CHASING CARS / #Alfa-Romeo-Alfetta-GTV6
Quentin Willson’s hot tips
‘Montreal styling, great handling and the Busso engine – and they’re not as unreliable as you would think’
VALUE 2011 £5750
VALUE NOW £16500
Alfetta GTV6 has room to grow
The Giugiaro-penned fastback has risen sharply, but that’s not the end of the line
Although I’d love to say that the Alfetta GTV6 is still a hidden bargain, it’s not. Values and interest have really picked up and properly original and cherished V6s can now cost £20k plus. And they’re getting very hard to find. This is another Eighties icon that’s been quietly simmering under the radar. In 2011 Richard Edwards Auctions sold a fine ’1985 with two owners and 41,000 miles for just £5k but since then they’ve moved up strongly with some lightning-fast rises in 2016 – but we shouldn’t be surprised at all. All those Montreal styling cues, an alloy transaxle, inboard rear discs and almost-perfect handling balance made contemporary road testers rave. And they still do, with one magazine glowing that the Busso V6 makes ‘one of the best engine notes ever, period’. There’s also their gold-plated motor sport heritage, with GTV6s winning the European Touring Car Championships four years in a row, the British Touring Car Championship in 1983 plus a cabinet of other international race and rally trophies. And they’re still reasonably quick by modern standards with a top speed of 130mph, and 0-60mph in a respectable eight seconds.
Time has been kind to those striking lines and a GTV turns plenty of heads. In bone stock factory condition they look hugely cool, wonderfully Italian and very individual. Rising prices mean lots have had big money spent on improvements so the Alfa propensity for rust should have been sorted. A private Cambridge seller has a red ’1984 he’s owned from new with 40k miles, Dinitrol rust-proofing from new with total Alfa history for £22k. That might sound a lot but I can see GTV6s as perfect as that climbing steadily in the future. Best buys are post-1984 with an exterior and interior facelift plus better gearing.
Timing belts need changing every 30k and modern cylinder head gaskets should cure the common overheating issues, but given that Alfa was broadly broke during the GTV6’s timeline, they’re not as unreliable as you’d think. With prices of the 2.0 GTVs also up and now nudging £15k, a proper 2.5 V6 would be a shrewd buy. Think of it as a mini Ferrari that sounds just as good with even sweeter handling and you’ll see the appeal. Back in 2011 I remember watching H&H knock down a decent, rustproofed-from-new ’1982 in Grigio Metallic with 65k and a slipped timing belt for just £900. Blimey.