Having bought an Alfa Romeo 156 a year ago now, I’m faced with deciding on the longevity of such a machine. Its MOT is due, and as well as the tax, the next couple of months are going to look rather expensive when it comes to cars. Not that I’d have it any other way – I love my Alfa.
As everyone knows, you have to love an Alfa to have an Alfa. But in the midst of debating whether I should buy a car that costs me less, I thought I’d do a little research into why the Alfa brand appeals to me so much, and if I were to have any car they offer, which would make the shortlist? Here are 5 Alfa Romeo’s I’d love to own.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint and Sprint Speciale
This is a truly beautiful car – and if this video on the Alfa Sprint Speciale is anything to go by, it’s a wonder car to own too. The origianal Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint (top) is stunning in its own right, but the Speciale is something else.
Have a look at this fantastic Petrolicious video
Alfa Romeo 156 GTA
I love my 156, I really do. I think it’s one of the only Alfa’s of recent years I have this kind of attraction to. It looks great and it really has been super reliables (Touches every bit of wood in sight.)
But, I’d really love a GTA. Although it never received the later 156 update in 2004, I don’t think that’s a bad thing – the earlier version was prettier.
Ideally, I’d have one of this amazing looking 156’s from Autodelta. With aftermarket tuning provided by this London based company, the GTA produced enough power to propel the car to 175mph. Ace. It’s been a winner on the track, too.
Alfa Romeo 166
The fact this is such a rare sight on the road is one of the main reasons I’d like to include the 166 on this list. It was produced for 9 years, from 1998 to 2007, and as a replacement for the rather attractive Alfa 164 I think the 166 does a pretty good job. One thing’s for certain – this is a big car – and it should have been an obvious fleet choice.
Alfa shot themselves in the foot. Without the build quality of German rivals and without, weirdly, a diesel version, RHD sales in the UK were much fewer than expected and it obviously didn’t have the attraction of the fleet market. It’s a shame, because this car has a great powerplant and looks fantastic. One of the best things about it? Those stunning twin tailpipes!
If you’re in the market for a 166, checkout this example on eBay!
Alfa Romeo GTV6
In my mind one of the best looking Alfa Romeos ever made, the Alfa Romeo GTV6 came from the less distinctive Alfa Alfetta. The 2.5 V6 from the Alfa 6, however, was a stunningly sweet engine, and in many Alfa circle’s this is still regarded as one of the premium driver’s cars of the 20th century.
It looks, and sounds, fantastic too, but getting hold of a decent GTV6 is less than easy these days.
For more information, Petrolicious have this fantastic blog post dedicated to the GTV6.
Alfa Romeo 8C Competitzione
For looks alone, this car has to make the list. Additionally, it has firmly placed Alfa Romeo once again within the performance car market – something that’s been distinctly lacking from its arsenal for many years. This diminutive little supercar is certainly something to behold, and it drives like a stunner too. Fantastic car – more of these please Alfa!