Dooley’s ’Sud to be auctioned at Silverstone

| 18 Apr 2012

The ex-Jon Dooley Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti, which came third in the 1981 British Saloon Car Championship and first in it class, could be yours for just £10-15,000.

A barn find, the Alfa will go under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ spring sale at Silverstone Circuit on 16 May.

The auction house’s managing director Nick Whale said: “Apart from its race credentials it also comes with a fascinating history. Jon Dooley enjoyed great success with this Alfasud and there’s no reason the new owner won’t do likewise.”

See Silverstone Auctions press release:

The shell of this particular model actually started life as a road car for Jon Dooley. However, following a big accident in his old car at Oulton Park all the running was moved over from the wrecked car to his everyday transport ’Sud, which became the basis of the new race car. This is the model now offered for auction.

It never looked back until it was eventually retired in 1986. During that time it was raced by Jon Dooley until 1982 before he moved on to racing his GTV6. However, he did return one last time to his Alfasud at Mallory and enjoyed a class win.

After a few years rest, a Group A 1500 engine was fitted and it was given a final outing in the 1986 Championship round at the Grand Prix meeting at Brands Hatch when it finished a very creditable fourth in its class.

It is still fitted with a 1500cc engine but the original 1300cc Group 1-1/2 race engine and some of the original ‘1300cc’ bodywork panels are also included with the car.