ALFA 75 In many ways the 75 was the last of the ‘proper’ Alfas, certainly the last to be designed by the firm as an i...

In many ways the 75 was the last of the ‘proper’ Alfas, certainly the last to be designed by the firm as an independent marque before Fiat took full control in 1986 and the last of the firm’s models to be rear-driven. With the evergreen twin-cam engine and the rear-mounted transaxle, it had its roots in the ’70s Alfetta and was launched in May 1985, the year of Alfa Romeo’s 75th anniversary, hence the name.

Essentially a heavily facelifted version of the older Giulietta, with which is shared its doors, the 75 was launched with the four-pot twin cam engines, but was livened up no end in 1986 when the 2.5-litre V6 was installed, later taken out to 3-litres in 1987 when it was joined by the twin-plug Twin Spark version of the 2-litre twin-cam.

Even today, the sound of a 75 in full flight, whether it’s the twin-cam or V6 is instantly recognisable and their balanced handling makes them a joy to drive fast… even if you do get the famous Alfa ankle cramp after an hour behind the wheel. You also get Alfa idiosyncracies like electric-adjust mirror only on the passenger side and the window switches mounted in a roof console.

The shift linkage to that rear-mounted gearbox can be a touch rubbery but with it all adjusted nicely and the suspension properly set-up the Alfa 75 has a character which is pure Italian and you just can’t help but drive it like you stole it. Purists prefer the Twin Spark, since the heavier V6 engine does tend to increase understeer. What’s more, parts support from the classic Alfa specialists is excellent.

How much? £500-£5000
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