Hear The Air!

I always have time for rectilinear Alfas.

1972 Alfa Romeo 2000

This is a lovely 1972 Alfa Romeo 2000 with classical Bertone tailoring. I had a chat with the owner who had it restored, a childhood dream-car. What was delightful was seeing it move: a relaxed amble and a cheerful sway. 

The interior deserves some attention: many later, bigger saloons are not as inviting.

1972 Alfa Romeo 2000 rear seats.

The ashtray is a bit awkwardly placed.

1972 Alfa Romeo 2000 berlina driver’s seat.

This ashtray is perfectly placed.

…not so good lighting.

Caterham and Morgan make a steady living producing old-school roadsters. The Rolls-Royce way is also about long production runs (a decade is typical). The berlina here makes me ask if there is a similar market for a traditionally arranged small saloon with the same driver set-up.

The advent of electric power-trains might make such a car easier to engineer with regard to crash performance: the solid lump of the ICE engine is not needed so the whole forward section could be given over to a crumple zone. That the car would be a leisure toy obviates the range problem and the driven-wheels could be a selectable parameter.

Since the car isn’t selling on novelty it need not require much more than gradual revisions which also means built-in obsolescence would not gnaw at resale value. Thus the initial sale price could be relatively high.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

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