Secondo Round: 1984 Alfa Romeo GTV6

A few weeks back I wrote about my inept ability with all things Italian featuring a mid-seventies GTV Alfa.  DT readers are an educated bunch and I learned a lot about the car in question.  The world of Italian cars is still a black hole for me, but I look forward to pulling up my intelligence.  Shall we try this again?  Find this 1984 Alfa Romeo GTV6 for sale near Los Angeles, CA for $11,900 OBO via craigslist.

This example moves us into the eighties…and heavier emission controls as well I presume.  While still holding the basic design, by the time 1984 rolled around many revisions had taken place.  US mandated bumpers detract from the overall shape but speaks to the era.  This car looks to be well cared for with a claimed 71K miles since new.

Intorduced in 1979, automotive magazines quoted the Busso V6 engine as one of the best sounding engines ever.  Advertised at 160 BHP, the engine still packed enough grunt to throw the car around making for enjoyable drives.

Interiors were updated for 1984 giving the car a more modern feel.  The speedometer was now placed to the left in the driver binnacle instead of in the center display.  The tachometer was still dead center to keep an all-important eye on the engine revs.  A/C seems to be the biggest complaint with these cars, staying cool in warm climates is not the norm. 

I am interested to hear what readers have to say about this example.  I garner pre-smog Italian cars are better favored, but this example is 32 years old already putting it well into classic automobile territory.  Is this a desirable model?  Does the asking price reflect what’s on offer?  Let the Italian edu’mcation begin!      

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When not receiving complaints of “distracted by cars…again” from his wife, Glenn can be found in the kitchen whipping up exotic cuisine and nourishing nosh.