“Why We Love Them” is a continuous element through which we consider a portion of BaT’s most loved autos from the past. Period, classification and nation of beginning aren’t as imperative as character, that difficult to-characterize something extraordinary which all the best autos appear to have, and perusers should hope to see a touch of everything including sports autos, exotics, vehicles, cars, roadsters, wagons, 4×4’s and that’s just the beginning. – BaT
Any individual who’s at any point driven behind a Busso V6 will see instantly what all the promotion is about. Smooth, revvy and eager are for the most part great approaches to portray the long-running 60° plan, however what everybody recollects best is the sound– intricate and melodic with a basic, throaty snarl, there’s presumably no better aural value for-the-money in all of car history. Alfa put at any rate about six Busso variations into similarly the same number of particular stages over its 26-year run, however here in the US it was limited to the 164, Milano and GTV6. The 164 wore striking, sharp-suited Pininfarina bodywork and was pleasant to drive in spite of being (generally) FWD, however the back driven Milano and GTV6 were the place it was truly at when it came to driving flow. Obviously the rebadged 75 wasn’t the prettiest car, and thus alone we very much want the mechanically comparable however substantially more appealing GTV6.
The GTV6’s particular profile initially appeared as 1974’s Alfetta GT, another Giugiaro-penned, two-entryway hatchback rendition of the current Alfetta car. Improvement proceeded and the model in the end wound up known as the GTV, however preceding 1980 motors were all twin cam fours of different removals. That year saw the presentation of a V6, filling the beautiful car’s motor cove with a recently fuel-infused variant of the SOHC per-bank 2.5 liter Busso beforehand observed in carb-sustained frame driving the Alfa 6 official car.
The resultant car wore suitably pumped-up styling to match the new cylinder injection and was a big hit with the international press. Handling was praised as agile and adjustable, with the chassis’ double wishbone front and transaxle De Dion rear setups offering lots of cornering options from neutral and safe to loose and sideways and everywhere in between–even four-wheel drifts were easy. Combine these traits with accurate, tactile steering and the epic motor and it didn’t even matter that the 5-speed gearbox had long, vague shifts and that build quality was middling at best.
The GTV6 exceeded expectations in motorsports also, securing four sequential European Touring Car Championship titles in the vicinity of 1982 and 1985, also various Group A rally wins. The above video gives a decent thought of the sorts and nature of sounds the 2.5 Busso is able to do, however the additional crackle on overwhelm insights that the subject auto might run an ANSA or comparative fumes setup– even bone-stock however, it’s as yet an unfathomably melodic motor at an auto at this cost point.
Around 4,700 US-spec autos were sold in the vicinity of 1981 and 1986, and far less remain today. Fortunately most that do have been in the hands of devoted lovers for some time presently, which means decent ones aren’t excessively troublesome, making it impossible to discover. Parts accessibility stays tolerable also, particularly through marque masters. Alfas of different kinds by and large advantage from an extremely dynamic and profoundly educated gathering network, and the GTV6 is no special case.
Adjustments including swapping of later, bigger dislodging Bussos with more cams, valves and power are normal, however our optimal case holds a stock 160 HP 2.5 with an ANSA fumes and European ride height– sweet, straightforward and legacy commendable.