Also after Citroën, Fiat, Renault and also Peugeot left the USA (in 1975, 1983, 1988 and also 1991, specifically, though Malcolm Bricklin remained to market Fiat 124 Sporting Activity Crawlers and also X1/9s with Pininfarina and also Bertone badges for a couple of even more years), Alfa Romeo handled to hold on completely via1995 The last Alfa Romeo versions readily available right here (before the brand name’s go back to our coasts in 2009) were the traditional Crawler Veloce cars and also the mean-looking 164 car. The 164 offered well sufficient right here that I still see instances on the road currently and also after that, and also I locate disposed of ones in automobile graveyards. Today’s Junkyard Treasure is the high-grade 164 readily available in 1992, the magnificent S variation, located in a Denver self-service backyard last month.
In 1992, American Alfa customers might invest $25,865 on the base 164, $29,456 on the extra lavish 164 L, or $32,054 for the factory-hot-rod 164 S (that has to do with $50,885, $57,950, and also $63,060, specifically, in inflation-adjusted 2021 bucks).
Contrasting the varieties of the 164 S versus those of the BMW 535 i for 1992 make the Alfa appear like fairly a bargain. The big-engined 535 i flaunted 208 horse power and also had a $44,350 price tag, while the impressive M5 had 310 equines … however would certainly establish you back $58,600). That indicates the Alfa expense simply under 75% as long as its Bavarian competitor.
On The Other Hand, the Alfa 164 S had this 3.0-liter V6 production 200 horse power. That offered the 535 i and also 164 S near-identical power-to-weight proportions (172 lb/hp for the BMW, 17.4 for the Alfa).
Undoubtedly, the 164 S’s power mosted likely to the front wheels while the 535 i had rear-wheel-drive, however the Alfa’s 3.0 looked and also appeared better than the BMW’s 3.4 (and also it’s virtually difficult to make a V6 seem far better than a straight-six, as any person that has actually withstood the ailing-bovine groan of the majority of 1990 s Detroit V6s can attest).
You might obtain a four-speed ZF automated on the 164 and also 164 L in 1992, however the 164 S had simply one transmission readily available: a five-speed handbook.
This automobile isn’t corroded and also the indoor looked really wonderful for a close to-30- year-old automobile in Colorado, however there are couple of with the mechanical abilities and also large valor to tackle among these cars and trucks with virtually 200,000 miles on the clock. Its following quit will be The Crusher.
This Euro-market commercial is for the 164 with quad-cam “extremely” V6, readily available right here just for the 1993 via 1995 design years, however you understand.
In Europe, Alfa Romeo outsold both Honda and also Saab! What far better factor to purchase a 164?
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