I'm looking forward to learning from the community and contributing when I've got something qualified to say!!!
So I'm new to the forum but not Alfa's. My quick history - not many cars but Alfa has always remained in my blood
Basically I had a '94 model facelift met blue 164 TS Super back in '95 and then a 156. The 164 was a bargain at the time, bought it from BCA Blackbushe, only a year old so 2 years warranty remaining. I had just decided to ditch company cars and went to the auction looking for something safe like a 3 series. I had a £10k budget but the sad and tired 316's and 318's within budget were depressing, in solid colours such as traffic-stained-off-white (hmmm, nice!), 3+ years old, no radio even half the time. Maybe another company Cavalier wasn't so bad, why complain at someone throwing yet another new car at me?!
Then I went on walk about in amongst teh hundreds of other cars I'd bypassed previously and saw this 164, looking as new with 9.5k miles. An elderly chap got chatting with me and his story of his 164 cloverleaf, how he loved it, never let him down etc. I said, great. but I can't afford this - look at it!
Anyway I inspected it thoroughly, heard her start up, and went into the hall. It turns out that half way through the day Fiat & Alfa hold a special auction once a month, somebody from head office was on the podium as well, and instant decisions could be made on below reserve cars. There were about 100 Fiat Group cars for sale, wide bodied 155's, 145/6, Brava's (i bought a 1.4SX for the wife from BCA soon after (TOTAL HEAP OF ****, not the example I bought, they were all like that, worst car ever made!), Bravos, etc
Anyway, i digress, so auctioneer says "who will start me at 12 (k£)?.......... 10?? ....... 8??? Bidding starts, just two trade peeps from what I could tell looking from the back of the hall
, running out at 9.5k, then I stepped in last second, other guy puts in one more bid and I got it for £10k ..... but reserve not met
But all ok, Alfa man says price is good enough (and zero buyers fee back then!) I felt on cloud nine walking up to the podium to pay a deposit, trying to style it out and not trip over with the elation. I couldn't believe I would be going home in a virtually new best looking exec car, with warranty - and the drive back was amazing.
I ran the car for three years, only two faults with it the whole time. The receiver for the remote was faukty and changed under warranty (they changed the whole light unit/receiver and issued new fobs). And of course the alloy wing mirror mounts corroded.
My brother in law then bought it off me and ran it for many years but ran it into the ground
but then traded in for at Alfa GT, so he just about redeemed himself
I loved my 164 but fell in love with the looks of the 156 and bought a new 2.0TS in silver with red leather from Holland in exact UK spec. I then changed jobs after 1 year and HAD to take a company car. ARRRRGGHHHH - I had to sell the 156 at a huge loss (even with the Dutch discount vs UK) and I hardly got time to enjoy it properly. The 156 was a good car but for various reasons I didn't miss it in quite the same way as the 164.
Then the company I worked for changed the rules, private cars were an option but I needed an estate. The 156 SW was too small so a succession on A6's and BMW's followed. A6's, even in quattro V6's were so dull to drive, no steering or chassis feel, bouncy ride, felt every pebble you went over yet rolled on corners like a barge. How did they manage to combine the worst of everything? My last car sold last week, was a '58 530d mSport. Awesome car actually (have to say all the 5's I had were great drivers) and I was really sad the day after I sold it, odd because I didn't feel emotionally attached when I owned it. I think we've all been through that with an ex or two!
So I'm now w/o wheels at all now and wanting a 164 again. There's a beautiful V6-24 Auto Super for sale on the bay for £4.5k, black with black leather, 55k miles. I have no idea how to value this car. The guides say £1000 but are not much use me thinks for rarities like this. I do need to think about not loosing a small fortune should my circumstances change again and I need for example to sell after a year or two, so what is a fair price for both parties?