Vehicle Data sheet: No. 010

VIN: AS*5008573*904A

Tipo: 904A1 Furgone

 
       
  Manufacturing date: 17-February-1978 Manufacturing location: Pomigliano d'Arco Italy  
  Alfa Romeo sales date: Not applicable, internal usage Sold to: Internal  
  First registration date: Unknown First registration where: Italy  
  Vehicle status: Under restoration (status Jul.'11) Country currently residing: Netherlands  
  Original body colour: Rosso Alfa (AR130) Current body colour: See original  
  Original interior colour: Black Current interior colour: See original  
  Original upholstery colour: Black Current upholstery colour: See original  
  Original upholstery type: Full imitation leather Current upholstery type: See original  
  Original engine: AS30102 1186cc (1200cc) single carb. Current engine: See original  
     
  Vehicle history: One of the few carrozzeria Moderna Furgone vehicles. This vehicle was originally used by Alfa Romeo in the Arese factory to transport parts etcetera. After 2 years the vehicle was registered as a road vehicle and sold by an Alfa Romeo dealer. The second owner painted the vehicle white. It had a tough second life. After the second owner found the vehicle no longer useful it was left in quite poor state as can be seen on some pictures below. The third owner was an Italian gentlemen from Milan. He restored the vehicle to its original condition except for the decals and used it to his full satisfaction.

Here is an extract from an e-mail communication between the the third Italian owner and a well known Dutch Alfasud expert;

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What a surprise!!!!! My Van.....it's in the same conditions when I sold it, except for the front bumper; I recognize the same radio, the wooden shift knob and the little patchwork on the dashboard: WOW !!!! The time we're stopped ???

 

"I was told it was used on the factory ground of Alfa Romeo in Naples, is that correct?"
This "one off" van was made by Alfasud in Pomigliano and born in Nov.'78 as Giardinetta (rosso AR 530); was assigned at Alfa Romeo Arese factory (but Portello/via Gallarate, 45 -MILANO registered...) and there modified in van, with another Giardinetta modified as pick-up only for Arese internal use, and homologate in Feb.'79 for road circulation like small truck in only one piece.
They're used for fast deliveries from Arese to Balocco and stay in Filiale Alfa Romeo di Torino about two years; solded at an authorized Alfa Romeo workshop in 1991 and, one week before his demolition, bought by me (1993) for 250.000 lire (about today 125,00 Euro) and completely overhauled. I remember this car like a little big van, indestructible, fast and very funny on mountain roads and extremely easy to maintenance.

 

Why did you sell it, and how did it end up in the Netherlands??
I've sold my van for a chronic need of space: in the same period I've sold a '69 Innocenti Mini Minor and a '64 Alfa Romeo 2 van (ex Italian Military Air Force ambulance) and I remember very well the Sunday morning (06.30 a.m.) when the Alfasud was charged on car carrier and started with other eight old various cars to Holland: SIGH !!

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As you can see in the e-mail extract above that it is a miracle that the vehicle still exist today. The previous owner states it as a one-off vehicle made by Alfa Romeo, but it's more probable that it's one of the few vehicles made by carrozzeria Moderna. The fact that during the restoration process in the nineties in Italy the remains of the "standard" Alfa Romeo stickers appeared supports this estimation. From 1998 till 2002 the car was in use as a service vehicle for the Dutch Alfa Romeo specialist van Neerijnen. In 2002 it was bought by it's current owner who is slowly restoring it.

 
 

Italian road registration papers.

 

Italian road registration papers.

 

 
 

Vehicle condition after tough second life. Body repainted in white. Picture taken in 1993 by third owner.

 

 

Vehicle condition after tough second life. Body repainted in white. Picture taken in 1993 by third owner.

 

 
 

Vehicle condition after tough second life. Body repainted in white. Picture taken in 1993 by third owner.

Vehicle condition after tough second life. Body repainted in white. Picture taken in 1993 by third owner.

 
 

Vehicle in restoration process. Picture taken by third owner. Original decals shining through 

 

Vehicle in restoration process. Picture taken by third owner. 

 

 
 

Vehicle in restoration process. Picture taken by third owner.

 

Vehicle after extensive restoration process of third Italian owner in beautiful condition.

 

 
 

In use as a service vehicle for Alfa Romeo specialist "van Neerijnen" in the Netherlands. Picture taken by Dutch Alfasud expert.

In use as a service vehicle for Alfa Romeo specialist "van Neerijnen" in the Netherlands. Picture taken by Dutch Alfasud expert.

 
 

Vehicle at Dutch Alfa Romeo Club event at Zandvoort racing ciruit when it was still owned by its first Dutch owner "van Neerijnen".

   
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