I bought a 159 Sport Wagon last year as my main car and am very pleased with it, and this has got me thinking about adding the Alfa I've long coveted: a GTV Cup. I've considered buying one before, and now that prices seemed to have stabilised (i.e. bottomed out - please feel free to correct me here!) I'm about to take the plunge...
Any particular issues that I should be looking out for? Having read the existing forums I'll check the V5 to make sure it says Cup as there seem to be a few 'clones' around. I've also picked up warning signs from the forums that parts for the Cup can be hard to find / expensive - anything in particular to check out when viewing the car?
I'd also be interested to hear opinions on what will need changing (e.g cambelt) at particular mileages / age and what is a reasonable life expectancy for the V6 engine. I'm favouring a one-owner car (if I can find it) as quite a few seem to have gone through several owners, which increases the likelihood of it having been thrashed.
Any comments gratefully received, including anyone who's got a Cup that they're considering selling. Cheers, Roger
The Cup badge on the back is very very hard to obtain.
Crazy but true.
All the other badges are easy (Ebay/EB spares etc etc)
There will not be two many one owner cars I would think but every Cup I have seen has been well maintained - high or low mileage versions.
Its the standard V6 engine so depending on its mileage it will determine when you need a cambelt etc Better safe than sorry though !!!!
Usual mileage/years rules apply there.
Parts are fairly standard and as you say Look a Likes/ Rep....ica's are around showing that externally at least you can replace OK.
If it has Q2 put on its a good bonus.
As for the exhaust some favour the original single tailpipe.
Other go out and have a Quad fitted. Personally I think the quad looks better with a Autodelta skirt (two part) but thats just me. rather than just cutting a hole in the rear bumper skirt
Have a look at the Cup list here.
I took some pictures of the Cup "rears" towards the later part of the 30 odd pages which might help
Of course the sound you want is another part to deciding as its not all about looks.
Usual rules about service history.
The more the better etc etc
Yes you need to check the brakes/discs but hopefully a test drive will give you a clue there.
Check if is had a clutch replacement recently and what type if it has.
Will be a useful bonus if done.
If it has been lowered/had revised shocks put on (Koni's etc) then you will notice the difference to a more standard car.
Just depends on how hard you like the ride.
There are several for sale now on Pistonheads and here so get into one,and start smiling when than V6 kicks in.