Thursday, April 15, 2010

1988 24 Valve Alfa Romeo Verde

Yeah, I know what you're thinking. You've read it all before. I loved my Alfa Romeo Milano. The engine is brilliant. Of all the cars I've owned, it's the one I miss the most. I wish I still owned it... and so on and so on and so on.

It may be hard to believe, but I don't really feel the need to write about every Milano that comes up for sale. (I feel a real need to drive every Milano that comes up for sale, but what little bit of common sense I have left prevents me from doing that.)

I do feel a need to write about this one.

This car started life a Milano Verde. That alone is pretty impressive. It was the top of the line Milano, with a 3.0 version of the Alfa 6.

The 3.0, as it came in the Milano, was a SOHC engine that developed 185 HP. It was brilliant (Sorry, I said it again).

This car still has a 3.0 in it, but it's taken from a 164. The 164 version of the 3.0 was a DOHC, 4 valve per cylinder engine and it was even more brilliant (Sorry, again), developing around 225 HP.

The 164 is a great car, but it's FWD. The Milano is rear wheel drive with a transaxle and perfect 50/50 balance. That much HP in that car must be incredible.

Located in Victoria, BC, Canada, click here to see the eBay listing.

I'd like to promise you that this will be the last Milano post for awhile, but that would probably be a lie.


Max Power said...

You can post about any Milano...god knows I love them. I'll never forget the test drive I took with my dad when they first came out. It was only a Silver (base model)with plastic wheel covers no less, but wow what a drive! A few years later (1990 I believe) when I had my first full time job and I was looking to possibly trade in my 87 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo (I miss that car), I was looking at new Milano left overs at various Alfa dealers...and I could have had one at an EXTREME discount since the 164 had already replaced the Milano.

But I did not pull the trigger with my dad talking me out of it due to Alfa's less than stellar reliability. Ironic since this is the man who owned an Isetta, a 1962 Alfa Sprint Veloce (he took me home from the hospital in it when I was born), a 1970 Fiat 124 Coupe, a 1974 Fiat 128, and a 1978 1/2 Fiat Super Brava.

I still regret not getting it as I have always dreamed of being an Alfa owner and the 164 at the time and till Alfa's withdrawal from the US market was beyond my means. Now, I can afford one...and I await patiently...sigh. Luckily my new Audi A5 will keep me busy for the next three years :)

alfaguy said...

The Milano with the 24v DOHC engine must be a sweet ride.

It's a great engine, except for two things:

1) it only came in the 164

2) It has a propensity for the cams to jump time due to a poor timing belt layout. This is a major PITA due to accesibilty. See 1 above.

That said, although not one of the most difficult engine swaps, it is not exactly a direct bolt in either, as there are a lot of subtle differences between the twin cam engine which was mounted transversely in the 164, and the longitudinal installation in the Milano/GTV-6.

One major difference that I am aware of, is that you have to use the Milano oil pan on the twin cam engine, but, the bolt spacing was changed for some reason on the twin cam engine. So, that alone, although not insurmountable, is a bit of work.

Still, that car has gotta be a blast to drive and I commend whoever did the swap.