The Alfa Romeo GTV (Gran Turismo Veloce) was originally first designed as far back as 1987 as a replacement for the Alfetta GTV Coupe. Appearing at first with smaller engines, it was in 1998 that the 3.0 24V V6 Busso engine variant was introduced with a 6-speed manual gearbox and this was the year that Jeremy Clarkson declared his love for it.
Car Magazine in the UK also had strong praise for this model and many other publications gave it strong accolades, especially in 1995, when it was first released to the public.
The Busso engine has always been a thing of beauty in Alfa Romeos, not just to look at, but for it's sound and wide spread of torque and power. It still remains an engine that evokes emotion in Alfa Romeo enthusiasts, decades afterward.
But the GTV V6 24V wasn't just special for its engine. The handling was also special in this car, offering GT levels of comfort and excellent handling as standard. Today, 30 years after it was originally penned and shaped by Enrico Fumia at Pininfarina, it still looks fresh & is a design that owners cannot help but to look back at, when getting out. When a car's design is at the pinnacle of excellence, this is usually a shape that never ages or loses it's visual appeal and the GTV remains to this day, just such a car. It's a unique shape with a bonnet that opens fully, revealing the entire engine bay, as a visual show piece, the jewel being the Busso V6 neatly nestled in the middle, surrounded by a well-designed chassis with a new multi-link rear suspension design that has proven itself over time. Braking was taken care of seriously, with Brembo sourced front calipers & discs too. The interior too was beautifully styled, although not by Pininfarina but Walter De Silva who worked for Alfa Romeo's Centro Stile design-centre.
Specification: This particular example was supplied new in Japan, complete with original option Momo full-leather interior. Unique in this deep blue metallic, complete with well matched leather, a tastefully chosen combination, enhanced by an optional rear spoiler inclusive of a centrally mounted brake light. There's remote central locking with the factory fitted immobilizer as standard. Air conditioning, power steering, ABS, electric windows, electric remote controlled mirrors, tinted windows, centrally mounted gauges, dual SRS airbags, fitted overmats, rear mounted battery (For weight balance) and more.
Additional extras: The previous owner clearly loved this car, judging by all the care and upgrades lavished on this GTV 3.0 24V and the amazing condition in which he kept it. It's clear to us this car was always garaged when not in use - and it only came out in good weather. The original wheels have been replaced with Techno Magnesio competition wheels, shod with near new Dunlop Direzza Z-II sports tyres of size 215/45R17. Wheels are all unmarked, an indication of the care & attention with which this car was used. Suspension has also been upgraded with Koni Sport gas struts and shock absorbers and Apex sports springs. Brakes are uprated with braided hoses and performance pads. The engine and exhaust have wisely been left standard. The shift knob has been uprated to a Momo item (original is in the boot of the car, with other spares thoughtfully included with the car from the last owner) and Sparco pedal covers have been fitted too. A Carrozzeria CD / Radio has replaced the original head unit. For convenience, there's a (removable) magnetic smart-phone holder too (smart phone not included!). Finally, there's a quick-release battery isolator switch mounted in the boot; a thoughtful addition added by the collector - to save the battery when the car was stored for longer periods of time. Lots of signs of care & attention to detail on this Alfa Romeo.
Test Drive: In order to familiarise ourselves with this example it was test driven for a total of 85km. We can attest that not only does it ride comfortably with no perceptible body-roll when cornering hard, but also holds the road very well indeed, despite the surprising levels of comfort with uprated suspension. It runs beautifully, with the Busso engine soulful as ever. Gearbox works perfectly with no synchromesh problems at all, brakes work well without drama or any signs of having been abused. There are no faults at all with the mechanical drivetrain. All electrics are working perfectly too.
Condition is superb throughout. The bodywork on these can be prone to getting dented if care isn't taken. This example has pin-straight sides, with no waviness at all. Paintwork is still as fresh as when new, a testament to the care and attention with which the previous owner kept this car. As with all cars we stock, we machine polished & detailed the entire car, as this is the best way to closely inspect every panel and note faults. This example barely needed any polishing - despite being a 20 year old car! We noted just one small scratch on the rear bumper which we have photographed and included in the gallery of pictures.
Interior too, was unmarked without even so much as wear to the original leather finish. Note also this has been a non-smoker's car since new.
Usually on examples that have lived their loves on European roads, corrosion is an issue, where for example the engine's chrome is pitted & unsightly. Here, the chrome & the rest of the alloy is still fresh and without rust. The underside is also very impressive, showing no corrosion at all, anywhere. Even the exhaust is still the factory original assembly. Calipers are also still of original finish with no corrosion at all.
Note that a full Japanese service history is also included with this car.
Clearly this is a collectors grade GTV V6 Lusso 24V and one of the best left in existence. Provided it's maintained as well as it has been over the last 20 years this unique GTV V6 Lusso 24V 6-speed will continue to rise in value to be an excellent investment for it's new owner.
Price: £11,895 inclusive of full UK registration, 12 months MOT, comprehensive warranty, full UK registration & valeting before collection. If enquiring about import to another country other than the UK ask about our FOB package.
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