Alfa Romeo 156 GTA Inverness

The 3.2-litre V6 feels as close to new as the miles suggest, so the GTA picks up speed with laughable ease. It sounds utterly fantastic, too. Putting 247bhp through the front wheels predictably stirs up some trouble, especially with there being no modern-day RevoKnuckle-type solution present.

Donald Mackenzie Inverness
(146) 323-5777
62 Seafield Road
Highland
Dealership Hours
MON:09.00-17.30
TUE:09.00-17.30
WED:09.00-17.30
THU:09.00-17.30
FRI:09.00-17.30
SAT:09.00-17.00
SUN:Closed
Service Department Hours
MON:08.00-17.00
TUE:08.00-17.00
WED:08.00-17.00
THU:08.00-17.00
FRI:08.00-17.00
SAT:09.00-12.00
SUN:Closed

Western Perth
(173) 844-4555
Edinburgh Road
Tayside
Dealership Hours
MON:09.00-18.00
TUE:09.00-18.00
WED:09.00-18.00
THU:09.00-18.00
FRI:09.00-18.00
SAT:09.00-17.00
SUN:12.00-17.00
Service Department Hours
MON:08.15-17.15
TUE:08.15-17.15
WED:08.15-17.15
THU:08.15-17.15
FRI:08.15-17.15
SAT:08.30-12.30
SUN:Closed

Western Edinburgh
(131) 623-8411
116 Colinton Road
Lothian
Dealership Hours
MON:09.00-18.00
TUE:09.00-18.00
WED:09.00-18.00
THU:09.00-18.00
FRI:09.00-18.00
SAT:09.00-17.00
SUN:Closed
Service Department Hours
MON:08.00-17.30
TUE:08.00-17.30
WED:08.00-17.30
THU:08.00-17.30
FRI:08.00-17.30
SAT:09.00-13.00
SUN:Closed

Arnold Clark Eastfield
(141) 557-7200
915 Springburn Road
Rutherglen
 
Alistair Macphearson
01463-714448
21 Seafield Road
Inverness
 
Donald Mackenzie Inverness
(146) 323-5777
62 Seafield Road
Highland
Dealership Hours
MON:09.00-17.30
TUE:09.00-17.30
WED:09.00-17.30
THU:09.00-17.30
FRI:09.00-17.30
SAT:09.00-17.00
SUN:Closed
Service Department Hours
MON:08.00-17.00
TUE:08.00-17.00
WED:08.00-17.00
THU:08.00-17.00
FRI:08.00-17.00
SAT:09.00-12.00
SUN:Closed

Western Glasgow
0141 429 7222
100 West Street
Dealership Hours
MON:09.00-17.30
TUE:09.00-20.00
WED:09.00-20.00
THU:09.00-20.00
FRI:09.00-17.30
SAT:09.00-16.00
SUN:Closed
Service Department Hours
MON:08.30-17.30
TUE:08.30-17.30
WED:08.30-17.30
THU:08.30-17.30
FRI:08.30-17.30
SAT:09.00-13.00
SUN:Closed

Arnold Clark Edinburgh
(131) 444-1673
16-18 Bankhead Drive
Edinburgh
 
Ian Cattanach
01463-717200
13 Carsegate Road
Inverness
 
Top Car
01463-713880
1 Harbour Road
Inverness
 

Alfa Romeo 156 GTA

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If a true test of petrolhead status is Alfa ownership, then surely there’s no better way of proving yourself than in a 156 GTA. It strongly represents the full set of brand values – its shape is gorgeous, its V6 sonorous, and its dynamics are fun but lack polish.

As you’d expect with a used Italian performance car, buying a GTA can be a bit of a gamble, but if you fancy good odds a car like this particular example is what you’re after. Registered in 2003, it’s covered just over 17,000 history-backed miles thanks to three years in storage after repossession in 2006. Fear not, though, as Auto Lusso will thoroughly service it (including new belts, gaskets, etc) as part of the deal.

Even before they’ve given it their attention it’s a sweet thing to drive. The 3.2-litre V6 feels as close to new as the miles suggest, so the GTA picks up speed with laughable ease. It sounds utterly fantastic, too. Putting 247bhp through the front wheels predictably stirs up some trouble, especially with there being no modern-day RevoKnuckle-type solution present. However, that comprehensive service includes the option of fitting Alfa’s Q2 limited-slip differential, and trying another car with it fitted shows measurably improved traction.

Visually, this GTA is in good shape, with slightly faded paint on some panels the only bugbear. Inside, things are in near showroom condition.

It’s a flawed genius, the 156 GTA, a car you’d very much buy with your heart. But this example’s nearly new condition, plus a price tag a third of what it would have cost the original owner, means your head can probably nod along in approval too.

With thanks to Vendor: Auto Lusso, Edlesborough, Beds (0870 6090147, www.autolusso.co.uk)

Author: Stephen Dobie

Alfa Romeo 156 GTA