The car offered here represents a little known aspect of Alfa Romeo history: its collaboration with Renault, which saw the latter’s Dauphine saloon manufactured under license for the Italian market at Alfa’s Portello factory.
Conceived in the early 1950s as replacement for the 4CV, the Dauphine commenced production in December 1955. A bigger car than its predecessor, the Dauphine nevertheless followed the 4CV’s basic layout, with rear-mounted 845cc engine and independent suspension all round. The Dauphine remained in production until 1965, by which time it had become the first French car to sell more than two million units.
This particular car is the ‘Ondine’ model, which was slightly more luxurious than the Dauphine and came with a four-speed gearbox. The Italian-built version differed from the French by virtue of its Magneti-Marelli 12-volt electrics, different lights and ‘Alfa Romeo’ badging.
This Alfa Romeo Ondine comes to the sale with its Italian papers and it was part of an important Alfa Romeo collection. It comes to the sale to be finished to assembly the panels and the bumper that will come with the car. The engine is not locked and it was overlhaud. This is the opportunity to buy a very rare Alfa Romeo, the little one ever produced, with a restoration to ultimate. A proper collection car.