OK, I hadn't been expecting to be selling this on quite this quickly, but with the unexpected arrival of the Y10 on Saturday the fleet is over capacity again, and I'm starting to get dirty looks from the neighbours again. I'd much rather sell the Perodua and / or the HR-V, but I'm not getting very far with either of those, so the Alfa is sadly going to have to move on. I'd wanted to try a 156 V6 for a long time, and whilst I wouldn't say that the itch has been scratched (I'll be 6 feet under before I tire of hearing the snarl of a Busso V6 at full chat), I can at least technically tick it off the bucket list now.
The car, like most on here, is ex-Bramz, and latterly ex-HMC. HMC carried out some improvements, including fitting a new steering wheel and gear knob to replace the rather tired leather originals, fitting a new intake pipe (off a 156 GTA no less) and thermostat, lubing up the gear linkage and carrying out an oil change. It would also have a new air filter, but being the absent-minded twat that I am, I left the replacement filter in HMC's kitchen.
It drives lovely, the 6-speed gearbox is quiet and quite slick for an Alfa and the engine is a peach. I'd not experienced the 2.5 Busso before (I'd had the 3.0 in a 166), and whilst it's very much an engine which gives its best in the upper reaches of its rev range, it's also surprisingly flexible, pulling quite smoothly uphill from 1200rpm in 5th. And when you floor it it sounds horny as fuck.
The interior is pimptastic red leather and in pretty good condition overall. All the electrics work as far as I can make out, although the (aftermarket) stereo is completely baffling (it's on Radio 3 at the moment and I'm leaving it there - I tried to turn the volume up once and it switched off and wouldn't turn back on again for half an hour, so I've left it well alone since then). I'm sure it's just me being a luddite mind.
Bodywork is solid and looks good in metallic black, but does have a few scuffs / scratches etc, the worst of which is probably on the front bumper. Tyres are all decent, albeit not high-end makes, but they seem to grip well enough.
It drove fine back from Devon to Norfolk, via my parents' place near Bristol (about 375 miles all in). I didn't check the oil before I left but it was still on the maximum mark when I got home, which is a good sign. There is a bit of a vibration over 70 so might need a wheel balancing, and an occasional clonk over larger bumps (the usual Alfa bushes), but otherwise I couldn't really fault it. It did about 35mpg as well, which was mostly driving sensibly but with the occasional foot-to-the-floor moment because it would be rude not to.
Thanks to the marvel of efficiency that is today's DVLA, I already have the V5C in my name. This and the driver's handbook are the only paperwork that comes with the car though - the MOT is to July but there's no certificate. There's also no history, so no indication of when the cambelt was last done - I would assume it must have had at least one in its life as it's done 96K, but that is just an assumption.
Here are some pictures: