2003 Alfa Romeo 156 1.9 JTD

  • First Registered - 31/07/2003

  • Mileage - 60,915

  • MoT Expiry - 05/09/2019

  • Used For 6 Years As A Lotus 'Development Car'

  • Engine Size - 1910cc

  • MPG - 48 Combined Average

  • £190 p/a Tax Band

  • Unusual Spec' With Hubcaps & Cloth Interior

Description

At first glance, this decidedly entry level 156 might not look that interesting. But, honestly, this is one of the most unusual and intriguing curios we've ever found in all our years of hunting out quirky Italian cars.

For a start, we've never before seen another 156 presented in this highly unusual spec'. The superbly engineered 1.9 8v JTD engine under the bonnet, steel wheels with a set of genuine Alfa hubcaps still in place, cloth interior and a steering wheel with not a stitch of leather on it make for a very rare combination. Being such a modest example, it's a miracle that this car has survived in such fantastic condition.

It has covered just 61k miles from new, and the gleaming Proteo Red paintwork is totally original. It's never had so much as a remedial blow-in and looks all the better for it (see video over on our website). Of course, there are a few minor dings but far fewer than you'd expect of a 15-year-old car. It also drives very well indeed, particuarly after we've treated it to a new crank sensor, new bottom wishbone, new upper wishbone and just renewed the MoT (now running through to September 2019). The timing belt was last renewed under 30k miles ago and it has clearly been very well maintained by its previous owners.

Which neatly brings us to another reason this car ranks as one of our favourites. When it was nearly new, with just a few thousand miles on the clock, it was bought by Lotus Cars and used as a 'Development Vehicle'. It still has the Lotus Cars LTD plates on, and we also have the paperwork to verify this unique provenance. In 2010, it was then sold to a Senior Engineer in the firm who kept it himself right up until 2017. It has gained a few gadgets and gizmoes secreted about the interior during it's time in Hethel - just don't ask us what they all do! We half expected to find a hidden switch to make a machine gun pop out of the front bumper, it's all very James Bond.

An incredibly unusual 156 model in exceptionally well preserved condition, and a unique slice of Lotus history to boot. Take this unassumingly modest 156 to, say, National Alfa Day and amid the GTA's of every hue and the line-up of supposedly ultra-rare SZ's and RZ's, we can guarantee you there won't be another car quite like this one anywhere to be seen.

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