The Alfasud's convoluted tale has rarely been appropriately told outside Italy, as English-speaking authors have generally stuck with a nauseating mix of unsubstantiated rumors and cheap jokes. Thankfully, author Chris Martin proves to be an exception and a very welcome one at that. The depth of his research on the topic is evident throughout the 176 pages of his book, which perfectly fulfills its title promise and can undoubtedly be regarded as the best English-language book available on this subject.
This is a welcome addition to the Alfasud canon because it is a comprehensive look at the history of the model, as well as setting the context for its development by including introductory chapters on the history of the company.
Its full of solid facts .. and perhaps, the most interesting aspects of this book are the descriptions of the political, industrial and quality problems that surrounded the car.
Everything you could possible want to know about Alfa's groundbreaking small car including the politics, the BMW-disguised prototypes, and the many aftermarket performance conversions. Utterly fascinating.