On the other hand, there are plenty of positives to the good ol' 145, not least of which is the fact that it's most un-hot hatch looks render it a bit of a hidden gem, waiting for those in the know. In cloverleaf form it's also pleasantly rapid (in 1990s hot hatch terms at least), its 150hp engine giving a 0-60mph sprint of 8.0 seconds and a top speed of 129mph.
Your humble scribbler was lucky enough to grab a quick spin in one last autumn, when we gathered together a few unusual hot hatches for a feature. Here's what I thought of the little Alfa back then:
"So far, so Alfa. It doesn't feel creaky or rattly, though, as conventional wisdom might have it. Perhaps that's a function of a lightweight 38k mileage, or the fact that it has obviously been well looked-after. Whatever, this is a surprisingly solid little cube of fun."
This particular cube of fun appears a fairly safe bet in Alfa shed terms, too, being a known quantity to the garage selling it (presumably meaning plenty of history) and having a full year of MOT on it. For 750 quid's worth of Italian brio, what more could you ask for?
Advert is reproduced below
ALFA ROMEO 145 2.0 CLOVERLEAF 3DR (1996/P)
112,000 miles £750
Black. ..1 YEARS MOT.....PREVIOUSLY SUPPLIED & MAINTAINED BY OURSELVES..ELECTRIC WINDOWS..POWER STEERING..16" ALLOYS..THATCHAM APPROVED IMMOBILISER..ALL USUAL CLOVERLEAF REFINMENTS..CLEAN TIDY CAR..FUTURE CLASSIC..BARGAIN..150 BHP OF FUN... Insurance Group:14A,