Here we have a very special Alfa Romeo 75 3.0. This really is not your ‘average’ example of this now very rare and increasingly sought after Alfa. This has been my own car for the past 18 years and I have no doubt I shall live to regret selling her. However, with increasing pressure on time, a young family and a number of other Italian classics to drive and maintain she has barely been used for the last few years and would be better off with someone who will get her out on the road regularly again.
Having been garage kept her entire life and, during my ownership at least, never driven on salted roads, she has a body shell unlike most other UK Alfas of this period. Still sporting her original, non-rusty scuttle/heater intake and benefitting from being a rare non-sunroof example the body has remained in largely original structural condition with only a few areas requiring welding over the years.
A local (South of England) car all her life, she was purchased new in October 1988 from Wades of Lancing as a company car. She went into the private ownership of her 1st long term keeper 11 months later. He kept the car until she was purchased by the car enthusiast owner of a bodyshop in Fareham in September 2000.
During this ownership of 4 years her development into the car you see here began in earnest. A deal was done with Chris Snowdon Racing to carry out a full rebuild of the 55k mile engine which included the following:
- New pistons & liners.
- Gas flowed cylinder heads, with intake runners ported to match.
- New valves.
- New SZ camshafts and cam followers.
- Balanced bottom end.
- New bearings, seals and gaskets throughout.
Following the engine rebuild the owner took advantage of owning his own body shop and carried out a complete high quality repaint. While this was underway the Recaro seats from a 75 LE were sourced and the complete interior was sent off to have the notorious ‘self-destruct’ grey centres replaced with a much harder wearing black patterned cloth with the Alfa Romeo motif stitched in red into the centres of all the seats and door panels done to match.
Once the repaint was completed she had all the suspension removed and sent off for blasting and powder coating before being rebuilt with new bushes and ball joints throughout. At the same time a lower ratio 75 Twin Spark gearbox and LSD were sourced and sent to my sister company, Alex Jupe Motorsport back in the 1st year they started, for a complete rebuild prior to fitting.
Over the course of the next few years her mileage was taken up to 61,000 before the owner sadly passed away and the mechanic at his bodyshop, having done much work on the car and knowing how good it was, jumped at the chance to buy her. However, in his 1 year of ownership he covered less than 200 miles, and when I enquired as to the cars whereabouts I was lucky enough to be able to buy her.
I used her extensively for the first couple of years of my ownership (though never in winter!) then in 2006 at 78k miles carried out another major service, but also a few modifications as follows:
- RS Racing 305mm front brake conversion.
- RS Racing coil over handling kit and 30mm front anti-roll bar.
- Assorted new suspension bushes and ball joints.
- CSC tubular manifold.
- Straight through CSC centre box.
- Ansa Sport rear silencer.
- Compomotive MO 8×15 rear wheels.
- Cut out light rust to rear wheel arches and weld in new rear arch repair panels.
- Cavity wax all internal sections and chassis rails.
- Dinitrol underside with 4941/CAR underbody wax.
I also took this opportunity to source and fit a pair of Veloce bumpers, painted to match and finish her off to my ideal spec 75. After this work I used and enjoyed her regularly, including numerous trips in Europe, enjoying every minute. However, by 2011 at 103,000 miles the gearbox was whining, the synchromesh were becoming lazy and I felt the rear suspension was a little tired. The following work was then completed, since when only 11k miles have been driven:
- Removal of gearbox & A-frame.
- Strip down gearbox, clean & repaint casing.
- Rebuild gearbox with new inner & outer synchromesh on 1st to 4th gears and rotated on 5th, new bearings as required.
- New gearbox mounts.
- New polyurethane Watts linkage bush kit.
- New rear anti-roll bar bushes.
- New N/S rear brake calliper.
- New rear brake discs & pads.
- Cam belt service.
- Oil & filter.
Further extensive work was carried out in 2015 at 107,662 miles with the following done, with just 7k miles completed since:
- Fit new complete 75 3.0 clutch unit.
- Replacement of Alfa SZ A-frame ball joint.
- Fit powder coated chassis brace bars.
- Replace worn 105 series caster ball joints with new.
- New N/S lower ball joint.
- New front brake pads.
After another few years fun she was showing the signs of her years with stone chips on the bumpers and bonnet and the usual 75 issue of a sagging headlining. I decided at this point that it was time she had a full make over to repay the years of reliable fun she’d given me. In early 2019 I commenced a complete strip down and the following was carried out. This work included the following and totaled nearly £22,000!
- Strip car to remove all bumpers, trim, lights, front & rear screens etc.
- Carry out repairs to crazing in GRP bumpers.
- Sand, prepare and prime car and associated body kit parts.
- Carry out a complete repaint in the original shade of AR130 base coat & 2k lacquer.
- Dinitrol all 4 wheel arches with 4941/CAR underbody wax.
- Inject all box sections, inner wheel arches etc with Dinitrol 1000 & ML cavity wax.
- Strip front suspension and repair rust/stress cracks to inner chassis rail (this is a common 75/GTV6 affliction caused by the flexing of the body where the lower front suspension arms mount.
- Clean and refinish suspension components before refitting.
- Fit up with new indicators, new door handle gaskets etc.
- Ceramic coating of bodywork.
- PPF vinyl protection to bonnet, bumpers, side skirts and vulnerable areas of body.
- Oil & filter change.
- New headlining by specialist trimmer.
- Wheels refurbished in graphite grey.
Having completed this work in early 2020 I have since seldom used her, covering just 1000 miles since. Therefore she presents in ‘restoration fresh’ condition and is probably one of the best remaining examples of the 75 in the UK.
She will be supplied with a huge A4 history file containing detailed photos through the years and documenting work done. She has MOT’s dating back to her very first. Various old V5 registration documents showing the ownership history and a huge quantity of invoices (including those for the above) dating back to 1989! There is also a hand written document by the 1st long term owner documenting all work and dates he had carried out.
During my ownership she has been featured in various well known motoring magazines, being the cover feature car in Auto Italia magazine twice and also in an article in Practical Performance Car back in 2007. Copies of each magazine are included in the history folder, along with a couple of original UK sales brochures for the 75. Of course a matching Compomotive spare wheel and the original jack and tool kit are all present and correct.
She will be supplied freshly serviced and with a new MOT (the current one is valid until July 2023).
If you would like to discuss further or arrange a viewing please contact Alex on 01243 575760