- Year (modern cars): 2001
- Mileage (miles): 88000
- Transmission: Manual
- Fuel Type: Petrol
- Registration: Uk
- Full Name: Dale Martin
- Phone: 44 1490 412522
- County / State: *other*
- Country: Wales
- Subscriber to Irish Vintage Scene or Retro Classics magazines?: No
- Listed: August 11, 2018 11:12 pm
- Expires: 25 days, 8 hours
Take advantage of weak UK Pound and import a stunning Italian beauty!
UNIQUE, ONE-OFF OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE A NEAR CONCOURS/MINT CONDITION 2001 pre-facelift/original shape Alfa Romeo 156 Twin Spark Veloce that has been RESTORED TO SHOWROOM STANDARD using many new Alfa OE parts.
This is the top ‘Veloce Sport Pack 2′ version of the Twin Spark with slightly lowered suspension, side skirts, Momo leather interior, 16″ teledial alloys and carbon fibre centre console. The body colour is flawless, professionally resprayed and polished black Nero Kyalami (original colour) with unmarked Momo red leather interior. Matching engine and chassis numbers. Current owner since 2011.
Engine is 1.8 litre petrol for the best combination of pace/fuel economy/lower tax and insurance costs. It has recently had a major service including new cambelt, variator, water pump, air con pipe, coolant tank, OE radiator etc etc and too many other new parts to list here.
This car has been the subject of a no-expense-spared, major nut-and-bolt restoration by Autolusso (largest independent Alfa Romeo specialists in the UK, their labour + parts invoice is over 8 pages) and other professionals costing over £22,000 in total to bring it to mint, near-concours/showroom condition.
There is unlikely to be another 156 in the UK and perhaps anywhere else in this condition, unless it has spent all its life in a cocoon or museum from new and seldom used.
This car is likely to appeal to an Alfa enthusiast who is unimpressed with the current/recent Mito, Giulietta and 147 models, who prefers the pre-facelift, original shape 156 to the 2003 ‘Hannibal Lecter’ facelift version and who is looking for a MINT EXAMPLE of what is probably the best body colour and trim combination of the original 156 Twin Spark AND who is willing and able to pay a realistic figure to own it.
It has not been possible to buy a new 156 since 2005. With the amount of money spent restoring this car and the large number of new Alfa/OEM parts (I have all the receipts) to make it the best pre-facelift 156 Twin Spark in the UK, this is the next best thing to owning a new 156 TS Veloce and a unique opportunity unlikely to be repeated.
In addition to many new OEM interior/trim parts that are NLA/no longer available from Alfa due to the car’s age (including NEW driver’s seat Momo/OEM leather and seat cushions), this car has a completely new front + rear suspension (including new suspension arms, springs, Bilstein B4 shocks, stripped/rebuilt and powder-coated calipers, aqua-blasted aluminium suspension parts, drilled and grooved new discs, stainless steel braided brake hoses, powder-coated subframes etc), new clutch, gearbox stripped and rebuilt, new Pirelli P7s, new lights, new OE windscreen (not a cheapr Autoglass replacement) and too many other new parts to list here.
I even had the old wheel arch liners removed to clean and treat/seal the wheel arches to prevent future corrosion, all four new OE wheel arch liners fitted, the steering wheel professionally retrimmed with perforated + smooth new leather, the exhaust manifold ceramic coated in Cermachrome, the underside of the car treated for any surface rust (mild only) and sealed, a new stainless steel CSC exhaust (made in Italy) etc etc.
The bodyshop that resprayed the car (to remove stone chips and age-related minor imperfections only, NO accident damage or body corrosion) routinely works on Ferraris, Maseratis, Astons and classic F1 cars so the paintwork is of that standard and a mirror finish. After painting the car was professionally detailed/polished including the engine bay.
Reason for sale: I bought this car in 2011 as a present for my daughter (who wanted this model and colour) with the promise that – because it isn’t possible to buy a new 156 – I’d make it the best pre-facelift 156 TS in the UK.
The car has been gradually restored in stages from 2011 to present, professionally dry stored in between restoration work (I have the storage receipts) and NEVER used as a daily driver or on wet roads because this car was never intended to be for me (I have two other cars for my own use).
Due to a change of plans, my daughter has been offered a job abroad and won’t now be coming to the UK, so the car is reluctantly offered for sale. I have receipts for every penny spent on it, which is now a large file.
PLEASE NOTE: The car has been dry stored with a professional car detailer (who works on supercars and detailed this car) after restoration to preserve its newly restored/showroom condition, so this is NOT a car that was restored and then used after restoration. Its condition is still mint/showroom/as newly restored inside and out and underneath.
Regarding price, because there are no Glass’s Guide, Parkers etc book values for restored 156s I am inviting REALISTIC OFFERS for this unique car. Since buying this car 7 years ago I have never seen another restored 156 TS advertised for sale. Not one. Therefore, the value o