1993-2004 Alfa Romeo GTV Buying Guide
The mid-’90s GTV may well combine the desirable traits of old with modern-day tech, but there are still things to watch out for. Here’s the lowdown
How much to pay
• Project £500-1500 • Good £2500-7000 • Concours £8000-10,000 •
• Most expensive at auction: £12,000 (3.0-litre GTV Cup)
Running costs ★★★
DIY friendly ★★★★
Introduced in 1993, the GTV Coupé was a belated replacement for the wedge-shaped Alfetta GTV that had been built back in the ’70s and ’80s. Both the GTV Coupé and its convertible Spider stablemate offered a wide range of rev-happy engines from a 2.0-litre inline-four up to a 3.0-litre V6, albeit the drop-top had slightly less well resolved handling capabilities.
Performance and handling were commendable despite the controversial front-wheel-drive layout, and the Phase 2 models introduced in 1998, and Phase 3 models from 2003-on, further refined the package.
By the time new-car sales came to an end, multivalve engines, traction control and upgraded suspension had all been added, keeping the GTV a competitive and desirable alternative to the comparatively mundane German offerings. Decent parts availability and a thriving Alfa community add to the ownership experience, making for Italian flare without the empty club scene.
Your AutoClassics Alfa Romeo GTV (1993-2004) inspection checklist
The four-cylinder twin-spark engines are mostly trouble free, although some head-gasket failures have been noted and a cambelt change every 36,000 miles or three years is essential.
Power delivery should be linear throughout the rev range, so if there are flat-spots when nearing the red line the mass-airflow sensor may need replacing. If there is a notable rattle at idle then the cam variator may also be due for replacement.
V6s also require cambelt changes but only every 72,000 miles, although most specialists recommend more frequent intervals than the three-year limit. These engines tend to use a fair amount of oil, too, and topping up a pint at every second fuel stop is relatively normal. If you are constantly filling up with oil and the exhaust is blowing out blue smoke, then the rings may be worn.
Oil-cooler pipes on V6s have a tendency to corrode over time, but a quick check underneath can reveal any potential issues.
1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Allegerita by...
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Monterey event, 24 - 25 August 2018. Check back soon for complete catalogue description. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.comTo view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/MO18.Auction | 20 Jun 2018$ POA
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider 1300 1961
This 1961 Alfa Romeo Giuletta has been restored some years ago and in 2014 the underside was completely restored again, invoice available. Mechanically this car is in a very good condition, it has good oil pressure and temperature. It has a 1290cc 4 cylinder engine with Solex carburetors and 91HP. All gearbox synchros enable trouble free gear change. The interior is in very good condition and theFor Sale | 07 Jun 2018 | Wijnegem, Belgium€ 87,000
Alfa Romeo 146 1974
GT 1300 Junior er modellen, der forener den `nye` Bertone karosse, med det fine instrumentbord fra 1750 GTV modellen med store instrumenter i glas. Med en tilpasset 1750 front med 2 og ikke 4 forlygter, er det en relativt sjælden version. En 1300 motor kan selvfølgelig aldrig have en 2000 motors solide bundtræk. Alfa`s 1300 motor er til gengæld en fint afbalanceret sag, der stortrives med mangFor Sale | 29 May 2018 | Stelvio Automobili ApS Måløv Værkstedsby 93 DK-2760 Måløv€ 25,500
Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce 1972
A very nice 2 liter Bertone GT. This is originally a Swedish car. We bought it 8 years ago and took the car apart for a complete body restoration and some mechanical work as well. It also received an all new interior with upholstery in tan leather. Foto documentation available from restoration process. High quality paint job in rare original Alfa color Blu Pervinca. After restoration we sold tFor Sale | 25 May 2018 | Stelvio Automobili ApS Måløv Værkstedsby 93 DK-2760 Måløv€ 34,900
ALFA ROMEO SPIDER 2.0 65.320 KMS FROM NEW, 2ND OWNER...
A truly magnificent and fully authentic `91 Alfa Romeo Spider 2.0. This ‘type 4’ version is one of the most desirable Spiders, being the last rear-wheel drive one produced. It was supplied to a client on the 25th September 1991 in Emmerdingen, Germany. We have acquired it at 65,320 km from its` second owner. The car is really as good as new with 99% of the paintwork gleamingly original and tanFor Sale | 22 May 2018 | ARNHEMSESTRAAT 47, 6971 AP BRUMMEN, THE NETHERLANDS€ 23,950
Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA SPIDER 1958
This stunning 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider with matching numbers comes in a gorgeous and radiant red with black interior piped in red. This is an older restoration and comes equipped with a 4 speed manual transmission, single Solex carburetor and chrome wheels. It has beautiful paint and interior and excellent bright work. It was previously sold by Gooding & Company in 2016 for $71,500. With 2For Sale | 19 May 2018 | 4576 1/2 Worth St, Los Angeles, CA 90063, USA$ 69,500
Alfa Romeo SPIDER DUETTO 1600CC 1966
ALFA ROMEO SPIDER “DUETTO” 1600CC 1966 Estimated Value: £33,000 – £36,000 Recently bought over from Paris, it is in the process of being UK registered. A “one owner” vehicle with French papers. Interior is original and in beautiful condition. Exterior has been refreshed and looks to be solid. If interested contact us ASAP.For Sale | 18 May 2018 | Tolleshunt Knights, Maldon, Essex CM9 8HX, UK£ POA
Alfa Romeo 2600 Zagato 1968
Vehicle Specifications Original info states sold new Feb 2, 1968 into Novara, Italy Original color: Grigio Metallizzato (metallic grey). I believe it would look better back in its original Grey metallic. The last of the great Zagato bodied Alfa’s. The 2600 Zagato coupe had 165hp to the Spyder and Sprints 145hp plus the Zagatos were 300lbs lighter. More power and light weight – a gFor Sale | 10 May 2018 | 458 Danbury Rd, New Milford, CT 06776, USA£ POA
ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA 1300 SPIDER RESTORED CONDITION...
