Saturday, February 17, 2018

Bang For The Lira- 1986 Alfa Romeo GTV6 3.0

The Alfa GTV6 is one of the more curious cars from the 1980s that seems to be off the radar of collectors who are throwing buckets of cash at 911s and E30 M3s right now. Unlike the only a mother could love styled Milano sedan, the GTV6 was a handsome Giorgetto Giugiaro designed hatchback. It came equipped with the oh so lovely sounding Busso 2.5 SOHC V6 engine. The 2.5 engine was good for 160 hp which was decent for the time, but was much better known for the symphony of music it produced. Today's car has plucked a 3.0 engine from a Milano Verde into its engine bay which should be good for at least a 28 hp increase over stock.  Find this 1986 Alfa Romeo GTV6 for sale in Queens, NY for $6,500 via craigslist.

The seller does not provide a ton of details about the car or the swap:

car runs and drives excellent needs some cosmetic work in and out. the shock towers are solid engine is a 3.0 and runs strong with no leaks transmission shifts perfect. for further details call

The duct tape holding the MAF to the air box is not exactly confidence inspiring. On the plus side, the hugely bolstered Recaro LS seats are worth their weight in gold and will keep the driver firmly in place during spirited driving. I can not pin point the brand of aftermarket steering wheel, but it looks period correct and not out of place here.  The wheels on the car are also stock Milano Verde pieces.

The key to these Busso engines is to stay on top of the timing belt and tensioner changes. They should be done every 30k miles so it something to get very familiar with. The De Dion rear axle setup has inboard brakes that are a bit trickier to change than a normal setup.

See a funkier styled hatchback with a better sounding V6 engine? email

Cory is going to take advantage of the nice weather today before the snow arrives tonight.


  1. It all looked fairly encouraging until I got to the under-hood shot. I would want to re-do all the possible deferred maintenance items (that is pronounced "Timing Belt"). But it does look remarkably solid from a rust standpoint, and that is the biggest battle for those of us in the Salt Kingdom.

    I think that steering wheel is a Personal brand. I have one very much like it hung on my garage wall, from my Cortina and Datsun 510 days in the 1970s. On a side note, I see that Personal is now a sub-brand of Nardi.

  2. My Dad had one of these back in the day, with the stock 2.5. It was an interesting and fun car, but this example was plagued with electrical problems from the start. The whole harness would seem to go out from time to time, and once while I was driving it at night, at speed. Very interesting.

    They can be finicky to keep running, but at the right price, the driving experience, when running well, is as close to a vintage Ferrari as some of us are going to get.

    1. So true. Lucas electrics get a lot of slagging, but the Italians can give Ol' Joseph a run for his money.


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