Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Aussie in Sweden
Honestly I don't think they will ever truly reach classic status. That is to say; that other than Alfisti I don't think 916's are going to peak too much interest from anyone who doesn't already love Alfa's.
I love my GTV and so do most people who see it and have been in it. But I just can't see a GTV/Spider ever reaching a 'true' classic car status. By 'true classic car' I am talking about cars like the 60's Ferrari California which appeals even to people like me, that is to say; people who don't really like Ferrari's at all. I don't think the GTV will ever be a car like that. Not even the Busso's and my main reason for that is because cars like the 60's California, Lambo Miura, Mustang, AC Cobra etc. were cars that defined motoring at those particular times. They were cars that had a large impact on the world of motoring.
Now of course I think the 916 is a beautiful platform, but they were never anything overly "special" in the world of motoring. Of course to us owners they are very special. But they didn't inspire a generation of kids who had posters of them on their wall (California, Miura), they didn't inspire a complete transformation of a car market (Mustang, AC Cobra), 916's are simply cars that are loved and adored by their owners but the rest of the world think we are mad for owning one because its an Alfa. And that is probably the biggest limiting factor......they are viewed as being "an Alfa' if you get what I mean. People just sit there and go "why on earth did you buy a car that is going to break down every 5 metres and cost you and arm and a leg to fix?".
So between the 916 platform not really doing much in term of inspiring the motor industry and Alfa having a certain stigma associated with them in the general public; the 916 will never be a true classic. Obviously I would love it if they did but I just don't see them ever getting there.
2000 Alfa 156 Sportwagon 2.0 TS CF3
2002 Alfa GTV 2.0 TS CF3
1983 Porsche 944