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MARKET TRENDS – 90s ALFA ROMEO

MARKET TRENDS – 90s ALFA ROMEO

Posted by Glenn Rowswell on 16th April 2021

As the old adage goes, every car enthusiast should own an Alfa Romeo at some point. Here are three cost-effective ways to scratch the itch

Alfa Romeo GTV (916) 

GTV stands for Gran Turismo Veloce; in other words, Fast Grand Touring. Despite its humble Fiat Tipo underpinnings, the GTV manages to live up to its name, all the while looking almost cutting-edge nearly 30 years later.  Much like other classic Alfas, the GTV has a reputation for being a bit of an ownership headache – but the appeal is clear to see. There’s also a convertible Spider version, but we’re focusing on the more accomplished coupe here.

There are a few engines to choose from. Four-cylinder options are the 150bhp 2.0-litre Twin Spark and 165bhp 2.0-litre JTS found in 2003 models onwards. Top-of-the-range cars use a 3.0-litre Busso V6  engine, as found across the Alfa range, which was then replaced by a 3.2-litre unit in 2003; power stood at 220bhp and 240bhp respectively. While the V6 sounds  and feels superb, the 21mpg average fuel economy makes for a very thirsty grand tourer.

Prices start at around £1000 for rough early Twin Spark models, climbing to around £3000 for a nice early-2000s example with a high five-figure mileage. V6 models start at around the £7000 mark, with the best examples now getting into the £10,000–20,000 bracket.

Alfa Romeo Spider (Series 4)

When the Series 4 Spider arrived in 1990 its original design had already been around for 25 years. You’d be mistaken for thinking it was a much older car – and it technically is underneath. The resurgence of two-seater roadsters after the MX-5’s arrival in 1989 had played Alfa’s hand; the Italian firm simply continued production of the Spider to tempt some potential MX-5 buyers. The Series 4 was really just a facelift but it benefited from a refreshed look over the Series 3, appearing cleaner and more elegant than its predecessor.

A greater effort was paid to rust proofing too, but that’s not to say examples today won’t suffer from rust; there are plenty on the market that have seen better days. Despite receiving an updated interior, it was just has troublesome as its predecessor and wore quickly. Re-trim kits are available today, so that shouldn’t put you off buying one.

The Series 4 Spider generally carries a small mark-up over the Series 3, starting at around the £8000–10,000 mark. The best examples will easily fetch £15,000, climbing closer to £20,000 for the cream of the crop.

Alfa Romeo 156

Fancy something different to the typical German executive car from the 90s? The 156 offers a brilliant alternative – one that looks smart and is great to drive.

If ever there was a bargain Alfa Romeo, the 156 is it. With examples starting below £1000, you can get yourself into an Alfa headache in no time. Better examples demand start at under £2000 for an example with 12 months MoT and a high mileage, climbing to £5000 or so for the rarest of low-mileage timewarps. The price varies little between engine choices of the regular models, but should you want a V6 variant, expect to pay £5000 upwards. The go-faster 3.2 V6 GTA model is the collector’s choice, with prices sitting in the £10,000–20,000 range.

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