Alfa Romeo GTV and Spider

Future Classics: Alfa Romeo GTV & Spider. Alfa Romeo 916 Series. It’s still possible to find a bargain or better still to win a low mileage 916 series Alfa Romeo with – but is time running out?

In 1995’s Alfa Romeo GTV offered a compelling combination of attributes it’s one of the most distinctive shapes of the 1990s for a start, a Pininfarina-penned wedge packed with exquisite details.

It was highly rated when new, often emerging victorious from group tests, and while the model isn’t without a few unique issues, it’s also relatively easy to keep running and doesn’t suffer from rust as much as some of its forebears – or indeed many of its contemporary rivals.

UK imports began in 1996, with only one engine being offered: the proven two-litre Twin Spark unit. The GTV was available with the glorious three-litre, 220bhp 24-valve V6 from 1998.

In May of that year, both variants received a minor makeover, with external changes comprising a chrome surround for the signature triangular grille, and colour-coded side-skirts. Inside, these so-called ‘Phase 2’ models

Best of all, there still affordable, but on the up, with a couple of grand still enough to secure a high mileage one and up to £15,000-plus will buy you a low mileage one owner seriously nice car, with Alfa’s superb V6 engine under the bonnet.

The rear seats and boot are largely useless, so treat it as a 2+2, but quick steering makes it fun to drive and while the V6 sounds great, serious drivers often prefer the lighter (and still fun) 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. is fully aware of this little cars potential as a great useable car and appreciating classic, and is currently searching for just such a model.


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