1987 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde

After featuring an Alfa Romeo Milano Verde earlier in the month, it got me thinking. Will we ever see a midsize sedan so blatantly focused on performance over practicality ever again? Even the current Alfa Romeo lineup pales in comparison to the excitement offered a few decades back. So, why wait? Go out and grab a Milano Verde like this well sorted example for sale in North Carolina with 75k miles on its original engine.

Year: 1987
Model: Milano Verde
Engine: 3.0 liter V6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 133,750 mi
Price: $7,500 Buy It Now

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I bought this car 5 years ago because it was identical to one I had 25 years ago, the best family sedan I've ever owned. The original owner installed many sensible performance mods: Pandora computer box, sport springs & tuned suspension that make it a joy to drive. Extras include Momo steering wheel, K&N filter, Zender wheels, tinted windows, carbon fiber shifter knob, custom exhaust with a mellow bellow to kill for, awesome stereo. There are 133k miles on the chassis, 75K on motor - the original owner installed a 3.5 L motor and ran it like that for ~60k miles, then re-installed the original motor. Nearly new Yokohama S 205/50-15 tires.

The car is kept in a heated garage and driven vigorously every couple of weeks, as every Alfa should be. I wouldn't hesitate to drive it across the country. I now regretfully need to pare down the Alfa stable to make room for a new acquisition. If you're looking for a great Verde to drive or just admire, you'll be hard put to find a better one for the money.

These Alfa Romeo Milanos are cars certainly worth saving. Sure, like all Alfas they take a bit of fettling at times to get right, as our friends over at BlythBros. have chronicled. However, get them sorted, and what a rewarding drive they are. They offer a level of involvement and tactile pleasure that seems impossible to replicate these days.

-Paul

Posted under: Alfa Romeo
Dated: Feb 16 2014

3 Comments

  1. Graham says:

    “The car is kept in a heated garage and driven vigorously every couple of weeks, as every Alfa should be.” – That’s a great start. I think that as long as the car has been driven, there shouldn’t be any surprises.

    If you’re worried with a somewhat rare car like this, perhaps try an oil analysis such as this one: http://www.blackstone-labs.com/free-test-kits.php

    Depending on the value of the Zender wheels, this price seems about right.

  2. Paul says:

    Thanks for the tip on the oil analysis, Graham!

    Paul

  3. Sam says:

    Price is indeed right, nice find. Hot cars with way more character than a comparable BMW, Audi or Mercedes of the day. The owner seems to have adored it (as most Milano owners do) but the engine swap in and out story is unusual. I would also worry about electronics and pricing and availability of parts. But this beauty deserves another 50k miles of driving in a warm, dry climate.