This is an interesting thread. I'm one of those people that tends to read what's posted but doesn't usually reply or get involved, usually because my personal opinion is the polar opposite of what others are saying & I can't be bothered to get into a fight over it.
My GTV is an eleven year old 'V' reg. It isn't used every day, it's a toy. It comes out on sunny days when I feel like having some fun on the local B roads. I spent over 3K buying it (late 2009) & well over the same again getting it something like decent - suspension & brakes all round, stainless exhaust, timing belt, paint, etc, etc. I don't care that it only does 20 ish to the gallon - probably much less when my right foot's buried in the carpet all the time. Yes, parts are expensive but I didn't walk into GTV ownership with my eyes shut & I bet they're no more expensive than any other manufacturer's 3.0 litre sports offerings. I'm not a mechanic & I'm happy to pay a fair price for someone who knows what they're doing to look after my car.
Clive's right, values should be buoyant - ES30 SZ's have risen by getting on for 10k in the past couple of years. but it's a sad fact that everyone assumes that because the 916 GTV is an "old" car, they should automatically be cheap.
I know that right now it's not worth what I've spent on it but it's a keeper - I'll not be selling it any time soon. Our time will come - ask anyone who owns a good example of a 105 series GTV or, to a lesser extent (at the moment), an Alfetta GTV.
Maybe considering an "investment" 916 GTV or Spider now isn't such a daft idea.....
With all due respect and as an Alfa GTV fan, to compare to an SZ or even a 105 bertone is silly, i think we can all agree on that one.
The fuel issue is because i want to drive my V6 everyday and i did, i put the fuel in and even told myself it was fine, i earn good money and at least i wasnt paying 350 a month to drive a brand new dull car. I was different and actually not wrapping too much of my hard earned up in what is at the end of the day, a car to get me from A to B.
But when you look around at what else you could get for say Clives prices, well theres cars out there Alfas or non Alfas that are younger, rarer, better etc than GTV's.
Not to mention some nearly new low mileage 147's face lift's with leather and refinemnts for same money but 50mpg and also 159's are comming down, i saw couple of 159 TI's for sub 8k monies, im waiting another year and i'll be in a 159 with all the toys for under 4k.
I love Alfas and i love more that they depreciate as i dont buy new cars as im not stupid. The GTV hasnt stopped depreciating yet cause theres quite alot left for one.
Right now cars that will be going up are 75's possibly 155's but they wont be like sitting on a gold mine either.