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Long story short: I bought the car while on garden leave; I recently went back to work – reality bites.

OK, let’s get into a bit more detail:

I’m toying with the idea of selling my 2003 Alfa Romeo 156 GTA. They'd been on my radar for a very long time, and I finally found a good one at Hollybrook Sportscars in Northern Ireland.

As sold, it was in excellent condition throughout – with 35,000 miles, two former keepers, full service history and bills. It was in a lovely, rare colour too: Cosmo Blu metallic, which is a very classy, understated alternative to silver or black.

At 33,100 miles in December 2013, the previous owner had already had the following carried out:


  • Rebuilt brakes all round with new pads and discs front and rear – including the the 330mm upgrade to the front
  • Koni FSD shock absorbers all-round
  • Q2 differential
  • Powerflex polyurethane stub axle bushes
  • Driver’s window regulator and switch pack
  • Full service – including all fluids, plugs, filters, belts and tensioners
  • New metal-impellor water pump
  • New badges all-round
  • New OEM gearknob
  • New coil-pack on the number 1 cylinder
  • New sill covers
  • New key
  • Strip, sandblast all four alloy wheels
  • 4 new Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres

This work totalled £6,285.33.

At the time of sale in April, the car had covered less than 2,000 miles.

I paid £10,950 for the car, and immediately had the following work completed by specialist, JRC Auto:


  • Wizard cat-back exhaust system
  • Powerflex polyurethane exhaust rubbers throughout
  • Strip, clean and waxoyl underside and Dinitrol cavities
  • Four-wheel alignment
  • Fuchs Titan Race Pro S 10W-60 Ester fully-synthetic oil with filter change
  • Air conditioning service and recharge

Hollybrook Sportscars' photos of the car can be viewed here:

Hollybrook Sportscars » Alfa Romeo 156 V6 24V Gta

Driving the car home from Belfast, I noticed a few issues and booked it in to Alfa Aid in Maidenhead, where the following was carried out:


  • Full front-end respray to the bumper, bonnet front wings and blended doors/sills
  • Remove corrosion on front wings
  • Eibach Pro springs and anti-roll bars
  • New front lower wishbones
  • New rear top mounts
  • New radiator lower transfer pipe
  • New thermostat
  • New pollen filter
  • Full four-wheel alignment
  • Repair driver’s seat with new side bolster cushion (lower section) and trim – address wear to upper section
  • Drill out and replace snapped exhaust manifold stud
  • Uprated PIAA headlight bulbs
  • Upgraded PIAA silicone wiper blades
  • Replace faulty column stalk (for on-board display menu access)

The cost of this work exceeds £6,800 – and I have all the bills to prove it.

Therein lies the problem: my new job entails a 3- to 4-hour commute into London, and the Season Ticket adds up to a similar amount. What’s more: the role is bigger than I’d imagined and will require me to travel and work long hours. The car deserves better than shunting between train station and airport car parks. And my spare time will be limited for the foreseeable future.

So, I’ve posted this thread to gauge the possible level of interest among those who will appreciate my GTA for what it is. I don’t need to sell; but, I have some house repairs looming, and a cheap 'smoker' could handle the station schlep.

I rarely use superlatives, but this 156 GTA must be one of the very best remaining – and certainly, (potentially) available for sale. The mileage and ownership are low; there’s a full service history from new (main dealers and recognised, independent specialists); every MOT is present, and all the desirable modifications have been carried out.

Over £13,000 has been spent since December 2013 years bringing this car up to its current condition. In that period, it's only covered some 5,000 miles.

All work has been carried out to an extremely high standard, and the car has been properly and professionally sorted. Cosmetically, structurally and mechanically, this GTA is A1: it presents fabulously, and drives beautifully. For now, I’m not going to actively advertise it, and the price will reflect its condition and provenance.

If you’re interested, reply to this thread and we can arrange a viewing or a chat.
 

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Timing is everything, isn't?

This is an exploratory exercise at this stage – but a recent thread got me thinking:

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-gta/897705-anyone-selling-up-their-156-gta-pref-sw.html

I've spent a lot on the car, and now have a Season-Ticket-sized hole in my bank account. My house also needs some work, before winter hits.

