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  •   Quentin Willson reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    Car #Alfa-Romeo-Alfetta-GTV-2000
    Year of manufacture #1981
    Recorded mileage 33,416
    Asking price £13,000
    Vendor Attington Classics, Thame, Oxfordshire

    WHEN IT WAS NEW
    Price £8150
    Max power 132bhp
    Max torque 131lb ft
    0-60mph 8.9 secs
    Top speed 118mph
    Mpg 23.5

    This #GTV is a rare thing as a four-cylinder car – and scarcer still in this amazing rot-free condition. Ziebarted from new, it was put away when just a couple of years old following the death of its first owner, and has only relatively recently been back on the road with its nominally third keeper. Pleasingly, it has its original keyfob, manual, service book and Alfaplus service folder, plus the dealer sticker in the back window. The body is smart, the paint has been freshened up and it has just been Dinitrolled underneath again. There’s a hint of a repair under the paint by the offside rear light, but otherwise it’s excellent. The stainless rear bumper is fine, the front has evidence of straightening but looks good, and there are small dings in the rain gutter trims. The alloys have been refurbished, and wear new #Michelin Energy tyres with the old XVS on the spare. Remarkably, the gas strut still supports the tailgate – and even gently opens it for you.

    The motor is tidy, with no leaks, its coolant clear blue and the oil dark, but to ‘Max’. There’s a fresh-looking master cylinder to go with the rebuilt rear calipers, and electronic ignition was fitted last year. There are no leaks from the transaxle, plus the rear discs and driveshaft gaiters look sound.

    Inside, the carpets are slightly faded but the dash is perfect, with the usual Alfa fit and finish to the steering column shroud. The velour edging to the driver’s seat is worn, but the headlining is mint. The gearknob top has faded to white, but they all did that early in their lives. Being a UK-market car, it has the speedo and not the rev counter directly in front of the driver.

    It starts readily and drives sweetly, feeling very much a low-mileage car. The long-throw gearchange takes a little getting used to, but the synchros are strong and the brakes are smooth. All the electrics work. It’s sensibly geared for today’s roads, too – 2500rpm in top giving 70mph – and feels more modern than it is. Oil pressure is steady at 55psi, and temperature at 170ºF. The MoT runs until May, but is likely to be renewed upon sale.

    SUMMARY EXTERIOR #Alfa-Romeo-Alfetta-GTV

    Remarkably solid; newish paint

    INTERIOR #Alfa-Romeo #Alfetta-GTV 2000
    Outstandingly original; driver’s seat velour is slightly worn

    MECHANICALS #Alfa-Romeo-Alfetta #GTV-2000
    Low mileage, sorted, and feels as if it’s never been apart

    VALUE ★★★★★★★✩✩✩

    For Fabulous rot-free condition
    Against Minor brightwork flaws

    SHOULD I BUY #Alfa-GTV-2000 ?

    Much less than the equivalent 105, but as fast and longer-legged, so worth a serious look. A similar car in Portugal is up for the same price.
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