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Does anyone want my GTV?

Sad, sad day. My GTV's been for its MOT, and it's a complete fail. Primarily it's a busted brake line and rotten sills. I don't have the space, time, money, or motivation to fix it up. Does anyone want it?

It's a 2001 3.0V6, Dark blue, black interior, aero kit. I've had it since 2002. It's done ~110k miles, and cosmetically it's not bad. The interior is good. The engine runs like a champ. Not that it really matters in this situation, but I've got all the service history, paperwork, spare keys, wheel nuts etc etc. I've even got the original stereo in a box somewhere. I've generally looked after it, but it's been standing idle for the last two or three years, outside, hence the decline.

I'm happy to give the car to someone who wants it. If you'd like to make a charity donation in exchange for it, I'd feel less sad about waving it off. It's at my mechanic's, near Chesterfield, and you'd have to come and get it. He wants it out of the way, so it's all or nothing: no taking a wing mirror and leaving the rest!

The only complicating factor is that it's got a a full stainless exhaust made by Stainless Exhaust Specialist. That's probably worth a few quid, and we're planning to take that off and sell it here. Any offers on that? Separately or with the car.

Message me if you're interested.


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Shame, I feel for you mate. I'd love to take it but got too many cars needing fixing myself already...
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I'd love to take on your gtv. Happy to agree a donation to a charity of your choice and arrange collection at a time convenient to you. PM me your contact number and I'll call you.
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Given there's been a surprising amount of interest in the GTV, a few more details.

I understand that there's a fair bit of welding needs doing "underneath". I think it's the sills, but I'm not 100%. I suspect it's not too pretty under there. The exhaust is blowing: I think the manifold is cracked. The front tracking is out of whack and it's scrubbed one of the tyres a bit. The back tyres are pretty much brand new. (All michelin Pilots.)

Bodywork: there's a nasty chip on the roof that needs seeing to, and some probably-won't-polish-out scratches on the rear bumper. There's also a bit of bubbling on the driver's wing mirror (which I had to replace after someone removed it for me). Other than that, the usual chipping at the front and standard wear-and-tear you expect on a 17 year old car. No dints as far as I am aware. The glass is all original, and nothing leaks. The front badge is, naturally, faded away.

Interior: No damage at all that I can think of. No rattles or anything. It has an aftermarket head unit in, that I will remove, I believe I still have the original radio, and the CD multichanger is still in the boot. I changed the speakers years ago, and I don't think I have the originals. ,The airbag light is on. (It wouldn't be a GTV without the airbag light on, would it?) The aircon was working last time I drove it, but it's been months so I wouldn't guarantee it doesn't need a regas.

I can't get photos or check anything else because it's over at my mechanic's, and I don't have a car to get over there. Hope all this doesn't sound too negative, I just don't want anyone to get any nasty surprises.

I'm not sure what to do about the stainless exhaust. I reckon that's worth a few quid on its own.
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Given there's been a surprising amount of interest in the GTV, a few more details.

I understand that there's a fair bit of welding needs doing "underneath". I think it's the sills, but I'm not 100%. I suspect it's not too pretty under there. The exhaust is blowing: I think the manifold is cracked. The front tracking is out of whack and it's scrubbed one of the tyres a bit. The back tyres are pretty much brand new. (All michelin Pilots.)

Bodywork: there's a nasty chip on the roof that needs seeing to, and some probably-won't-polish-out scratches on the rear bumper. There's also a bit of bubbling on the driver's wing mirror (which I had to replace after someone removed it for me). Other than that, the usual chipping at the front and standard wear-and-tear you expect on a 17 year old car. No dints as far as I am aware. The glass is all original, and nothing leaks. The front badge is, naturally, faded away.

Interior: No damage at all that I can think of. No rattles or anything. It has an aftermarket head unit in, that I will remove, I believe I still have the original radio, and the CD multichanger is still in the boot. I changed the speakers years ago, and I don't think I have the originals. ,The airbag light is on. (It wouldn't be a GTV without the airbag light on, would it?) The aircon was working last time I drove it, but it's been months so I wouldn't guarantee it doesn't need a regas.

I can't get photos or check anything else because it's over at my mechanic's, and I don't have a car to get over there. Hope all this doesn't sound too negative, I just don't want anyone to get any nasty surprises.

