Posts Tagged ‘milano’

Verde Nero – 1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde

November 3, 2014

If you’re finding that the cars you liked from the 1960s and 1970s that you liked are escaping your reach, the fully-depreciated cars of the 1980s are worth a look. Yes, the 1980s hosted some of the worst examples of stickers-n-spoilers performance packages, tacky gold trim and excess chrome on luxury cars, and engines detuned for the still-new emissions laws. But it was also the first time turbocharging could be called mainstream, and some improvements like electronic fuel injection made for much better reliability, performance, and starting. Of course, those also complicated diagnosis of problems. For a car with funky Italian styling, one of the best-sounding engines of its decade, and handling that was, like, totally rad, check out this 1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde for sale for $2500 in Cedar Falls, IA.

1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde left

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12-Cylinder Alfa(s) – 1987 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde and 1986 Alfa Romeo GTV6 3.0

October 16, 2013

Okay, so it was a bit of a cheap trick to call this listing a 12-cylinder Alfa. If you ran them simultaneously, would that count? Honesty nonsense out of the way, we can focus on the cars. Brothers from an Alfetta mother and an Alfa 6 father, these are a pair of great, underappreciated 1980s cars. While everyone is busy chasing E30 BMW M3s, you could get into one of these, either of which is likely to be faster and just as exciting as any E30 car. Stock, the 3.0 6C engine put out 188bhp, and with the addition of S cams, you could get around 200bhp in an under-3000-lb. car. Find this pair of 6-cylinder Alfas for $5000 in Walnut Creek, CA.

1986 Alfa Romeo GTV6 3.0 left front

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1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde

October 22, 2009

The first time I truly paid attention to one of these was when I saw a red one parked out in front of a used car dealer in Mountain View, CA in the early 90s. At the time, the bright red wedgy design with sporty Recaro interior and that funky u-shaped handbrake seemed pretty wild. Needless to say, the car was too expensive for a high school/college student, so I put up with admiring from a distance. More recently, a friend of mine had a 40K-mile example that was a fantastic drive, but with a mortgage and the state of the economy, they’re still out of reach for mere mortals. But not this one!

You can find it here on eBay in Park City, UT with a Buy-It-Now of $2500 and bidding currently at less than that. This car actually only has 102K miles on it, and looks pretty decent. It has some of the wear issues you’d expect of an older car with that mileage, but seems like a bit of work would put it on par with some pretty tidy examples.

1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde front

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