5k: Verde Bianco Rosso: 1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde 3.0
The Alfa Romeo 75 was badged in the US market as the Milano between 1985 and 1992. The Milano has the honor of being the last car released by Alfa before they were acquired by Fiat and the name 75 was in reference to the 75th anniversary of the Milanese born Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili. The 75/Milano will be forever remembered as Alfa’s last true rear-drive executive sedan and owners claim the seats are fabulously comfortable. Find this 1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde 3.0 offered for $5,000 in Upstate New York via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Tipper Cory went one step further than a simple tip and contacted the seller for a few more bits of information. The seller has owned the car since 2005 and states the he had the timing belt and pump service done within this past year, probably under 500 miles ago, also replaced the front seals (cams, main seal) which had started leaking from age.
Inside are those famously comfortable stock Recaro seats and a proper manual transmission shifter sticking up through the center console. The Milano’s US spec V6 made 188 horsepower and 184 ft-lbs of torque from its 3.0 liter
dual single overhead cam setup. The back of the crankshaft is bolted directly to a two piece driveshaft with guibos that runs at engine speeds and is mated to a transaxle in the back. The transaxle is surrounded by inboard disc brakes and a de Dion tube rear end — cool stuff but expensive if something needs to be fixed. A brake job might not cost as much as one on a Citroën DS, but it will cost more than on a Fox Mustang.
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i've been watching for a decent one of these on SF CL for months – sono rimasto all'asciutto 🙁
Considered a single overhead cam – one per bank. Still is a hemispherical combustion chamber – the intake cam operates the intake valve directly, while the exhaust cam is operated by way of a rocker arm.
It is a lovely engine. Torque-y, revvy, responsive, sounds great. Recaro seats are good. The steering on these is really nice, the brakes are good for street use. The rear brakes get really hot on track days. People rave about the handling, but I think that indicates they haven't really driven one, and are relying on the badge and what motoring journalists say about the 'near perfect weight distribution'. I had one for a year, and found that the engine/transaxle arrangement gave it a subtle but slightly odd tendency to 'settle' twice in a corner – the first time as the front suspension settled the front mass, and the second time as the rear suspension settled the rear mass. Maybe if you're a ham-fisted hooligan you don't notice.
Overall, a very nice car to drive. Just a shame you can't always do it with your eyes closed. There's no amount of driving finesse that makes up for it looking like a stack of pallets, both inside and out.
Perry here. I sold these when new from a dealership in San Diego. Wow! ————-What a car! Fast & tossable, great engine, better than the 2.5, It's all great stuff. Yes, the looks were odd but I see the shape as currently being cool in a Conceptual Art / Design kind of way.
There are not many left. Alfa Guys will flip sudden & dangerous U-turns to chase you down & see your car.