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.
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?
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?
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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