Supermodel – Super Cheap

Yes it’s an Alfa Romeo which means it carries around a reputation of being temperamental and high maintenance. And that Selespeed electric manual transmission has decimated a few wallets over the years. But all that seems rather trivial when you consider the beautiful lines of a body other car makers can only dream of designing.

This 2005 Alfa Romeo GT may be beautiful but this one is also priced very much in bargain territory which makes it even harder to ignore than it already is. Of course you have to consider the mechanical condition and the future reliability (the former unknown at the time of writing and the latter well documented) but I put it to you that even if this car spent most of its life in limp mode, travelling at a maximum speed of 20kph, then it would still be worth it just for the looks alone. This car looks just as good going slowly as it does going fast, or not at all.

This may be a heart over brain purchase but brain purchases are usually boring purchases. Sure, for the price of this work of automotive art you could get yourself a nice, frumpy Toyota Corolla with 200,000kms on the clock. You can feel secure in the knowledge that it will get you from A to B without too much fuss for a couple of years and then you can upgrade to another aging Corolla. And the cycle of mediocrity is set. Or you could accept that beauty can come at a price and maybe, just maybe, it’s a price worth paying. And imagine how good you’ll feel when you end up getting three years of reliable service that you weren’t expecting. Sometimes the heart knows best.

This gorgeous Alfa has only travelled 115,000kms and you’re probably thinking it’s way out of your league. But what if I tell you the price guide is a mere $4500-$5500. That’s like realising that Brad Pitt or Gwyneth Paltrow might actually consider dating you.

The auction is at Turners Penrose this Wednesday (14/05).

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