I have a mechanic who is going to quote for the work locally. I've asked him to quote for :
Fit new clutch
Remove heads, skim.
replace whatever valves are required
depending on head damage, check bottom end
news belt/waterpump etc.
The car is a red one - £700. Apparently mint and bought for £3750 from a merc dealer (part ex) in August. Just had a full set of suspension and the car was on a test drive when the belt went. Ouch! It is within 5 miles of my house.
I know what you mean about buying a runner, but with the above work done, I know it will have been done to my standards, I know that everything that needs replacing under the bonnet will have been done, and the car should be good for another 60k miles with no major issues. Car has done 71k.
Alfa Romeo history in order - 156 Sele, 156 Sele, Spider 156jtd facelift, 147 1.6, 156 GTA, GTV 3.0, 156jtd, 145QV, 156GTA, 145qv