Alfa Romeo 147 GTA: Spotted

Once upon a time Alfa, whose fortunes fluctuate like the tides and whose modern cars are either heart-stoppingly desirable or achingly frustrating, had a perfectly respectable and reasonably stylish family hatchback that achieved untold glory for the firm by being voted the European Car of the Year in 2001.

It was the 147, and it carried on some of the promise of the breadvan-like 145, the first small Alfa to display any flair since the dear old Alfasud. It was available as a three-door car or a five-door one or, if you preferred, you could simply have this extraordinary 250hp 3.2-litre V6-engined GTA version - think 0 to 60mph in just 6.3 seconds. Think it, though, but don't try it - the GTA was front-wheel drive only, so to do it successfully was nigh-on impossible, as was trying to keep it pointing in the right direction. In standard form, it simply had too much power for its chassis.

A pity, because inside the GTA was enticing. It was all stitched leather, drilled pedals and sports seats, and if it was a little unruly it at least had the passion and the brio of a true Alfa.

There was, however, a solution to some of its ills, and it came in the form of the tuning firm Autodelta, who could not only give your Alfa more oomph but also cure some of its traction issues. For example, you could specify from them a limited-slip differential for the GTA that, among other tweaks, could turn your torque-steering monster into a snake-hipped groover.

Alas this car doesn't mention chassis tweaks among its upgrades, despite the seller's comprehensive and honest appraisal of the thing. It's had an engine remap and a fancy carbon intake set-up from Autodelta that, if anything, should add a bit more hp, which is not really what's wanted. It has a sports exhaust and a high mileage and no brakes and third gear is on the way out, too, so it's definitely not a car for the faint-hearted, this one.

However, it is about half the price of a regular 147 GTA in good condition, so if you know someone who's got the dosh and the time and inclination for applying a bit of TLC you've still got time to snap it up as a last-minute stocking filler


Engine: 3,179cc, V6
Transmission: six-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 250@6,200rpm
Torque (lb ft): 221@4,800rpm
MPG: 23.3
CO2: N/A
First registered: 2005
Recorded mileage: 154,000miles
Price new: N/A
Yours for: £3,500

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Mark Pearson



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  • Uncle John 20 Dec 2017

    How did it get an MOT with no brakes???

    Sorry this is too far gone, gearbox will need a rebuild at £600 odd, cambelts will need doing on top of everything else.

    Colours not great and the car looks more than tatty.

    I'm oooottt.

  • cookie1600 20 Dec 2017

    Gotta love a 6-speed manula gearbox, far better than CVT......

  • James Junior 20 Dec 2017

    Don't believe those wheels belong on that car either. A brave purchase indeed, but for someone who can swing a spanner might be a good project.

  • robsco 20 Dec 2017

    Our dealership used to service this car - nice bloke who owned it, spent a pretty penny on it.

  • unpc 20 Dec 2017

    Needs teledials. Those wheels look awful.

    I ran one of these for about 4 years and was totally reliable in my ownership but was glad to get shot of it when I did as it was a ticking time bomb. Handling was dire but that Busso V6 was a glorious thing.

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