When they were new, they were already so beautiful. And how times can change, we read in 1984 in Keesings Autopraktijkboek: The choice between a four or six cylinder will be a matter of budget. But so much is the two-liter not inferior to its somewhat heavier brother, the six-cylinder.
Write off firmly
There were serious warnings against the fact that a buyer at the time had to seriously consider writing off his pride. In the first two years, the Alfa was worth about 20.000 guilders less. In the third year, an extra eight grand had to be written off. The Alfas were in great demand second-hand. Because after 'the head was off', such a GTV was a fantastic, beautiful, dynamic car for a clear price.
Preferably not as a 'trade-in'
As third or fourth hand he was a lot more difficult in the market because 'the market' assumed in that phase that the car had been handled roughly and quickly. And that could just add up. Oh yes: by that time such an Alfa Romeo GTV often started to rust.
The Alfa Romeo GTV did not have a folding rear seat. That limited the practical possibilities. But with so much beauty, it is all too easy to leave basic practicality as a family car for what it is. On the other hand: Such a GTV had three doors. The luggage compartment was also so large that you could seriously travel because there was much more space available than for a toothbrush and a set of clean socks. You don't have to expect more for a car that is set up as a 2 + 2 car. Taking two adults in the back seat was never more than an emergency solution. And hey, such a ride did not have to take long. After all, the four-cylinder GTV was good for about 190 km / h. The six-seater ran 200 or just over. He needed a good drink extra for that, by the way.
A delicious block
The beautiful four-cylinder - which, when used sensibly, is just as reliable as a Mercedes 200 D block. The rider just has to take the time to get the oil up to temperature - delivered 130 hp at 5400 rpm. The maximum torque of 179,5 Nm was at a relaxed 4000 rpm.
Buy to rag and throw away
The time when you bought a GTV for next to nothing to let it trot to its final resting place is really over. Correctly restored specimens are now back in the price segment they were once born for. And copies that have survived the time intact, cherished and without restoration or welding? These are rarer than rest in the tent at 50Plus.
We were therefore pleasantly surprised to hear that there was such a spotless copy including history at our advertiser De Lieshout Car Collection. Fortunately, some of our advertisers are so considerate to let us know if they have something really special. And how special this Alfa is was shown by the fact that it was reserved almost immediately after its appearance in the media. Nice is not it?
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