Why you need the terrible Alfa Romeo 147 GTA

Oh dear, what have you got for me today...

May I introduce you to the refreshingly-Italian, Alfa Romeo 147 GTA all the way from 2002.

It’s hideous.

Alright, I admit, the GTA isn’t going to be remembered for its, *ahem*, polarising appearance. The aim here is to try and look past the podgy bodywork to find the gem that lies inside

I can’t. I’ve already gouged my eyes out.

Well, aren’t you just a little ray of sunshine.

How’s the driving experience?

...any half-hearted stint of acceleration was often followed by a lot of swearing and a crash.

Exciting.

In a word: Woeful.

As far as journalists of the day could work out, the steering wheel wasn’t attached to the front wheels at all. Rather, it appeared to operate solely as a beacon of hope, giving drivers the illusion that they were in control.

The truth was, any half-hearted stint of acceleration was often followed by a lot of swearing and a crash.

So it’s terrible?

Correct.

Then why the hell should I buy one?

Simple. For the engine.

It’s a 3.2 litre, naturally aspirated V6 that wouldn’t look out of place in the Louvre. It is a magnificent thing to behold.

So magnificent, that I think it’s worth paying the AUD$9,000 most private sellers are asking just to get the engine.

You have lost it...

Wait! Hear me out.

Yes, you’re paying $9,000 for a used engine, but think of it this way: you get a free car in the process (albeit a crap one)...

Worth it, I say.

What do you think? Get shouting in the comments!

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