When car enthusiasts pass on to the big highway in the sky, what happens to their cars? In some cases, families retain them if the gearhead gene is strong; in other instances, due to lack of interest or needing the money, the cars are sold. This gorgeous 1986 Alfa Romeo GTV6 is listed here on craigslist in Brewster, New York, and is being sold to settle an estate. There’s no price listed and the seller merely says to check the NADA value before calling.
So that last part: if the seller is reading this, that’s an attitude likely to turn people off to even calling in the first place. Man up, list a price, at which time you’ll realize you either gave someone a great deal or the estate isn’t going to be settled as quickly as you’d like (NADA is a horrible reference point for vintage car values, anyway). That said, this Alfa does appear to have a nicely preserved interior but it is by no means museum-quality; and let’s face it, to enjoy these cars, it is essential to see a fat stack of service orders and specialty shop invoices on the passenger seat.
Two major weak spots in these Alfas that warrant both explanation by the seller and inspection by a reputable shop are a list of timing belt changes and confirmation of rust-free condition. The GTV6 sports an interference motor, so a history of timing belt changes is a must (and you’ll want that information up front before firing up the motor); and getting this car on a lift to assess the condition of the body is essential. As this is an East Coast car, peering behind the body cladding is a must-do. The seller’s attitude notwithstanding, does this estate-sale Alfa look like a good project?