Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Mercedes-Benz - Mg - Gil­lian Car­moodie


This Sprint has only cov­ered 70,000 miles and, once warmed up, the 1490cc en­gine pulls well. Ac­cel­er­a­tion is brisk, with a healthy en­gine note. The bit­ing point on the clutch is quite high, but chang­ing through the five-speed man­ual gear­box is easy. The brakes bring the Sprint to a clean, straight stop with­out any jud­der or pull to ei­ther side, while the sus­pen­sion does its job with­out any ad­verse noises. De­spite no power as­sis­tance and a fair amount of torque steer to con­tend with, the Alfa’s han­dling re­mains bal­anced and free from play.


The body­work is in very good con­di­tion. It is com­pletely free from paint chips or scratches and en­hanced by bright green sport­ing trim and Clover­leaf in­serts. There are a few faint white marks on the outer sun­roof rub­ber and a slight crack to the rear side win­dow rub­ber on the driver’s side, but these can both be eas­ily ad­dressed. The driver’s door trim rub­ber re­quires at­ten­tion, be­ing slightly warped and mis­shapen, most likely due to age. How­ever, the glass and all other rub­bers around the car are free from cracks and as new, as are the black plastic front and rear bumpers, wipers, badges, door han­dles and grille. The sil­ver Speed­line wheels are un­marked and this Sprint has stan­dard tyres, as op­posed to more costly met­ric al­ter­na­tives and a healthy tread level is present on them.


The in­te­rior of this Sprint Clover­leaf is par­tic­u­larly strik­ing with its of­fer­ing of bright snooker-ta­ble green car­pet and black cloth seats with green di­a­mond de­tail­ing. All in­te­rior di­als work per­fectly. There is some ev­i­dence of damp hav­ing been in the cabin at some point, with some grey mould spots ev­i­dent on the back of the sun vi­sors, but this should clean up eas­ily. The door mir­ror ad­juster on the driver’s side lacks its black plastic cover but oth­er­wise this Alfa’s in­te­rior ap­pears to be com­plete.


The en­gine bay is clean, tidy and free from rust and cor­ro­sion, and the en­gine is keen to fire into life whether cold or warm. All flu­ids are at max­i­mum lev­els with no signs of leak­age. The pipes and wires re­main in good health and the electrics are in fine work­ing or­der. The orig­i­nal ser­vice book is stamped up to 69,800 miles (in 2010) and the car comes with its orig­i­nal hand­book.


This Alfa would be well suited to an en­thu­si­ast who will ap­pre­ci­ate its su­perb han­dling, ad­dic­tive en­gine note and bold de­sign. A Sprint Clover­leaf in this con­di­tion is now a rare but a stylish com­mod­ity. You’ll need to be savvy with the rust­proof­ing to keep it clean and solid, how­ever.

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