An Italian would say: “non si trova una macchina migliore”. For the people who do not understand the Italian language:”It is difficult to find an even better one”. We simply can not help it: we adore this Gran Turismo. But to find perfect ones requires firstly professional knowledge: 39 years working in the automotive industry, owning more than 38 years various Alfa’s and 15 years working at an Alfa Romeo dealership .. So we can say we have some knowledge.. In addition, the love for the Milanese brand is necessary and perhaps most importantly: a good network. People who think of you when they have something for sale or knowing of a car which is for sale. Real enthusiasts do not immediately advertise, but first look around in their own network, because then they know that their car is well taken care of in the future.
In this way we were recently approached about this great GTV6. The car is from the first series from 1981 and has driven only 89.207 km. The complete history is known. Mr Kienast from Isernhagen Germany bought the car on April 16, 1981 at Alfa dealer Menzel & Schütte from Hanover. Approximately 40.000 km later the car was taken over in 1984 by Mr. Eberhard from a nearby town called Lehrte. Several invoices testify that this man also had the car serviced at the dealer who had delivered the car. Herr Eberhard maintained the Alfa until recently always perfectly and it was purely used as a hobby car. This is also due to the low mileage. Due to cosmetic reasons, the car was repainted about 10 years ago and that is done perfectly. There is no rust spot or otherwise to be seen. Take a look at the pictures of the battery box and spare wheel compartment; unprecedentedly original and untouched. Also nothing has been done at the bottom. It is absolutely perfect! The interior is also of the highest quality, without even a single damage. Recently, extensive maintenance has been carried out with a brake overhaul, new tires, timing belt, etc.
We are fortunate that after the second owner passed away, via his son, this sublime Alfa came on our way and we hope that the next owner will treat this wonderful car with the same passion as the two previous owners did. The car deserves it, because we have not seen a first series GTV6 of this quality before. The quality was recently also confirmed by the jury of professionals at Interclassics Maastricht who handed over the trophy for “Best of the 80s”.
Essentially a coupé version of the Alfetta, the GTV6 retained the four-seat layout and Giugiaro styling of its saloon sibling, but also brought a sonorous six-cylinder engine to the table.
The in 1981 revealed GTV6 had all the ingredients of a true Italian sports car – penned by Giugiaro, voiced by a V6, and driven by the dandified. But there was one thing which separated it from its compatriots: it could carry not two, but four occupants in leather-trimmed comfort. In addition, there was ample space for luggage.
The interior was more like a luxury saloon than a sports car in terms of its ambience. Thanks to the large glass area, it had a light and airy atmosphere; however, the car retained its purposeful squat, often lost when rooflines are raised in the transition from drawing board to forecourt.
Shielded beneath the bonnet of the GTV was a choice between two classic Alfa engines: the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder twin-cam from the Giulietta or an all-aluminium 2.5-litre V6 engine, with 131 and 160HP respectively. By far the preferred option was the GTV6, which housed what was widely regarded as the ‘best-sounding V6’ on the market at the time. Despite being borrowed from the Alfa 6 saloon, the powerplant really found its home in the GTV6, no doubt due to the Bosch fuel injection which replaced the previously-used carburettors.
The creamy V6 and striking coachwork masked an unusual transaxle layout – the GTV and its four-door Alfetta sibling were among the rare cars that use such a set-up, despite the motor and driven wheels being at opposite ends of the car. This quirk established an unconventional way of separating the wheat from the chaff; an unfamiliar pilot would soon draw a crunch from the gearbox which would only be drowned out by the laughter of onlookers. Only those who knew the car were aware that second gear had to be engaged before first – the GTV was a car that needed to be conquered, in the character of a true Italian sports car.