Sprint in the Slush: 1988 Alfa Romeo Sprint Quadrifoglio Verde

alfasprint4 What do you think would be the kind of car least likely to be seen daily driven in a salted, slushy environment? Anything Italian, knocking on 30 years would be a likely answer, and seeing this Alfa Romeo Sprint parked at a mall was certainly weird. Kudos to the owner for keeping it going, no matter what it takes. The Sprint was born under the Alfasud program, and it was developed further to tie in with the successor, the 33. It survived until 1989, but was not renewed when the 33 was redesigned. alfasprint3 The long overhang exaggerates the rake of the car, but the front end does ride quite low compared to the short, stubby rear. I love these cars, and I see them all too rarely, even in summertime. That’s why I was enormously excited to see one right now, at this time of the year. alfasprint2 The car is badged with a cloverleaf, which would denote it to be a Quadrifoglio Verde. The plate info says it’s a 1.5-litre car, and the QV spec raises the horsepower reading from 95 to 105. There was also a 1.7-litre car on offer, and those had about 10 horsepower more. alfasprint6 alfasprint1 The detailing on this car is lovely. Inside, there are plushly bolstered cloth seats and a three-spoke steering wheel: perfect 1980s Alfa Romeo. alfasprint

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