Historics at Brooklands - Specialist Classic and Sports Car Auctioneers - 1997 Alfa Romeo GTV Coupé
And before the usual detractors moan this is silly money, this was a car in virtually new condition with only 7,500 miles on the clock. Albeit nearly 20 years old! What does £8000 buy these days... some crappy little hatch back if you're lucky!
If looked after it will appreciate, I would bet my legs on that. It will also be rarer than V6's in the future as how many people are nursing and looking after Twin Sparks?
Although ill be a long time seeing 8k with 157k miles on the clock of my 96.
By the start of the summer it will have brand new suspension, (alfaholics rear arb, koni sports, polybushes, new springs, bumpstops and sparco strut bar).
Last year i (my friend actually) fitted a new clutch, master cylinder, spare gearbox and belts tensioners and water pump, plugs, gaskets, pads, braided lines, discs, thermostat and the front arb.
Previous to me, the old owner replaced the entire exhaust, spring pan bushes, alternator, slave cylinder, plugs, belts, tensioners, radiator and coolant pipes and countless other stuff during his ownership.
Ive also upgraded to 17 inch teledials with new goodyear eagle f1s
Save for a respray (which will be done when its no longer my daily driver in about 18 months), I should have a reasonably well looked after gtv, right in time for its 3000 mile trip to the ring and stelvio pass
The funny thing is, I bought it needing a new gearbox, the rest has just been done, or is being done so I can have one of the best handling gtvs.
That said, I don't see it as an investment (investments make money and cars are one of the worst investments for that), it just makes me happy, every time i drive it on backroads.