- Photo Credit: Charles Hawes

This 1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6 Was Restored By A Married Couple, And It Looks Amazing

Where would you go if you wanted to restore an old car? A mechanic? A restoration specialist? Well Joe and Julia Brosseau - from Seattle, Washington, USA - decided to restore this beautiful Alfa Romeo themselves... in an apartment block parking stall. You heard that right.

JOE BROSSEAU'S LOVE FOR THE GTV6

Joe Brosseau has a history of prior purchasing and restoring classic cars. He describes in detail how much he adored Alfa Romeo cars for years, stating that his father's cousin Bill drives a 1964 Alfa 2600, and then drove a 1985 version of the GTV6 - and that's how he fell in love with the picturesque coupe.

"As a child we visited the Seattle area when my family still lived in San Francisco and I helped him work on his GTV6 one afternoon." Joe states, "I believe we did a bearing swap to the rear end and I learned how to pack bearings. After which Bill took me for a drive and I knew someday I would get one of my very own."

Joe goes on to say, "Some years later when I was in my early 20’s I heard Bill was selling his GTV6 and I asked if I could buy it. I did not have the money nor the know how to keep up a car like this, but I wanted a GTV6 and it was a opening. Well he talked me out of it, and I put it at the back of my mind for some years. Once I was married and my wife and I began to settle into our new life together I decided I wanted a project and my wife agreed that she would let me get the car and wanted to participate in its restoration. Which she did, to her own dismay."

This was to be my first attempt at restoring a car both mechanically and cosmetically. The body was in poor condition, but I knew I wanted to take my first stab at bringing a car in terrible shape back to something that people would stop and admire.

JOE BROSSEAU ON HIS BELOVED GTV6

COUPLES THERAPY DONE RIGHT

Joe and Julia then undertook the almost Herculean task of restoring the GTV6 to its former glory. Julia stripped the interior, refreshed it and put it all back together again. She also spent a number of weeks and months helping Joe sand the car down, repairing the metal and rust, filling the body, and finally learning to prime, base and clear coat the car. Whilst the engine inside the GTV6 was strong enough, it needed new timing components and a complete ignition overhaul. Joe rebuilt the fuel injection system, and a new exhaust and a suspension update followed shortly afterwards.

Joe and Julia take pride in the fact that their GTV6 never saw the inside of professional shop, and that everything done to the car since they bought it has been done by themselves.

Joe describes the restored GTV6 as a "a labor of love and passion from the start and we intend to keep the car and make the needed improvements throughout its life and ours. The car will remain with us and hopefully be enjoyed by our children and our grandchildren."

He later goes on to state that "it is fairly clear what is special about the car in that it is a car restored by a young couple with no experience in building or painting cars. We did all the work in the garage at our apartment, going so far as to convert it into a makeshift spray booth and annoy the neighbours for a couple days while we ran a compressor endlessly for 2 days while we sprayed down the primer, base and clear. All this from a small apartment building in a wealthy area of Seattle. The most unlikely place for anyone to be rebuilding a 33 year old Alfa. I am oddly proud of this feat, though I acknowledge that it is a bit strange. Ultimately, we are a normal middle class family who enjoy converting things we acquire cheaply and lacking love into things that people admire and enjoy. Purely for the fun of it."

I hope my eventual married life will be like this one day...

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