1991 Alfa Romeo 164L

Our feature car today comes from reader and fellow enthusiast Robert. The Alfa Romeo 164 was the last new Alfa Romeo sold in the United States until the 8C Competizione arrived on the scene in 2008. With Alfa's imminent return to the US market, it's a good time to reflect on the last of this company's mainstream offerings. There are less survivors of these midsize luxury sedans than contemporary Spiders, so when I come across a pampered 164 sedan, I take notice. This particular 164 has had only two owners over more than 20 years, comes with a wealth of service records and has the desirable 5 speed manual transmission.

1991 Alfa Romeo 164L

Asking $6,200.00 OBO; may trade for the right Ducati, Moto Guzzi, or BMW airhead.

For sale: my 1991 Alfa Romeo 164L in great condition. I have owned 3 of these cars and they are a pleasure to drive and to own. Their looks and sounds attract all the right kinds of attention.

About the Alfa:
-1991 164L (Lusso), styled by Pininfarina; one of the most reliable Alfas, and the car that saved the company; Enzo Ferrari's daily driver was an Alfa 164.
-5 speed manual gearbox
-2 fanatical owners (first owner for 20 years, I'm the second)
-No accidents (Carproof and CarFax included with vehicle)
-Excellent condition; car runs and handles beautifully with no issues; fast, smooth and responsive
-Metallic blue paint with some minor scuffs on the rear bumper
-Bright, supple leather interior with embossed crests; leather was treated regularly with Leatherique and is in amazing condition (smells fantastic)
-All service records since new come with the car; serviced exclusively by Alfa expert Pino at Pinarello Motors; no expense spared on the maintenance of this gorgeous car
-All original manuals, tools, spare, jack, included with sale
-All rubber and plastic on the car has been treated regularly with Aerospace 303 and Wurth protectants
-Hinges lubed regularly with Wurth products
-$400.00 custom Coco mats included with the car
-New Michelin tires
-Rust sprayed regularly
-Stored winters; hand washed and waxed

Spares:
I have a huge inventory of spares that will go with the car: Spare fenders, trunk, hood, full dashboard and HVAC system, shifter, pedal assembly, console, front and rear lights, full black leather interior, 2 extra sets of floormats, tool kit, manuals, bulbs, alternator, radiator, rubber trim, trunk mat, relays, ecu, and much more. This is a very enjoyable, beautiful car that handles a dream and will make someone very happy. Serious inquiries only; Thanks for looking.

The bright tan leather over the metallic blue really makes this car stand out amongst modern sedans, save for some of the more interesting color combinations one can order in modern Audis. The chiseled Pininfarina looks have stood the test of time and for the money, this is a fun alternative to a number of used sports sedans one could buy. I know I'm not the only one waiting for Alfa Romeo to return to the US market. Lately I've gotten bored with the styling direction of new cars, particularly BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes. The Italians have always had the lock on aesthetics and as Jeremy Clarkson said "alpha males drive BMWs.....Alfas are for nice people."

My compliments go out to Robert for preserving such a great piece of Alfa Romeo history. If you have had your eye on an Alfa Romeo 164 for some time, this car is the one to buy.

-Paul

Posted under: Alfa Romeo, Modern Classic
Dated: Mar 07 2012

2 Comments

  1. Larry says:

    Not quite at the performance level of the later 164Q, but an incredibly nice and clean example. Unfortunately, with the 1991 model year, it would likely be a problem bringing into the States.

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