A uncommon chook at the moment that ought to get the common PHer’s blood heating up much more than it most likely already has on this scorchio climate: an Alfa GT JTS Blackline.
What’s that now? Good query. It’s been 4 years virtually to the day for the reason that first Alfa GT appeared in Shed of the Week and there hasn’t been one since. Welcome then to solely the second instance of Bertone’s good-looking coop to search out itself slumming it in our £1,500 or much less basement.
The £1,500 2006 Stromboli Gray GT that Shed unearthed in August 2018 was additionally a 2.0 JTS petrol. Shed had been on the Scruttocks Outdated Dirigible ale that day so he forgot to place the mileage down for it, however by trying on the MOT historical past we are able to see that it had carried out just below 57,000 miles in 2018. By final October (2021) it had carried out 85,000 and secured a clear cross after some brake and suspension consumables had been changed.
The one cause for mentioning that earlier GT is that you simply wish to assume that its continued existence bodes effectively for the way forward for at the moment’s GT, a Blackline version from 2007. The GT ran from 2003 to 2010, so the Blackline was a basic mid-life refresh. What did you get with it? Cosmetics, with no adjustments to the bodywork or the engine, however it was a nicely-judged bundle consisting of pink stitching for the leather-based seats and steering wheel, darkish gray headlining, black and pink instrument dials, Bose sound, satin silver mirror caps, door handles and decrease bumper trim, a chrome exhaust, 18-inch ‘Lamborghini look’ alloy wheels, aluminium pedals, and an aluminium gearknob which can sting your hand in something aside from regular temperatures, excessive or low. The headlamp trims modified from silver to black too which, mixed with the Carbino black paint, gave the entrance finish extra of a gimlet-eyed look.
In 2007 the £19,980 value for a brand new JTS Blackline was truly decrease than that of the entry-level model, hinting at gross sales that had been lower than spectacular within the UK and presaging the GT’s demise three years later. In 2022, £1,495 looks as if even higher worth for a 102,000-mile instance. There should absolutely be a catch. From a visible POV a minimum of it’s not vastly apparent what that could be, however final December’s MOT does point out some non-excessive corrosion to the entrance subframe mounting and a few gentle brake binding, so cash will have to be spent. Inside, as was the case with that first GT Shed from 2018, there’s some put on to the driving force’s seat bolster and the steering wheel, however in any other case it appears suitably plumptious within the most interesting Alfa fashion.
We’re advised there’s a partial service historical past, which is not so good as a full one however it’s higher than none, particularly if the a part of historical past it’s overlaying is current fairly than historical. With this 165hp 2.0-litre motor it’s best to anticipate 0-62 instances within the mid-to-high eight second bracket and gas consumption figures within the mid to excessive 30s. As famous in Shed’s report on that first JTS, pre-’06 2.0 engines had dodgy injectors and sensors which might result in clogged-up valvegear, however by the point our Shed rolled off the road Alfa had a fairly good grip on these mechanical glitches and the two.0 motor blossomed right into a dependable type of lump, if not an particularly thrilling one. Common oil adjustments had been necessary. Some Alfisti who selected to cane their steeds really useful thicker 10W60 oil over the factory-specified 10W40 gloop as they reckoned it helped to fend off cam put on. Others weren’t so certain. GT door handles and ABS rings acquired a rep for failing.
Going again to the climate for a minute, Bert One constructed a GT Cabriolet idea in 2003 which to Shed’s rheumy outdated eyes appeared higher than the coupe whose rear roof part had a sure awkwardness to it. Bertone had already had his request to construct the GT coupes at his personal carrozeria knocked again by Fiat, so he was heartened by their initially very optimistic response to the ragtop. As soon as once more nonetheless they ended up negging it, happening the Brera-based, Giugiaro-designed Spider route as an alternative. A superb determination that, some say, allegedly helped to drive Bertone out of business.
As you’d anticipate from a fairly posh coupe, air con was customary on the GT so there’s no must swelter within the UK’s record-breaking warmth whereas driving one. Shed doesn’t have air conditioning in his workshop, simply a kind of massive industrial followers, however he fairly likes the recent climate because it provides him an excuse to take away his clothes whereas working. This dissuades informal guests from the village who may in any other case pop in to inquire concerning the automobiles they’d introduced in months earlier for mechanical consideration. One among them is a Ford Puma, which as you realize additionally got here with an aluminium gearknob. The joke that was in right here about by no means leaving these out within the sizzling solar has been deleted in your studying comfort.