Lot 288 - 1985 Alfa Romeo GTV6
|Odometer reading||40,082 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £10,000|
|Result||Sold - £8,736|
The new Alfetta was released in 1972 with a mechanical layout which was reminiscent of the late 1930s and 1940s Alfetta 158 and 159 Grand Prix cars and still had the twin overhead cam engine of the earlier post-war Alfas. What linked them to the racing Alfettas was the shifting of the clutch and gearbox assembly to the rear of the car and the attachment of the gearbox to the differential. This transaxle assembly was located to the complex deDion rear suspension that incorporated coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers. The progressive-rate front suspension used torsion bars in place of the familiar coil springs of the earlier Giulias and Giuliettas. The design gave a near 50/50 weight distribution throughout the car, which resulted in the car having exceptional handling characteristics. The twin-cam engine was replaced in 1981 by what is considered today as the legendary Alfa Romeo V6 engine.
This beautiful 2.5 litre, V6 example presented in silver with black velour trim started life in May 1985 as a company car to an executive for the oil producers, Shell Ltd. It, unsurprisingly, had a stamped original service book when owned as a company car but after an early life with light use, was dry stored for some nine years. Since having been awoken from its slumber, the car has been subject to a full engine and gearbox rebuild which was some 3,000 miles ago and a full restoration, giving us this lovely example today. With no modifications from new, this fantastic example with very low mileage is offered with an MoT test certificate valid until March 2016 and, we think, is very good value for a future classic.
The prop shaft on this car has failed upon delivery but the vendor has informed us that this will be fixed post auction along with a clutch re balancing for the buyer and deliver it upon completion.
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