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post #16 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-03-2009, 10:58 AM
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I found the pic that I posted in post # 12 on the Italiaspeed forum.
And according to that source it is indeed the Minardi car.

By my knowledge, the Arna was sold officially in Italy, Switserland, the UK and Germany.

The car on the left in post #15 is indeed a swiss car. It was one of only 200 special built 'Arna Jubilé' cars. It was created by the Swiss Alfa importer (and therefore only available in Switserland) to celebrate Alfa's 75th birthday. It was based on the 5-door Arna SL or the 1.3 TI. The car differs from the standard cars through colour painted bumpers, rear view mirrors and radiator grill. On the sides, striping is added. The car is only available in the color ‘Grigio Nisida metallizzatto’.

L indicates only that it is a 3-door car...except in the case of the 1.3 SL were both 3 and 5-door version were called SL. That 1.3 SL never was available in Italy.
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Alfaman75, the picture you posted is indeed the Martino Minardi Arna TI. The picture is coming from a black & white sales/promotion brochure from this vehicle. I hope somebody on this forum has more information / pictures on this interesting vehicle?
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The car on the left in post #15 is indeed a swiss car. It was one of only 200 special built 'Arna Jubilé' cars. It was created by the Swiss Alfa importer (and therefore only available in Switserland) to celebrate Alfa's 75th birthday.
Aaah! It looks like I didn't remember the whole story. I only recalled that the owner saying the TI was only available in Switzerland -- but it was probably the TI Jubilé and I missed or forgot about the 'Jubilé' aspect, but the sign in the windshield does indicate it is based on a TI.
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According to an article in the Dutch Alfa Romeo Owners Club (SCARB) magazine 'Het Klaverblaadje' (no. 121, 2008-Q1) owns the Swiss collector Axel Marx an Arna Ti Jubilé. Pictures show the same color scheme and striping. The Jubilé livery was exclusively marketed in Switzerland, and had light alloy wheels, foglights, rear spoiler, bumpers and mirrors in body color and a striping (as visible in the pic above) as extras. The name Jubilé referred to the 75th anniversary of Alfa Romeo.

The funny part is that Marx sometimes uses the Arna (a three door model) when going to his work at the hospital, parking it between the X5s and Cayennes.

The Arna was imported in the Netherlands too, not officially but by a dealer in Tilburg. Only two survive, although one has been in bits and pieces as a long term restoration project and the other one recently failed the annual safety check.

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Alfaman75, the picture you posted is indeed the Martino Minardi Arna TI. The picture is coming from a black & white sales/promotion brochure from this vehicle. I hope somebody on this forum has more information / pictures on this interesting vehicle?
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Can you please scan and post or PM me the other pages of this sales brochure?

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Can you please scan and post or PM me the other pages of this sales brochure?

Thanks in advance!
Me too please. Thanks!
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What's the dashboard? Nissan or Alfa? I recall the steering wheel was Alfa yes?

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There were at least two Arnas in New Zealand. I remember seeing them - one brown in Amberley (outside Christchurch) in the early 90s and the other Red in the North Island. My parents had the standard Nissan Pulsar 1.3 two door at the same time I had a Sud - the pulsar was light, poor handling and simply awful. The Sud was a much more capable vehicle.

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This is our Arna 1.5 Ti winning the UK AROC national concours a few week ago,the only one left in the UK!
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Great, congrats on winning the concorso!

Why don't you bring it over to the Spettacolo Sportivo, September 17/18 at Zandvoort?
www.spettacolosportivo.eu

I'd love to see it IRL!

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There were at least two Arnas in New Zealand. I remember seeing them - one brown in Amberley (outside Christchurch) in the early 90s and the other Red in the North Island. My parents had the standard Nissan Pulsar 1.3 two door at the same time I had a Sud - the pulsar was light, poor handling and simply awful. The Sud was a much more capable vehicle.
In Denmark the Pulsar was the Cherry, sold in 1,3 and 1,5 and for a short wile 1,5 Turbo. I had a Turbo for a short wile, it had harder and lowered springs, gas shockers and much wider wheels, and it hold the road rather well. Even with the wider wheels it was a bit of a handfull on damp roads, but great fun in a straight line. But it was nothing compaired to the Sud (but a lot more reliable and rusted in 5 years, the Suds came new rusty). The ARNA was never sold in DK.
Soon after the Cherry I had a Fiat Uno Turbo, it was great fun and a bomb that you could really throw round. Like a '80s Mini Cooper, other motorist got very long faces when you came blasting past.
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Axel's TI 3 door is surely a Jubileč (as you can se in several pics of the Salvetti's "100x100" exposition in 2010). I saw it several times, one of the last during the annual december RIAR meeting.

It's no true no japan cars were sold in Italy. Was possible to import only "some" (don't remember limit) cars.

Don't forget Fiat opposition to the project Alfasud. The same is for Arna. So how Alfasud (before) and Arna (suddendly) have a bad fame due the project and the car and how about the press opinions (quite managed by Turin) and so on?
Cherry/Pulsar was an honest car, in Italy Arna was offered at a price similar to the Fiat Uno having richest equipment, a better engine, and being an higher level class. You can see few Arna rusted, often you see a rusted 33.
Surely, "ugly" to be an Alfa. But we saw, and still see, "ugly" cars. What about the Austin Maestro/Montego, the Peugeot 309 and so on? Nice cars??? Mmmmmmm
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What's the dashboard? Nissan or Alfa? I recall the steering wheel was Alfa yes?
The steering wheel is the same of the 3 door (and Ti) Alfasud 3rd serie.
In the "Cherry Europe" the center changed (better: only the plastic inside part, with the name "Nissan" instead than Alfa Romeo logo).
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Arna stuff

Heres a couple of photos from the AROC stand at the NEC show last year

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