Ok to recap, I had the Irish registration number and the last place it was registered in - Newport in Tipperary.
Whilst I was living in Canada, I came across a highly recommended series of books by Tom Cotter - the "In The Barn" series. One of the stories told how a guy had found an old bus he used to own using Streetview. I knew this would never work for me, but I gave it a go.
I "walked" all the streets of Newport, which didn't take too long, it's not that big. Anyhow, I found an independent mechanics number on the town website, and I phoned him up, thinking that if anyone had seen an old red Alfa, he would have. He said he had seen the car just 2 weeks before.
The story is that a fella came in looking a clutch done on his work Transit van. The mechanic was the only one who could do it in a hurry, and when he left the van back to the fella to get paid, the fella brought him into a shed and offered him the GTV6. As the mechanic is a Ford man, he wasn't interested and that's where it was left.
After I called, the mechanic was kind enough to dig the fella's number out of his old invoices and he gave it to me. I phoned the fella up and after ascertaining that it was indeed my car, he wanted to sell it to me. He even said, sure take it away and check it out and then send me what you think it's worth. I told him he was off his head and that I would be down with a trailer and cash on Saturday.
We settled on a price, which with hindsight was probably a wee bit high, but it didn't matter. I was getting my old car back. I hired a trailer - this was before I bought my own - and drove just over 4 hours down and just over 4 hours back and brought the old girl home.
I pushed it into a shed in the same yard it was sold out of 20 years before, and went to Tasmania on holiday for 6 weeks, a fortnight later. When I came back I stripped the car completely down to a bare shell, and had it blasted and primed.
So that's it so far, it is patiently waiting its turn in the queue. I have another GTV6 which I am doing as a stripped out sprint/hillclimb car with a 3lt 24v engine. Also a 3lt 75 Veloce which needs tidied and MOT'd, a 145 Cloverleaf which needs welded and MOT'd and my 159 which is having its gearbox sorted out as I type this.
So busy times ahead, but how else would we have it. ALFA - Always Looking For Another. Now to track down the 77 Twinspark I sold down south too!