1985 Alfa Romeo GTV6

Much like the Alfa Romeo Spider, the GTV6 is a great way to get into an Italian classic car for not much outlay. These coupes are a hidden gem for everything from track days to autocross. With a sweet V6 coupled to a rear-drive chassis with rear mounted transaxle, these Alfas offer up quite a bit of motoring fun. This GTV6 for sale in California is a solid driver in need of a little TLC.

1985 Alfa Romeo GTV6

A runner! '86 GTV6 (October ’85 production date) STOCK, 79000+ miles. VIN# ZARAA 6695G100 7837 with ownership provenance for last 8+ years; service records since purchase from PO. Awesome car now in California (POs in Texas/Maine/GA) in very good overall condition; hasn’t been CA smogged due to storage.)

Appears to have Milano engine (strong with no head leaks, AND mechanical detensioner) and Milano TA with a very smooth up & down, “no-crunch” gearbox (double clutching is even smoother) Good brakes including parking brake with 80%+ pad life. Fully functional TropicAire A/C (R134) – tested no leaks during discharge before storage and needs recharge. Pioneer radio/CD. All working dash gauges (and senders) - 160MPH speedo & 8000rpm tach. Good sand leather Recaro seating with minor pleather upholstery issues (see pics). Almost-new front floor mats (not hiding holes below). Strong oil pump and working gauge. Very good paint with bottle of touch up included; choice of stock wheels with the 185 tires (205 tires possible) – see pics. Drives great (fly in/drive home),

Documented renovation begun by PO in TX (Docs exist for all renovation work listed below) but due to business issues, has been in storage since purchase and transport to NoCA. Well maintained; up to date service. All electrics work inside including power windows and mirrors (except courtesy lights) and out; no damage and NO RUST except where noted (see pics also).

Cosmetics (see pics) & Disclosures –

-Small dent on passenger side hatch corner
-Minor rust bubble on driver side hatch rear corner
-Usual single dash crack – dash mat cover included
-Seats have expected scaling and fading; drivers seam re-stitch needed
-Sunroof drain on drivers side seems blocked – have not investigated the front fender compartment drain outlet area on either side; others do drain OK but silicone sealed.
-Lower Oil Sump gasket needs replacing
-Driver’s window mechanism squeals going down.
-Shift lever rattles at +/- 3500rpm

Renovation work in last 5000miles (by PO before CA storage)

-Valve adjustment – 0.019in intake and 0.007in exhaust.
-Replaced speedo – cheaper than fix & recalibrate.
-New & transferable lifetime warranty Solar Guard Ultra Performance 75 sun block film on side & back windows + front eyebrow (see http://www.solargard.com/CA/Auto/Ultra)
-New rear hatch molding
-New horns
-New plenum couplers (Greg Gordon)
-New injector hoses (Greg Gordon)
-Remanufactured injectors (OKInjectors)
-New Bosch alternator and battery
-New Coil
-New high capacity A/C compressor
-New R134 A/C plumbing and pressure-tested system
-Cooling System - Individual fan relays & no head leaks
-Cooling system flushed
-New brake system flush
-New front suspension parts (professional alignment after completion)
-New poly castor bushes
-New tie rod ends
-New top and bottom ball joints
-New top control arm bushes
-New poly sway bushes
-New drop link bushes
-New rear suspension parts
-Full ½-shaft axles (both sides had incorrect GTV6 TA axles – quite a discovery during cornering…)
-Sway bushes
-Complete drop link assemblies

This is a rare opportunity to purchase a very clean and straight late model GTV6. They are extremely hard to find in this condition... not modified or personalized in anyway. But, it is not a perfect car, as I have described.

As described, this isn't a perfect GTV6, but a good example to start with if you want a fully sorted driver. With most of the mechanicals seeming straight, the intrepid enthusiast wouldn't have too much of an issue righting the other minor issues. The BIN of $6,500 is about what a solid driver with a few issues would get you these days, but I'd maybe like to see maybe $500 to $1,000 knocked off the asking price to leave room for some of the imminent costs ahead.

-Paul

Posted under: Alfa Romeo, Modern Classic
Dated: Dec 05 2012

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