We have been able to source this stunning 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1300 Spider from Switzerland. This model has a 5cm longer wheelbase compared to its predecessor; much improving the driving position and allowing for more cabin space. A few years ago it was thoroughly restored with a keen eye to the original details.The bodywork is nice and straight with correctly fitted panels and panel gaps. ThFor Sale | 09 May 2018 | ARNHEMSESTRAAT 47, 6971 AP BRUMMEN, THE NETHERLANDS€ 69,950
Gearboxes are tough and stand up to abuse well, especially in the less torquey four-cylinder models. A reluctance to slot into fifth ratio may sometimes be as simple as a loose nut that requires tightening.
If there is too much resistance when changing gear, or notchiness between shifts, it may be worth getting the transmission inspected by a specialist.
Suspension and brakes
The suspension and brakes are generally trouble free and require only periodic checking for split rubber bushes or warped discs, especially on the V6 models. On early 2.0-litre cars the rear suspension bushes tended to wear out prematurely, so listen out for any knocking sounds when going over bumps. Specialists offer upgraded items, which resolves the issue.
The GTV has a plastic-composite front and rear bumper and is susceptible to stone chips, so a respray may have been carried out at some point on certain cars. Paint quality was not always to a high standard and some examples, especially red ones and darker colours, will have faded over time.
Lusso versions of the Spider were fitted with electric roof mechanisms, and these can sometimes malfunction due to broken microswitches or stretched cabling. Both are relatively easy fixes, but if the actual roof motor is damaged then you will be in for a big bill.
Perhaps the only real weak spot of the GTV/Spider range is the patchy electrical system. Some owners have complained of intermittent faults with wipers and interior lights, while others mention faulty window-winder switches.
The airbag, ABS and engine-management lights should go out once the car has been started – if not, they may be faulty. It's worth checking that everything is working as it should on your potential purchase, as tracing faults can mean expensive labour costs.
Leather front-seat bolsters tend to wear from years of use, but otherwise most plastics and seat coverings tend to be hard wearing.
● 1995: 916 Series GTV Coupé and Spider launched, and depending on the region are available with 148bhp 2.0-litre inline-four, 197bhp 2.0-litre V6 turbo and 189bhp 3.0-litre 12-valve V6 engines. All are front-wheel drive and fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox.
● 1996: Lusso (luxury) specification adds climate control, leather interior and a power soft-top on Spiders.
● 1997: 24v head introduced on 3.0-litre models, increasing power output to 217bhp.
● 1998: Phase 2 model introduced; updates include a new centre console and switchgear, plus colour-coded bumpers. The 2.0-litre Turbo V6 is now available on the Spider, and a new 140bhp 1.8-litre engine is introduced for certain markets. 3.0-litre models now come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox.
● 2000: 2.0-litre V6 turbo and 1.8-litre engines discontinued, and all remaining unit are modified to comply with stricter emission standards.
● 2001: Limited-edition GTV Cup offered with unique body styling, and available with either 2.0-litre or 3.0-litre drivetrains. A total of 419 units are built, with 155 in RHD form and with the 3.0-litre V6 engine.
● 2003: Phase 3 model introduces range-wide updates such as softer suspension settings, uprated audio systems and the availability of traction control on all but the base model. A more powerful 161bhp 2.0-litre inline-four and new 237bhp 3.2-litre V6 are introduced.
● 2004: Production ends, but new vehicles are still available up until 2006.
The Alfa Romeo GTV may not have quite reached modern classic status just yet, but with its combination of performance and reliability allied with that head-turning Pininfarina-penned body, now may be the time to bag one at a bargain price.
For those hunting down a well balanced and entertaining car, a 2.0-litre coupé is ideal; the lighter front end compared with the V6s, and revvy nature, make it ideal for twisty A-roads.
The V6 models are tempting for their strong performance and great soundtracks, although fitting an aftermarket LSD can greatly enhance the driving experience. The limited-edition Cup versions had desirable bodykits and tend to command a premium over standard cars. A V6 Spider is an ideal summer toy, but not quite as sharp to drive as the coupé.
|1.8 TS inline-4|
|2.0 TS inline-4|
|2.0 JTS inline-4|
|2.0-Litre V6 Turbo|
|3.0-Litre 12v V6|
|3.0-Litre 24v V6|
|3.2-Litre 24v V6|
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