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Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: United Kingdom
156 V6 Q-tronic
I picked up a museum piece on Sunday.
April 1999 156 V6 with Q-tronic.
This car was bought new by the lady owner in 1999 when the waiting time for 156 V6's was 9 months from order and everyone paid the full price.
She still had the original bill of sale from Tates of Brighton. Over £25,000.
She has kept the car garaged, serviced every year... and has covered just over 25,000 miles - averaging just over 1500 miles every year.
It has the original Alfa Romeo sticker in the back window "1998 Car of the year" totally undamaged by the sun. The paintwork shines like new, and the blue velour interior is as sumptuous as when she first drove it home.
It has no "sportpack" option, and so has the simple lines of De Silva's 156, which, along with the q-tronic system suits it perfectly for popping down to the shops. In fact she told me that she only ever used it in automatic...and always only in "City" mode!
I looked through the service history: front anti roll bar and a couple of wishbones changed, plus the alarm siren and more recently the crank sensor.
Apart from that it is pretty much just service items, timing belts etc.
The only thing that lets the car down from showroom condition is that the front bumper has been resprayed at some point...needs redoing properly as a 10p sized patch of laquer has peeled and there is slight overspray on the black rubber bump strips.
Anyway, it really is like driving a little piece of history. Imagine the joy of this lady driving her new 156 V6 home from the showroom in 1999?...when the 156 was fresh out of the blocks...and waiting times were 9 months for the baby!
It evokes the time when Alfa Romeo really put down a marker with the 156. And I think the Q-tronic was fresh and new for the 156 back then too? It even has new Pirelli P6000s.
The 156 V6 is rapidly disappearing from our roads. I really don't know quite what to do with this wonderful example....it really does need keeping for posterity....as much as my wife was taken with it driving it back...she must keep with her diesel Sportwagon workhorse/taxi!