This car E21 is interesting more for what we’re not seeing rather than what we are. What’s missing are side marker lights, enormous DOT-spec bumpers and the single exhaust that came stock on the North America cars. This is a Euro-spec grey market 323i, the 320i’s evil and better-looking twin. It has a 2.3 liter fuel injected inline 6 mated to the factory dual exhaust. Beyond that, the tourmaline green paint and Alpina-style alloys check all the right boxes.
For a period of 5 years starting in 1978 the US government issued a massive recall of the Fiat 850 for rust issues. Presumably those examples that weren’t pulled from the road in the recall likely fell victim to the rust-proofing, because today these are few to be found. The rear-mounted 843cc engine produced a whopping 49 horsepower, pushing the car to speeds of nearly 90mph.
Street-parked on Tiffany Street. San Francisco, CA.
The Alfa Romeo 105 series coupés were the successor to the famed Giulietta coupés. Designed by Giorgetto Guigiaro as one of his first projects for Bertone. This example has the optional ‘turbina’ style wheels, designed in reference to the inlet of a jet engine. And a good parking brake.