1985 Alfa GTV6
Hello all. Johannes hijacked me from over on iModeler with this site about one of my other interests! I thought I’d share my favorite car in my collection as a first post.
My involvement in Alfas is a complete accident (literally) and ownership of this particular car is also due to accident and coincidence. I had been visiting Reina International in Milwaukee and drooling over cars for years and one of the guys there supported my habit and always would talk to me about what was in the showroom. This just made me want a vintage car even more. One day in ’98 I went in and they had a beautiful orange 1973 Porsche 914 2.0 on the lot. By this time I was earning enough I could afford to buy it so we went out on a test drive and I took it home the week after.
Here’s where the accident comes in. Fast forward six months. I’m out on a spirited drive going a little faster than I should have been in the mist when the tail stepped out. I stared directly at a telephone pole and sure enough that’s exactly where the car headed and hit it sideways. It hit on the tiny section of the fender between the wheel opening and the door. The wing was the only body panel actually dented, but the cowl was directly behind it and as such it bent the frame longitudinally and twisted it vertically. I went back to Filippo with the sad tale and some insurance money. After a few weeks of looking he said he couldn’t find another ’73 914 2.0 that wasn’t either tatty or out of my price range. He walked me over to a black GTV6 and assured me it would be fun. We went for a drive, then he took me for a ride way faster than I was going. (He races a GTV6 in SCCA at Road America so it was indeed a ride!) Now this car was not a beauty queen and had some rust which really got bad as I drove it through a Wisconsin winter the first year I had it.
Here’s the second accident that led me to this car! One day while filling the tank in my black GTV6 I forgot to replace the cap and ran it over. The next chance I got I went to Reina to see if they had one. When I got to Milwaukee the interstate was jammed so I got off onto the surface roads. After a couple of blocks I spot a blue GTV6 at a printing shop and not being a common site I stopped to chat with the owner Randy who ended up being the treasurer of the Wisconsin Alfa club. I asked if he knew where I could get a GTV6 as nice as his and he gave his number. The car was in Cedarberg Wi owned by a nice old man who unfortunately had contracted MS and Randy asked me to meet him there. I was interviewed by the owner presumably to make sure I wasn’t going to do to the car what typical kids my age did to cars at the time and to see if I was going to properly care for it. Eventually I was taken to the garage, the cover was pulled off the car and I was sold instantly! This car was the same car I had drooled over when mine was in for a propshaft rebuild in Campbellsport! Now it sits in MY garage. I sometimes still can’t believe it!
Now the previous owner has passed on, my mechanic in Campbellsport has moved to Pheonix so now I’m my mechanic. After almost 13 years in my possession I did my first propshaft rebuild two years ago and will be replacing the clutch disk and timing belt next spring. I’ve had the belt changed once, but since it is very inconvenient to drive over 100 miles to have it done I got over the fear and tackled the same job on my 164. The GTV6’s belt will be much easier!
I’ll post some better pictures in the spring when it’s properly cleaned. These were taken at the end of the driving season.
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