Sunday, December 21, 2014

5k: Mozzarella: 1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV

The Alfetta GTV lives somewhere in the grey zone between the appreciating classic tipo 105 GTV and still depreciating Alfa Romeo 90 & 164 sedans.  The Giorgetto Giugiaro designed Alfetta GTV manages to avoid the questionable styling (i.e. ugly) that covered many cars during the early 1970s and is also a great driver's car. What more can you ask for in a cheap modern classic?  Rock solid reliability...meh...you don't need that!  Find this 1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV offered here on craigslist for $4,750 in Moreland, GA.  Tip from PB.


The Milanese fastback was built from 1972-1987 and used a transaxle and de Dion beam mounted in the back. The early examples used a DOHC inline-4 borrowed from the tipo 105 GTV, but after 1980, a GTV6 version was available a 2.5 liter V6.


The 2.0 liter mounted up front pushes out 150 horsepower and 170 ft-lbs of torque into a rear mounted 5 speed manual transaxle.  Various interweb sources list the GTV weight as something in the neighborhood of 2300 lbs, which would make the little Italian quite a toss-able little corner carver.


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10 comments:

  1. It's been Weber-ized unfortunately. That and it is suffering from the "I know better than the Italian engineers and designers" syndrome that Alfa's nearing the bottom of the depreciation curve seem to be cursed with.
    Source some Euro bumpers, replace the ridiculous aftermarket steering wheel un-blackout the trim and you will have a nice driver.

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  2. Alfas are so beautiful. So painfully good looking, they can make you actively want to forget what kind of a nightmare it's going to be to find parts in comparison to a similar era Chevy.

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  3. This is a very neat car for not a lot of money.

    I am beginning to think that putting rally lights on the front of cars is a good idea. Makes almost everything look cool.

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  4. Great handling cars. Unfortunately, the quality of the parts used in the Alfettas was not near the quality used in the earlier series GTV's and Spiders. If you need parts, there are a number of outfits in the US that supply them, quite reasonably. Of the 2 biggest, my best luck has been with the outfit in Colorado. The one in Virginia is a disaster. GLWTS!

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    1. There are also a couple of UK vendors that you can use as well and their prices are surprisingly reasonable, even with shipping. If price is no object and you can't find it elsewhere AFRA in Italy can probably find it, but be prepared to pay...

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  5. Is this a gray-market car? Were the fours even available here by '79? I don't recall.

    In any case - yeah, these were pretty, and usefully sized, but I'm not really up for trying to keep one running.

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    1. The 116 series cars with the 4 cylinder Alfa Nord engine were sold in the US beginning in 1975.

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  6. The weber conversion makes it a non starter here in CO with our strict emissions standards. I generally like these cars and have a 105 GTV and a S3 spider. I don't have a particularly hard time sourcing parts, nor is it that difficult to maintain them. A few years later and this car would have had Bosch L Jetronic FI which is simple to maintain.

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    1. No emissions outside Denver Metro as you probably know. Register it at a friend's home in the Springs and enjoy!

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  7. Empty weight 2300 lbs would be for 1600 cc Euro spec. North American spec 2000 cc is listed at 2660 lbs in Joe Bensen's Alfa Romeo Buyer's Guide.

    Peter N

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