Thursday, June 4, 2015

10k: GTV6 Powered: 1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta

The Alfa Romeo Alfetta (tipo 116) was released in 1972 as a replacement for the Giulia based 1750 Berlina, even though a slightly larger sedan with the Berlina name (the 2000) was produced concurrently with the Alfetta.  Although Giuseppe Scarnati designed the original Giulia sedan, and the 1750 Berlina was a Giorgetto Giugiaro at Bertone design, the Alfetta fell back into Scarnati's lap and he created something much more modern looking that bares a strikingly resemblance to the E12 BMW 5-series.  TL;DR version: A bunch of Italian guys designed some cars.  Find this 1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta with GTV6 power offered for $9,700 in Kenmore, WA via craigslist.  Tip from Gianni

The North American market Alfetta was powered by a 2.0 liter SPICA fuel injected inline-4, but the sporty GTV 2-door version was available with a larger V6 borrowed from the Alfa 6 sedan.  Today's example is an Alfa version of a muscle car, the smaller body with the larger engine shoved inside.

Power comes from a 2.5 liter V6 borrowed from a 1985 Alfa GTV6, which would have been rated at 156 horsepower and 152 ft-lbs of torque.  The swap looks well done in the few pictures provided and uses a 5-speed manual transaxle borrowed from an Alfa Romeo 75/Milano.  Somebody put serious effort into building this car, and the only negative at this price point is the paint, which is described as a 20 footer by the seller.

See another OEM+ powered classic for less?


  1. Builder must have really wanted an Alfa 6, or maybe he misunderstood the SPICA replacement thing...

    I endorse this swap.

  2. You missed the part about "body is straight but has rust in window channels and lower quarters."

    Nice concept if you live somewhere this is smoggable and you don't mind a bit of cleanup.


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