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At $29,500, Is This 1983 Alfa Romeo GTV6 A Bargain?

By on November 3, 2022 0
Nice Price or No Dice 1983 Alfa Romeo GTV6

There are two anomalies in today’s announcement Good price or no dice Alfa Romeo. One is price and the other is engine displacement. Let’s see if we can get to the bottom of both.

The festive season is upon us, and for many that means traveling to visit friends and family, often on rainy or snowy roads. How comfortable it would be to make these journeys in a car like yesterday’s 1998 Jeep Wrangler. Not only did it have Jeep’s reassuring part-time 4WD, but it also came with a snowplow for when the going gets dicey. At $6,000, many of you felt that was reasonable insurance against what the holiday season might bring. The result was a landslide 78% Nice Price win for the go-anywhere Jeep.

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The idea that you could “go anywhere” in today’s world 1983 Alfa Romeo GTV6 is a bit laughable. After all, old Alfas kind of have a reputation for not being able to get to and from the grocery store without something going wrong. Still, there’s a lot to love about a classic Alfa.

Namely, Jeremy Clarkson once claimed that owning an Alfa is the ticket to becoming a true car enthusiast. He followed that up a few years later with the tale of how his GTV6, a car much like this, dropped its driveshaft in the middle of aggressive driving. It was a failure that could have resulted in the car overturning on its roof as the escaping tree dug into the sidewalk.

Incidentally, the GTV’s driveshaft is secured at each end by a flexible rubber donut commonly known as a guibo, with a support bearing in the middle. It all connects the front-mounted engine to the rear-mounted fixed transaxle. The rear suspension wrapped around this transaxle is a semi-independent suspension by Dion configuration with inboard disc brakes for minimal unsprung weight at the wheels. The front suspension is a little less exotic, with A-arms and torsion bars for the springs.

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Alfa launched this chassis under the Alfetta saloon in 1972 and would use it under the GTV, Alfa 90 and subsequent 75/Milano model for the next two decades. The advantage of the layout is its nearly even weight distribution and the exceptional maneuverability it offers.

This GTV6 has another trick up its sleeve. As the 6 in its name indicates, it offers the impressive Busso V6, so named in honor of its chief engineer, Giuseppe Busso, who during his long career at Alfa also played a role in the company’s all-alloy DOHC four-four.

It is this engine that leads to the first gap that we find in the ad. According to the seller, who apparently lists the car on Craigslist for its owner, that engine is a 3.0-liter with the ad describing it as: “3.0 liter S cams”. This seems to go against the badging on the rear of the car which clearly indicates that it has a 2.5 liter engine. Which give?

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This is an important distinction as the difference between the two displacements is not just size but power, with the smaller engine rated at 153 horsepower and the larger giving around 30 more ponies. It’s worth noting that either engine will deliver an engaging ride and sound like Italian opera even if revved up slightly.

Leaving aside the engine issue for a moment, you can see from the ad that the car has no issues with its clutch or five-speed gearbox, the latter being another typical Alfa weak point. In fact, the seller goes so far as to call it “true driving pleasure” and says there’s not “a creak or rattle in the car.” Additionally, it is described as “enthusiast owned” and will come with its full service history. It also sports a clear title.

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Aesthetically it looks the part too. The paint (stop me red, naturally) appears to be in full working order, as is all the plastic trim, something Alfa seemed to brush onto their cars in the ‘80s. Inside there is even more plastic and although it might look a bit chintzy, it’s just how Alfa built them. The black leather trim goes incredibly well with the salacious red carpet too. Notably, there’s no stereo here that could take away from the glorious sounds that the engine and gearbox agree to make. Speaking of that engine, it looks clean enough to eat in the underhood pics of the ad. Yum!

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What does all this mean to anyone? Well, that brings us to the second announcement gap. In the title, the car is listed at $29,500. Incidentally, this is the price we use in our study. In the body of the ad, however, the seller oddly states “$35,500, get me closer to…” Near what? I do not want to know.

As I noted, we are using $29,500 as our target price and it is now up to you to weigh in both the comments and the vote on whether this seems like a fair price or not. What do you say, should this GTV6 go for that kind of money? Or, is that price too high, even as a ticket to real automotive enthusiasm?

You decide!

Spokane, Washington, craigslistwhere to go here if the ad disappears.

H/T to Jason McDowell for the hookup!

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