Contrary to popular belief, the Alfa 6 was not a fancy Alfetta. They shared some parts, but the 6 was a larger, different model. One of the biggest differences was the 6 having a conventional rear differential, while the Alfetta had a transaxle. Alfa's truly wonderful 2.5 liter V6 made its debut in the 6. (Originally with 6 carburetors. I can only imagine what great sounds it made. I can also only imagine how tough it was to keep it running properly. Later cars were Bosch injected.)
The basic design of the Alfa 6 was completed in 1973. Alfa didn't launch the car until 1979. They never sent it to the US. The 4 cylinder Alfetta sedan wasn't setting any sales records here, and Alfa felt there wouldn't be enough sales here to justify the costs and efforts involved in certifying the Alfa 6 for the US market.
A few Alfa 6s have made their way here, now that they are over 25 years old. This one is different, however. This has the optional 2.5 litre 5 cylinder turbodiesel, built by VM. VM Motori S.p.A. is a well respected Italian manufacturer of diesel engines. Besides the Alfa, VM built diesels have found their way into vehicles built by Chrysler, GM, Toyota, Rover / Range Rover, Hyundai, Daewoo and many, many others.
This is the first time I have seen a diesel Alfa 6. The seller believes it is the only one in the US, and I have no reason to doubt that.
The diesel engine makes 107 HP. The gasoline powered V6 makes 156. The diesel sounds like a diesel. The V6 sounds like a symphony. Despite that - and, really, because of the better mileage and lower cost of diesel vs. gasoline in Europe - Alfa sold around 2700 diesel equipped Alfa 6s.
The seller found this one for sale in Italy in 2005. He had it shipped to a friend's shop in Germany, where it had some minor work done to it. It stayed in Germany for a few years and then made its way to the US.
Overall, this car is in good shape. It has some minor rust (it's an Alfa!) that should be addressed soon. It is said to run well.
As long time readers of JaCG know, I am an Alfaholic and have owned several. I would love to own an Alfa 6. I won't be bidding on this one, however. I'm not a huge diesel fan and absolutely love Alfa's V6. But, this is a really cool, rare car. If you're a diesel fan, or already have enough V6 equipped Alfas in your garage (Although, I'm not sure you can really ever have enough ;-) ), this would be a really cool car to own.
Located in Riverside, CA, click here to see the eBay listing.
A big thanks to Michael for sending me this link.