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Hey folks, Some of you might have heard of Biba's (of Biba's Restorations in Irwindale, Ca) ill health and passing in the past few weeks. He was a fairly active AlfaBB member and a long time Alfa fanatic. His family held an estate sale at his shop recently and I was able to acquire many good parts at that sale but a few days later I was at my desk sipping very strong coffee and I stumbled across an ad for what appeared to be a very solid 1975 Alfetta. Being smog exempt here in SoCal I was immediately interested and off to Beverly Hills Car Club to inspect. I am always extra skeptical when looking at cars there since they have a fairly bad reputation but I was very happy to find that this Alfetta was in fantastic condition! Very solid and rust free with some interesting parts on it too. It was only this morning that I put 2 and 2 together and realized I had purchased Biba's actual car.

I have to say that I am honored to be able to be the next caretaker and I plan on some subtle changes to the car that will still pay respect to it's previous owner. If anyone happens to know more about this car, I'd love to hear it. It is registered as a 1975, but I believe it is a later car and probably wasn't born with small bumpers. VIN is ar1161500010XX.

It is an interesting car because it has SS bumpers with non integrated indicators, grafted in GTV6 power windows and mirrors, vented front brakes, non sunroof car, etc.

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This has me wondering what the earliest year was that Alfettas came to USA? I can't seem to find solid information on Alfetta variations through the production run.

From what I gather:
Early cars had carbs, integrated lights, SS bumpers and a fuel flap.
Late cars had Spica, big bumpers with hanging indicators, threaded fuel cap and refreshed interior.
But there seems to be a Mid car that had SS bumpers with hanging indicators (such as this car).

Input appreciated.
 

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This has me wondering what the earliest year was that Alfettas came to USA? I can't seem to find solid information on Alfetta variations through the production run.

From what I gather:
Early cars had carbs, integrated lights, SS bumpers and a fuel flap.
Late cars had Spica, big bumpers with hanging indicators, threaded fuel cap and refreshed interior.
But there seems to be a Mid car that had SS bumpers with hanging indicators (such as this car).

Input appreciated.
I like the rims. I just changed my'79 to 5 lug.
 

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Alfettas (75 model year) first came to the US in the second half of 1975. SPICA and big bumpers from the beginning.
For the 75 and 76 model years, only the CA cars had cats; after that they all had cats.
 

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This has me wondering what the earliest year was that Alfettas came to USA? I can't seem to find solid information on Alfetta variations through the production run.
Congratulations on the purchase Dorian.
Your Alfetta GT was born as shown in this photo. This is taken from a 1975 sales brochure for North America. With this, you can get an idea of the changes Biba made to your car.

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Thanks guys. I'm very excited to have this little car, I somehow forgot that the production date on the data plate says 10/1975, so its truly a 1975/1976 car.

I absolutely love these chassis and I think they are gorgeous cars. Though I service a couple of customer 116's I had forgotten how lovely these cars are to drive, I always refer to 116's as "engineers cars" because they require a "special hand" to work on (and drive too)!

My ultimate dream 116 would have the recessed euro indicators but this will do for now, extra cool that it was Biba's. Maybe one day I'll source and convert it to euro front end, if anyone has the parts I'd be very interested. I have been hoarding no less that four sets of 4x98 wheels for a long time and it is nice to able to finally use them! First up is a set of 14x6 Momo Vegas which are going on this weekend but I have 14" and 15" Ronal A1's, Mille Miglias as well :). I think this car needs to stay "period correct" so I will probably delete the gtv6 mirrors and might try to take it back to manual crank windows, etc.

As for Alfettas: Since all USA cars had big bumpers, which cars had SS bumpers with hanging indicators? There are lots of pictures on the web of Alfettas with the same configuration as mine.
 

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No USA car had SS bumpers. All had “rubber buggy bumpers” with suspended marker lights. Lots of people have sourced the SS bumpers from Europe. Getting the inset mounted markers is easy; installing them takes either skill with a cutter or a replacement front underneath clip (available but HTF). So most pics you see have the markers “custom mounted”. Don’t think they were ever hung that way at the factory.
And good luck! It’s a beauty!!
 

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One more thing. Shankle used to sell replacement bumpers. I thought they were fiberglass, and they had the suspended markers like you have. Are you sure your bumpers are steel?
 

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First off, congrats on Biba's Alfetta. I remember Biba as a very active and passionate BB member back in the day concerning the 116 chassis and other Alfas he was working on.

20 years ago I converted a 79 Alfetta GT (nee Sprint Veloce) to stainless bumpers and had to add the hanging front turn signals to the bumper as I didn't have the cash/time/parts for the Euro front facia with the integrated turn signals. I shoulda kept that car....
 
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Very cool find, more photos would be great.
 

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Sorry to hear of Biba's passing. He was a man of strong opinions, but willing to share what he knew. He was never afraid to admit he did not know this or that and was willing to learn. Another Alfisti that I won't get to meet...
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I chose a set of those rims for my GTV6 project car too. They are called Teledials and came on A-R 147 and 156 models in Europe that we never saw over here. Available in 15, 16, and 17" sizes. I got my 16s thru a friend in Ireland. So Biba must have wanted that style badly enough to change out the 4 stud hubs and order them from Europe.

Great looking Alfetta!
 

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In my experience, generally there were two US series of Alfetta Coupes.

The Alfetta GT had VINs starting in:
1975 AR*11629*000*0001 - 2299
1976 AR*11629*000*2300 - 4768

The Alfetta Sprint Veloce and had VINs starting in:
1976 AR*11615*0000001 - 1952
1977 AR*11615*0001953 - 2587
1978 AR*11615*0002588 - 4999
1979 AR*11615*0005000 - 7000

The engines had either AR029*000000 or AR015*000000, respectively.
However, I found that some model years were assigned at time of first registration date instead of the manufacture date. There was a major recall for the driveshaft, between
VINs starting in:
1976 AR*11629*000*3525 - 4768
1977 AR*11615*000*1953 - 2587
 

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The above car is a 11615 with a production date of 10/75 so your start date is a bit off. @vespam5, based on your VIN your car would be one of the first 99 sold in CA. From a previous thread:
Identification of this Alfetta



Hello Nick,

According to the book 'Alfa Romeo Production Cars' by d'Amico and Tabucchi, second edition published in 2007 by Giunti/Giorgio Nada, this chassisnumber belonged to an Alfetta GTV 2000 destined for the United States market. It would have been called a 'Sprint Veloce' in the USA, as far as I can find out.

According to this book, the following chassisnumbers were meant for the US:

1975 116.29 0001011 up to 0003100 with engine type 01629 (1962 cc)
1975 116.15 0001001 up to 0001250 with engine type 01615 (1962 cc)

1976 116.15 0001251 up to 0002587

1977 116.15 0003001 up to 0003550

1978 116.15 0003351 up to 0004377 and
1978 116.15 0005001 up to 0006500

1979 116.15 0006251 up to 0006650

1980 - 1985 116.15 0006651 up to 0010000

You may contact Alfa Romeo to get more info on the car.

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No USA car had SS bumpers. All had “rubber buggy bumpers” with suspended marker lights. Lots of people have sourced the SS bumpers from Europe. Getting the inset mounted markers is easy; installing them takes either skill with a cutter or a replacement front underneath clip (available but HTF). So most pics you see have the markers “custom mounted”. Don’t think they were ever hung that way at the factory.
And good luck! It’s a beauty!!
Another option would be integrating LEDs into the bumpers themselves. That's what I did...

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