I just wanted to share my excitement as the girlfriend doesn't really understand!
I have a 2008 147 Q2, but really wanted the Ducati Q2!
Any way, with only 20 Bhp difference I wasn't that bothered apart from the wheels I had just didn't have that Italian look and feel to them, you know the teledial look. So I was for ever looking on Italian Ebay for the Ducati 18" copies and umming and urrring whether to get some thing that might not be as good quality as the real thing and probably spend £1200 after getting tyres too. Then I saw a 147 with 19" Brera Prodrive wheels and after pricing that up I knew I wouldn't be getting change from £2000. So it was back to dreaming... until yesterday!
I saw an advert on the internet for the 18" Ducati 147 wheels. The photo was small and I thought they'd be in poor condition, so I emailed for better pics. Within 5 minutes they replied. The pics weren't much better and the wheels were wet after having been washed (I never buy a car in the wet and that rule extends to wheels too!). I looked on the map for their location and they were closer than I thought. Brighton to Southampton 1hr 15min. There and back before dinner! I got there in no time. Now I must add at this point it was a breakers yard advertising these wheels and they don't tend to show much care for cars that role through their gates, to be fair most are right offs, hence I didn't hold much hope. Any how, straight away I saw the wheels on the forecourt, ran over to them like a little kid to the sweet counter and thought they're a bit dirty, but worth a look. The chap was helpful. I then realised they were only dirty. The breakers yard were very organised and had put a sticker showing the car they came off - A 147 Q2 2008 37k miles. I said, yep I'll take them. Discussed a price and some how managed a heavy discount and took them away in my 147, which I must add has poor boot space. I down sized from 156 sport wagon so you can understand my frustration! They were so helpful, when I asked can I see the rest of the car they came off for potential parts they went and got it on the forklift and dumped it in front of me!
I am currently in the process of thoroughly cleaning them. Wash,T-cut, polish, polish bolts, clean tyres, oh I forgot to add they came with good set of Pirelli P-zero 215/40/18 tyres and set of bolts and locking wheels nuts. None of them are kerbed, bent, buckled. The only damage is one has a slight bit of paint bubbling and two or three stone chips. I can live with that.
My question to you fellow Alfa lovers is how much do these wheels go for. I suppose what I'm asking is, I got excited and bought them, then got buyers remorse after wondering if I got a good deal or not. I just never see these come up often enough to know what they're worth?