elsewhere for some versions. This car can only be 77 or earlier from film date, so not 2.0; also seems that early 2.0 had rectangular lights, with round ones in UK only from Oct 82. So 1.8 becomes the only real possibility for a 77 film set in UK. As above, I guess the earliest version before July 75 small changes, but no problem if someone says July 75 onwards.

zodiac SE

2012-05-21 23:25

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@dsl: I was rather tired when I wrote the last comment. What I ment was that the [116.08] had the steering wheel on the left hand side, while the [116.09] had the steering wheel on the right hand side.
Were all Alfa-Romeo sold in Britain altered?

dsl SX

2012-05-21 23:39

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All normal UK Alfas would be RHD from the factory. IIRC some specialist ranges were sold here in LHD only - eg Montreal, ES 30 SZ/RZ, the recent 8C coupe and Spider, some of the Duetto and successor convertibles (although I think these had some periods of RHD availability as well). I don't mind if we start coding RHD Alfas differently - we do it for many UK-made Fords for instance and should be consistent if we can - and your website link shows some of the codes, but it probably means someone cleaning up a fair few UK entries and compiling a full list from sources. And if possible to confirm same applied for other RHD markets - eg Aus, NZ, J, ZA etc. ZA assembly and local versions (eg IIRC they did a unique 3-litre Alfetta GTV??) could disrupt things.

-- Last edit: 2012-05-22 14:12:18

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