1989 ALFA ROMEO 75 3.0 Veloce

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1989 ALFA ROMEO 75 3.0 Veloce

Background

The final ‘real’ Alfa Romeo sold prior to their acquisition by Fiat, the 75 Saloon offered near-perfect weight distribution thanks to its transaxle transmission with integrated differential, an unusual inboard rear brake setup, and a then-advanced onboard diagnostic and monitoring system, known as ‘Alfa Romeo Control’ which was mounted to the dashboard.

Offered with a range of engines from a 1.6-litre inline-four petrol engine up to a 3.0-litre V6, 12-valve petrol and even a 2.4-litre inline-four turbodiesel, the Alfa 75 was able to fulfil almost all duties from an everyday family sedan to an all-out motoring epiphany, depending on the engine, model and trim level selected.

Introduced in 1987, the the 3.0-litre V6 ‘America’ engine produced 185bhp, and cars equipped with this engine (such as this example we have here, being a post-87 V6) also featured the US-style impact bumpers, in-boot fuel tank and US-spec engine, though European models were devoid of the additional structural reinforcements and markers required for North American cars.

The Vehicle

First registered in 1989, this wonderfully box-shaped slice of Italian performance has lived a charmed, if somewhat unusual life, having been used regularly from new until around 2003, whereupon this ’75’ received some extensive maintenance and works, and was then left in the corner of a garage and remained largely unused for a number of years, save for a handful of further MoT exams, culminating in 2006.

The vehicle then entered a period of no use whatsoever, being re-MoT’d in 2014 in the care of another owner, who then spent a ‘small fortune’ on recommissioning the vehicle, including the following items:

- Koni suspension

- Powerboost fuel valve

- Pipercross air filters

- Full timing belt service

- Upgraded SAMCO hoses

- Various powder-coated items including the wheels and air box

- Interior refurbishment, with the upholstery covered in black/grey leather

- Fitment of a MOMO steering wheel

- Major servicing

Unfortunately, in the years since the for-sale advert was posted in 2015 detailing the above work, the car’s history is somewhat of a mystery to us, though we can see some major expenditure occurred in 2022, and over £3,000 spent on radiator and prop shaft overhauls, the invoice for which is available below.

Now, this boxy beauty is up for sale, and being a rarer V6-engined model, we’ve no doubt the Alfa enthusiasts will have their ears perking up at the mere sound of this example going up for sale…

On the Outside

Wonderfully square and 80’s in its design, the 75 still turns plenty of heads to this day, thanks to its aggressive styling, boxy beauty and impressive stature.

Whilst this example looks very good indeed from a distance, up close there are some signs of wear-and-tear, both commensurate for its age and mileage (such as minor marks to the front end, stone chips, wear to the door handles, etc) and less expected, such as some scuffs to the bumpers, deeper scratches to the paintwork, and heavier bodywork wear-and-tear, all of which has been documented in the extensive gallery below.

Similarly, we should point out there are some patches of corrosion noted around the rear arches, particularly in the area where the rear doors meets the arches, again this has been documented for your assessment below.

All four wheels are in good shape, though it would appear the nearside front tyre is either slowly leaking air, or simply needs re-inflating before being driven on the road.

From what we can tell, all of the trims and badges are present-and-correct, there are no signs of any accident damage beyond the odd bumper scuff, and there are no obviously mis-aligned panels to suggest any accident history. A clean HPI report further reinforces this notion, which is always good news.

On the Inside

Having been overhauled and re-trimmed during 2014/15, the cabin of this Alfa 75 presents in very good order throughout, with the re-trimmed seats still remaining in excellent condition, showing only the lightest signs of wear-and-tear.

Similarly, the high-traffic areas such as the shifter, door cards, handbrake, steering wheel and inner door covers are also in good shape, with light patina and wear noted in keeping with the car’s age and mileage.

Up above, the headlining is taut throughout with no signs of sagging, whilst the dashboard is free of any cracks or warping.

Ahead of the driver, the contrasting orange gauges, simplistic centre console and roof-mounted window switches are in great shape.

Sadly, due to the vehicle not starting, we’ve been unable to verify the operation of any of the gauges or electrical systems, other than the oil pressure gauge rising as the car is cranked, and the roof-mounted window switches working correctly when the ignition is switched on.*


*16/05/2022 - Following investigation, a mechanic found that there is an issue to the air flow meter. If it is disconnected from the air filter box the engine will fire up and run on a base setting, which we have done for the video, but it is over fueling so will not be running efficiently. Therefore we clearly recommend that the winning bidder trailer the car from our facility and not try to drive it away.

Underneath

Under the bonnet, the 3.0-litre V6 presents in good order, and has clearly been kept in great visual condition throughout its lifetime, requiring only a gentle valet and detail to bring it back to its best.

As we’ve mentioned, we’re unable to start the vehicle here at The Market for an unknown reason. It turns over quite happily, but it would appear there is no spark (we can smell fuel) and the battery is in good health.

We did note a slightly split/perished fuel hose going into the top of the engine at the front of the block, though this was only a light misting of fluid and shouldn’t be the cause of our non-start issue.

Of course, we always welcome viewings here at The Market if you wish to make your own investigations and assessments. Simply use the ‘contact seller’ button above to make an appointment.

Underneath the car, the chassis is in good shape, with the usual expected ‘bloom’ and crusty paint visible, but nothing that looks too concerning, and no issues on the most recent MoT exam, which is dated 5 January 2022 and shows a clean pass.

History Highlights

Included with the vehicle is a historical registered keepers document, print-out from one of the former owners detailing work done to the vehicle around 2014/15, historic and current MoT certificates, printed press literature and marketing materials, the service book, handbooks, a clean HPI check and invoices for recent works to the window regulator, fuel pump, radiator and prop shaft.

As ever, all of the paperwork we’ve been given has been photographed, and is available to view below.

What We Think

With its wonderfully retro styling, rare V6 ‘America’ engine and excellent interior, this Alfa 75 presents a strong proposition as a light project, which would be ready for some summer fun with (hopefully) minimal fettling, and offers plenty of potential for the next owner to improve upon the existing condition, should they wish to do so.

Offered for sale with an estimate of £7,000 to £11,000, be sure to set your reminders and alarms to place your bids for this classic Italian beauty.

Viewing is always encouraged. This particular car is located with us at The Market HQ near Abingdon; we are open weekdays between 9am-5pm, to arrange an appointment please use the Contact Seller button at the top of the listing. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

If needed, Footman James classic car insurance and Classic Concierge offer storage options plus we have a list of contacts who can help with transport and shipping.  

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Also, localised paint repairs are common with collectable and classic cars and if they have been professionally carried out then they may be impossible to detect, even if we see the car in person. So, unless we state otherwise, please assume that any vehicle could have had remedial bodywork at some point in its life.

Additionally, please note that most of the videos on our site have been recorded using simple cameras which often result in 'average' sound quality; in particular, engines and exhausts notes can sound a little different to how they are in reality.

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Seller

Andrew Howie Cars

  • Location: The Market HQ, Abingdon, United Kingdom
  • Seller Type: Trade
  • Odometer Reading: 120000
  • Gearbox: manual
  • Steering position: RHD
  • Estimated Price: £7,000 - £11,000

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