We'll see.

I'd only consider selling for the right price, and to a serious enthusiast (of which there are many on here).
 

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I'm just about to advertise my very rare Maserati Karif. If it goes quick I may be interested in this. If not good luck with the sale. Sounds a beauty!!
 

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Graham_Brera: this GTA is indeed a fine example. I looked at quite a few over a number of years, before choosing this one. None were in comparable condition, even before I had all the recent work carried out.

I'm testing the waters, purely because my priorities (and demands on my time) have shifted. Keep me posted with any developments your end, and feel free to contact me with any questions.
 

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Just out of interest, I'm wondering what you do for a living, my guess is Journalist, for a fashion magazine?

That or in marketing, again with a clothing twist?
 

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Just out of interest, I'm wondering what you do for a living, my guess is Journalist, for a fashion magazine?

That or in marketing, again with a clothing twist?
Chris155: you're close in your estimations... I actually work as a Creative Director in advertising; sadly, not for fashion brands. Either way, it's a job that keeps me busy – always has.
 

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I would pop that one away if you have the space. It looked like a very nice car when I saw the Hollybrook advert .
 

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I would pop that one away if you have the space. It looked like a very nice car when I saw the Hollybrook advert .
It was a lovely car, as bought; it's even better now.

I have the space to keep it, but not necessarily the time. If anyone's looking for a properly sorted GTA, then I might sell to free up funds for other ventures. If not, then I'll just drive and enjoy it as intended.
 

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With the way work's going, I am leaning towards a sale. If you are looking to acquire what is possibly one of the finest 156 GTAs around, get in touch.
 

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Thanks for the link, Hedge – I had't seen it yet.

From the comments section, it's clear that these cars will always polarise opinions.

You either get Alfas, or you don't. There's not much (or many) in-between.
It's also clear that the general forums of PH are increasingly frequented by idiots who feel the need to comment (negatively) on subjects they know or care little about just to be a dick.

Car looks great Richard.

Cheers
Swanny
 

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I've piped up on the thread, for what it's worth.

A car like this isn't going to sell overnight. Only so many will "get" paying this sort of dough for a 12 year old Alfa that came with a dodgy reputation, let's face it. But someone shall, I'm sure.

Cheers,
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It's also clear that the general forums of PH are increasingly frequented by idiots who feel the need to comment (negatively) on subjects they know or care little about just to be a dick.

Car looks great Richard.

Cheers
Swanny
That seems to be the internet and media in general (bar this forum of course). I only use eBay, netflix, here and a few sites for shopping now. I avoid the news and social media etc etc, waste of my time and energy.
 

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Firstly, good luck with the sale, hopefully you get the outcome you wish for.

The discussion on PH is interesting if anything. Sorry to sidetrack here, one poster mentioned an "upgrade" I'd never heard of despite being on here for almost 10 yrs. I have paste it below....

"As for steering feel... Yup, again, I agree. It is too vague. Which is why I kept the original 2.5 power steering pump on my 156 and why I plan to change the one on my 147 to a 156 2.5 v6 pump. Alfa revlaved the gates pump to offer more assistance, supporting the GTA's faster rack and compromised the steering's feel. Swapping to a 2.5 v6 pump takes a couple of hours and they can be sourced for not a lot, mostly resolving this issue."
 

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Firstly, good luck with the sale, hopefully you get the outcome you wish for.

The discussion on PH is interesting if anything. Sorry to sidetrack here, one poster mentioned an "upgrade" I'd never heard of despite being on here for almost 10 yrs. I have paste it below....
Probably because it's not something I've really mentioned on here. But running the diesel has highlighted the lack of feel the 147 has and I remember the 3.2 156 I built as being much better. I just can't be bothered replacing it ATM. Should've done it when I had the engine out but I didn't think about it.
 

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Stunning looking and sounding GTA. Strong money but i'm sure someone will buy it.

But not me.

I'm going to buy an Accord Type R as there is clearly no better lardy front wheel drive saloon on sale from 1998 that could get close to the value for money at £3k. If I can't find one of these i'll but a V6 Mondeo - best engine ever!
 
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