Always known for their sporting ability and pedigree the first officially imported passenger cars arrived in 1953, with the usual typically upright but charismatic saloons and attractive coupes complemented with potent engines. The majority of the early (now very scarce) imports were only available in LHD and it wasn’t until 1963 when RHD imports started did the sales become noticeable. Sales have dipped and peaked over the years but almost every single Alfa has driver appeal.
The Alfasud was the first FWD car for the company, and opened up the small car market for the company. The first examples were built in 1971, UK models arrived in 1973 with the Sprint coupe imports starting in 1976 until 1989. The Sud became a hatchback in 1981.
The replacement for the Alfasud arrived in 1983, the Alfa Romeo 33 carried over the Alfasud floorpan, chassis and drivetrain. It was available as a 5 door hatchback and estate.
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta was a series of small family cars made from 1954 to 1965, limited UK imports started in 1955. Somewhat typically there were several models based on the original saloon, a coupe and cabriolet as well as Zagato bodied versions.
The Giulietta was small executive saloon, produced from 1977 to 1985, with imports starting in 1978. The distinctive rear design was noted for its short boot with a integrated spoiler. It left the factory in just one body style, a 4 door saloon.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia was a sports saloon range available with 1.3 and 1.6 Litre engines. The range also included the Coupes built from 1962 to 1978, although UK imports stopped in 1976.
The Alfa Romeo Junior Z was produced from 1969 to 1976, and deigned by Zagato.
The long lived Alfa Romeo Spider is a roadster produced from 1966 to 1994, it owes much of its development and engineering to the Giulia models.
The 1968 1750 and 2000 saloons were based on the Giulia saloons, with updated styling and bigger engines. The saloons were phased out in 1977.
The Alfa Romeo Alfetta is an executive saloon car and introduced in 1972, it was followed by the GT and GTV fastback coupes two years later. Imports of the saloon ended in 1986. When production of the coupe ended in 1987, it ended the brands association with coupes until the new GTV arrived in 1993.
The 1985 Alfa Romeo 75 was a compact executive 5 door hatchback, to replace the Giulietta. It was the last model released before Alfa Romeo was acquired by Fiat.
The Alfa Romeo 90 was a short lived executive car produced as a 4 door saloon between 1984 and 1987, with UK imports starting in 1985.
The 1970 Alfa Romeo Montreal was based on the Giulia Sprint GT, but launched as a flagship model for the brand. Imported from 1970, RHD cars arrived in 1974. production stopped in 1977.