Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina

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This article is about the Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina and Alfa Romeo 2000 Berlina saloons. For the 1750/2000 GT Veloce coupé, see Alfa Romeo 105/115 Series Coupés. For the 1750/2000 Spider Veloce roadster, see Alfa Romeo Spider.
Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina
Alfa Romeo 2000 Berlina
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Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina
Overview
Manufacturer Alfa Romeo
Production 1968–1977
Assembly Italy: Arese, Milan
South Africa: Rosslyn, Gauteng
Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro at Bertone
Body and chassis
Class Executive car
Body style 4-door saloon
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Related Alfa Romeo Giulia
Powertrain
Engine 1.8 L Twin Cam I4
2.0 L Twin Cam I4
Transmission 5-speed manual
3-speed ZF automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,350 mm (93 in)
Length 4,390 mm (173 in)
Width 1,565 mm (61.6 in)
Kerb weight 1750: 1,108 kg (2,443 lb)
2000: 1,175 kg (2,590 lb)
Chronology
Successor Alfa Romeo Alfetta

The Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina and Alfa Romeo 2000 Berlina (both 105 series) are executive cars produced by Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo from 1968 to 1977. Berlina is the Italian for saloon car (or sedan). Both cars had Alfa Romeo twin cam inline-four engines; the 1.8-litre 1750 Berlina was made between 1968 and 1971, when it was phased out in favour of the improved 2.0-litre 2000 Berlina.

1750 Berlina[edit]

The 1.8-litre engined 1750 series cars were introduced by Alfa Romeo in 1968. The 1750 Berlina saloon was presented to the international press in January 1968 in Vietri sul Mare (Salerno), together with the 1750 GT Veloce coupé and Spider Veloce.[1][2] Some days later it was displayed at the Brussels Motor Show.[3]

The 1750 Berlina was based on the existing Giulia saloon, which continued in production. The 1750 was meant to top the saloon range, above the 1,300 cc and 1,600 cc versions of the Giulia. In the United States, however, the Giulia saloon ceased to be available and was entirely replaced by the 1750 Berlina.

In contrast to the Giulia, the 1750s had reworked bodywork and bigger engine, shared many parts with other concurrent models in the Alfa Romeo range, but sold much less units during their production span.

The 1750 bodyshell had a longer wheelbase than the Giulia, and revised external panels, but it shared many of the same internal panels. The windscreen was also the same. The revisions were carried out by Bertone, and while it resembled the Giulia some of that vehicle's distinctive creases were smoothed out, and there were significant changes to the trim details. The car's taillights were later used on the De Tomaso Longchamp.[4]

The car has a 1,779 cc twin-carb engine and hydraulic clutch. The 1.8 L engine produced 118 PS (87 kW; 116 hp) with two twin sidedraught carburettors. For the US market the 1750 was equipped with SPICA fuel injection.

In 1971, the 1750 Berlina was fitted with an experimental three-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The model designation was 1750A Berlina. According to official Alfa Romeo archives, 252 units were produced with very few surviving to this day. Some of 1750A Berlina didn't have the model plate with production date embossed. The automatic gearbox wasn't well-suited to the four-cylinder motor due to baulky shifting and ill-chosen gear ratio. Because of this, its fuel consumption was frighteningly high and acceleration was a bit too slow.

During 1971 the 1750 series was superseded across the Alfa Romeo range by the 2000 series; at the top of the saloon line, the 1750 Berlina gave way to the 2000 Berlina.[5] Some 83 final 1750 Berlinas were assembled in 1972.[6] A direct replacement in the 1.8-litre saloon class came that same year, in the form of the all-new Alfa Romeo Alfetta.

1968 Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina

2000 Berlina[edit]

Alfa Romeo 2000 Berlina

The Alfa Romeo 2000 Berlina was produced by Alfa Romeo between 1971 and 1977. The engine was bored and stroked out to 1,962 cc. A different grill distinguishes 2000 from 1750. Also, external lights were different between the models. The 1750 had 7 inch diameter outboard headlights, whereas the 2000 had 5 3/4 inch diameter in all four positions. The tail light clusters were also of a simpler design on the 1750.[7] With two carburetors, this 2 litre Alfa Romeo Twin Cam engine produces 132 PS (97 kW; 130 hp). Top speed was 200 km/h (124 mph) and 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration took 9 seconds. In USA this engine was equipped with mechanical fuel injection. Gearbox was 5-speed manual (also 3-speed automatic on some versions).

In 1977 the Alfetta 2000, a two-litre upmarket Alfetta version, replaced the 2000 Berlina. The 2000 Berlina was produced in 89,840 examples, of which 2.200 units fitted with automatic gearboxes.[8]

Production[edit]

Version Year of production Production nr.
1750 Berlina series 1 1968–1969 49.987
1750 Berlina series 2 1969–1971 40.759
1750 Berlina Injection 1969–1971 11.137
1750A Berlina 1971 252
2000 Berlina 1971–1977 87.640
2000A Berlina 1971–1977 2.200
Total
Note:Unofficial data
191.972

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bernabò, Ferruccio (14 January 1968). "Le nuove Alfa Romeo 1750 presentate ieri in Italia". La Stampa (in Italian). p. 12. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Fusi 1978, p. 655.
  3. ^ Doglio, Sandro (18 January 1968). "Novità da tutto il mondo al Salone di Bruxelles". La Stampa (in Italian). p. 17. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Longchamp Parts Cross Reference". home.comcast.net. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  5. ^ "Alfa Romeo Berlina". carsfromitaly.net. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  6. ^ Fusi 1978, p. 870.
  7. ^ "Alfa Romeo Berlina Register". berlinaregister.com. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  8. ^ "Alfa Bulletin Board". alfabb.com. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 

References[edit]

  • Fusi, Luigi (1978). Alfa Romeo—Tutte le vetture dal 1910—All cars from 1910 (3rd ed.). Milan: Emmeti Grafica editrice. pp. 656–664, 715–718 868–870. 

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