I'm not sure what to do about the stainless exhaust. I reckon that's worth a few quid on its own.
Your last comments don't change anything for me, I was looking to do a full restoration anyway, so a few bits and bobs are to be expected. If you pm me your contact number we can discuss things better including the stainless steel exhaust and a value for it to be included.
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Needs someone to restore, Would be a real insult if generosity of the current owner was insulted by someone taking it to break after realising the mountain to climb to bring it back to its former glory
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Needs someone to restore, Would be a real insult if generosity of the current owner was insulted by someone taking it to break after realising the mountain to climb to bring it back to its former glory
I fear this is what's likely to happen. OP should just eBay it on a days auction & donate the money. I would expect it to fetch over £500 just for being a V6.
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Perhaps I was being naÔve. I thought I had a burden, but it seems I have an asset! Too many people want it!
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It would surprise you how much the original stereo is worth.
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It would surprise you how much the original stereo is worth.
Good lord! It turns out the stereo is worth more than I thought the car was!
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Good lord! It turns out the stereo is worth more than I thought the car was!
As suggested, put in on ebay. Don't give it away. Those prepared to pay for it are more likely to restore it rather than break it.
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As above donít give it away, Iíve given several cars away at various times and not one of them ever ended up back on the road.

Alfa 145 Boxer (I massively regret this one) car was mint just needed head gaskets doing. Gave it to my Saturday boy when I lost my garage space. Ended up dismantled at Crawley college and never put back together.

2x Classic minis both ended up scrapped

1971 Volvo Amazon 20b got banger raced

Never giving a car away again Iím sure plenty would put it back on the road. But when people have nothing invested often they donít seem to bother.
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IMO its worth £500 all day.

How much effort is the brake line to fix? That would make it driveable, which makes recovery a more sensible proposition (to a pre-booked MOT which it will fail yadda yadda). Though some of us have recovered cars with no brakes over much greater distances....
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Incidentally should anyone know what happened to the remains of my 145 that got dismantled at Crawley I’d be interested in acquiring whatever’s left. Don’t have any pics other than this from google earth where it’s wearing a spare wheel.
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To put things in perspective - I am an Alfa owner already (we are supposedly mean?) and just paid £1,000 for a GTv V6 which doesnt run (bent valves) and also needs about £2k spent, just to get an MOT!! the reason why? It was a car I wanted with great history, everything present and original and in the colours I was looking for.

Yours is worth at least £500, even a Grand to the right person (a romantic, sentimental mug like me!)
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Yeah, with the 166 done, I'm struggling to resist this....
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Yeah, with the 166 done, I'm struggling to resist this....
You like resurrecting sad broken stuff too donít you?? Itís a bad habit of mine as well
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Okay, so there's more to this than I thought, and I see now I'd be a fool to just give it away. My original post was based on the assumption that the car was worthless, which is obviously wrong.

I'm going to go and round up all the bits and bobs, test the stereo, get a proper appreciation of what needs to be done to make the car roadworthy, have a proper look at the exhaust, and generally find out exactly what I'm dealing with. Then I'm going to try to sell it. I've had to be rather vague about its current state because I haven't actually seen it in about three months -- it's been sitting at my mechanic's in the "fix it when you get round to it" queue -- and I'd rather under-sell it than over-sell it and end up in a complicated situation.

I'm really sorry if I've led anyone on, or got anyone's hopes up. I should have done my research first, and I apologize for that. The last thing I want to do is mess anyone about.

The long-term plan had been to get someone to fix it up for me (I don't have the skills or the space), but circumstances dictate that I'm going to need a usable car imminently, and that's forced my hand. Who knows: I might be able to get an adequate runabout from the proceeds. And if someone does ever restore it, I'd be so happy I'd probably buy it back off them.

Thanks everyone who's been in touch for the advice and interest.
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Hi,

Based on this I would say yes!
http://thelatebay.com/index.php?thre...allenge.76080/
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You like resurrecting sad broken stuff too donít you?? Itís a bad habit of mine as well
Yep. Cars, Tractors, Chainsaws. All will be fixed.

Post up when it goes on eBay, iíll have a look.
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Took a while, but this has just gone up on eBay. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/123741913...84.m1555.l2649
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Recovery from Sheffield pretty much rules me out!
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is a sale, not an auction? For £1,500? Good luck with that, but can't help thinking it's a long way from the OP's original stance - to give it away - and the above advice to auction the car on eBay as a way of finding it's true worth.
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Itís an auction starting at £1500.

Which IMO is about right - Iíd probably have started at £1000 to get some interest.

The only thing Iíd add is some phone pictures of the rot. Floor pans near sills - easy, someone will bid that to a good price. Sills - harder, will be broken if they are awful.
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