GTV 3.0 24V Coupe - Stunning Concourse Condition.
Completely Corrosion Free, Pristine Example
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The Alfa Romeo GTV (Gran Turismo Veloce) was originally first designed as far back as 1987 as a replacement for the Alfetta GTV Coupe. Appearing at first with smaller engines, it was in 1998 that the 3.0 24V V6 Busso engine variant was introduced with a 6-speed manual gearbox and this was the year that Jeremy Clarkson declared his love for it. Car Magazine in the UK also had strong praise for this model and many other publications gave it strong accolades, especially in 1995, when it was first released to enthusiastic acclaim. The Busso engine has always been a thing of beauty in Alfa Romeos, not just to look at, but for its sound and wide spread of torque and power. It still remains an engine that evokes emotion in Alfa Romeo enthusiasts, decades afterwards. But the GTV V6 24V wasn't just special for its engine. The handling was also special in this car, offering GT levels of comfort and excellent handling as standard. Today, 30 years after it was originally penned and shaped by Enrico Fumia at Pininfarina, it still looks fresh & is a design that owners cannot help but look back at when getting out. When a car's design is at the pinnacle of excellence, this is usually a shape that never ages or loses its visual appeal and the GTV remains to this day, just such a car. It's a unique shape with a bonnet that opens fully, revealing the entire engine bay, as a visual showpiece, the jewel being the Busso V6 neatly nestled in the middle, surrounded by a well-designed chassis with a new multi-link rear suspension design that has proven itself over time. Braking was taken care of seriously, with Brembo sourced front callipers & discs too. The interior too was beautifully styled, although not by Pininfarina but Walter De Silva who worked for Alfa Romeo's Centro Stile design-centre.
This particular GTV6 24v was supplied new in Japan, complete with original option Momo full-leather interior. Hard to find, if not a unique example today in this deep blue metallic, complete with well-matched grey leather. Clearly a tastefully chosen combination. Further styling finesse was enhanced by an optional rear spoiler inclusive of a centrally mounted brake light. There's remote central locking with the factory fitted immobilizer as standard. Air conditioning, power steering, ABS, electric windows, electric remote controlled mirrors, tinted windows, centrally mounted gauges, dual SRS airbags, fitted over mats, rear mounted battery (For weight balance) and more. The previous owner clearly loved this car, judging by all the care and upgrades lavished on this GTV 3.0 24V and the amazing condition in which he kept it. It's clear to us this car was always garaged when not in use - and it only came out in good weather. The shift knob has been updated to a Momo item (original is in the boot of the car, with other spares thoughtfully included with the car from the last owner) and Sparco pedal covers have been fitted too. A Carrozzeria CD / Radio has replaced the original head unit. For convenience, there's a (removable) magnetic smart-phone holder too (smart-phone not included!). Finally, there's a quick-release battery isolator switch mounted in the boot; a thoughtful addition added by the collector - to save the battery when the car was stored for longer periods of time. Lots of signs of care & attention to detail on this Alfa Romeo.
The condition is superb throughout. The bodywork on these can get dented if care isn't taken. This example has pin-straight sides, with no waviness at all. Paintwork is still as fresh as when new, a testament to the care and attention with which the previous owner kept this car. As with all cars we stock, we machine polished & detailed the entire car, as this is the best way to closely inspect every panel and note faults. Fact is, this example barely needed any polishing - despite being a 20+ year-old car. We noted just one small scratch on the rear bumper which we have photographed and included in the gallery of pictures. Condition throughout is simply jaw-droppingly beautiful.
The interior is unmarked without even so much as wear to the original leather finish and it smells like a thoroughbred Italian car. This GTV6 24v has been a non-smoker's car since new. It's never suffered from water leakage, nor does it look as if it's carried any passengers at all. In the back, it looks like it's never seen anything on the leather. A testament to how little time it's spent outdoors is how soft and supple the leather still is today, over 2 decades after it rolled off the production line.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The engine and transmission have wisely been left standard. Note the lack of corrosion to the intake chromed pipes and originality of the engine bay. Hard to believe this is a 1998 car, when compared to what you'd typically find in the UK, by comparison. Note also the exhaust system is factory original and still as solid as the day this car was built.
WHEELS, BRAKES & SUSPENSION
The original wheels have been replaced with Techno Magnesio competition wheels, shod with near new Dunlop Direzza Z-II sports tyres of size 215/45R17. Wheels are all unmarked, an indication of the care & attention with which this car was used. The suspension has also been upgraded with Koni Sport gas struts and shock absorbers and Apex sports springs. Brakes are uprated with braided hoses and performance pads.
Usually, on examples that have lived their lives on Europ