Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ratto Macchina: 1987 Alfa Romeo Milano Gold

There is something to be said about driving a car that performs like a racehorse but looks like a goat.  You can have your fun on the out on the twisties and park as close as you want tat the supermarket.  The downside might be that look back you do as you walk away from your car.  Find this 1987 Alfa Romeo Milano Gold for sale in Newfield, NY for $2,500 via craigslist.
Tip from tipper Cory.

The Milano was the last rear drive Alfa prior to the new Giulia.  Some say that it is the last real Alfa, designed prior to FIAT's takover in 1986.  It was an evolution of the Alfetta 116 chassis and was known as the 75 - for Alfa's 75th anniversary when it was introduced.  In the US, the story goes that the engineers in Alfa's US R&D center called it by code name Milano, Alfa's Italian marketing found out and thought that it would be fitting for Americans.

The scruffy-ness of the outside of this not so mint Milano carries over to the inside with cracked and worn leather and dangling, exposed wires.  No engine shots are included in the ad and the key piece of information - when the timing belt was changed - is conspicuously absent.  The Alfa V-6 is an interference design and conventional wisdom is timing belt change every 3 years or 30,000 miles PERIOD.

From the seller's ad:

For Sale: My 1987 Alfa Romeo Milano Gold with only 57k miles. 2.5 liter V6 Busso engine runs strong and sounds amazing. Rear wheel drive, 5 speed manual transmission mounted in the rear for a near-perfect 50/50 front-to-rear weight balance. This is a rare and very fun car to drive with an incredibly addictive Italian V6 exhaust note.
The car is currently registered and inspected. I have a clean NYS title in hand. It's a little rough around the edges and the paint is terrible, but it runs and drives 100%.

Some more specifics:
- Brand new Dunlop Direzza DZ102 tires purchased this summer.
- Brand new center exhaust section
- Brand new coolant hoses with recent coolant flush.
- Injectors recently fully rebuilt and tuned by
- Many other new parts and recent maintenance - fuel lines, brake "speed bleeders", etc.
- Drive shaft support bearing recently replaced.
- Aftermarket fender flares, side skirts, and spoiler give it an aggressive, slightly "race car" look.
- Minor body rust spots in a few corners. The underside of the car is otherwise pretty clean though.
- No working stereo.

Asking $2500 or best offer. No trades, please.

If you're interested in seeing the car, give me a call or send a text/email and I'll give you the full tour. 

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Gianni is Daily Turismo's Pacific Northwest correspondent.


  1. Runs and drives 100%...funny.

  2. $2,500 Alfa, running with gold wheels? sì, certo!

    I would take this home and do a $10 rattle can paint job on the hood of the Italian flag.

    1. Sean, sorry I had to delete your comment with the embedded image - for some reason it seems to have crashed the site. Here it is again:

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    2. Oh snap, sorry for crashing the site. Must be all the North Korea porn malware on my computer!

  3. Put the V6 into a RX7. At least It will sound beautiful before it grenades on the Cross Bronx Expressway, unlike the wanker engine.

    Eyetalians Have a bad rap for electrical systems. The wiring looks bone stock on this one.

    1. It would be interesting to see how many lights you get from the ARC.

  4. This car made it to that flying rodent website. A day after you guys, no less. I thought this kind of thing wasn't good enough for them anymore. I guess not? Maybe they're trying not to completely alienate guys like me with weird tastes and even weirder budgets?

    I miss the days when you could pick up a GTV6 for this kind of money. Mostly because I didn't when I had the chance.

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