2003 Alfa Romeo 147 GTA

Highlights


  • Renowned all aluminium Alfa V6 Busso engine
  • Desirable Verde Boreale (green) paintwork
  • Full service history

The Appeal


The Alfa Romeo 147 GTA is a truly powerful hot hatch from Alfa. When the GTA letters adorn one of their models you are usually in for an exhilarating experience. GTA stands for Gran Turismo Alleggerita, in other words a lightened GT. 

The 147 GTA offers some impressive performance figures such as 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds with a top speed of 153mph, numbers that even by today's standards are very impressive for a hot hatch. 

Braking and handling are also improved over the standard 147, with larger brake discs, 4 pot Brembo callipers all around and a suspension combination of high double wishbones at the front with a MacPherson strut arrangement at the rear. Alfa clearly understood the importance of the driving experience with the 147 GTA!

The History and Paperwork


  • MOT until 21/09/2023
  • First registered 31/10/2003
  • Service book stamped until 2015 with service invoices from thereafter
  • Number plate not included with sale of car
  • Current owner reluctantly selling due to ill health
  • Genuine 90,117 miles
  • Original UK sale with only 4 owners
  • Original interior
  • Recently replaced water pump and timing belt (2020)
  • Very good condition for the age and mileage
  • Recently serviced ECU with lifetime warranty (2022)

The Interior


  • Original tan and black leather interior in very good condition
  • All features such as aircon etc in working order
  • Desirable factory fitted sunroof 
  • Original stereo with Bose speakers

This 147 GTA was thoughtfully configured from new by the original owner, boasting tan and black full leather seats, sunroof and a Bose sound system. The interior overall is in good to very good condition. The leather seats have been looked after with the only noticeable signs of wear around the driver’s seat bolster, though these are only scuff marks and the leather is free of any rips or tears. 

We are told that all interior features work as should with the only area possibly requiring attention being the sun roof switch, it works as should but using an aftermarket switch, not the original switch or fixture. The headlining is in very good condition and the carpets are also Alfa Romeo branded and in good condition. The boot is in good condition too and included in the boot and sale is an all-weather car cover from Auto Covers.

The Exterior 


  • Desirable Verde Boreale (green) paintwork
  • All weather car cover included in sale
  • Matching refurbished original alloys
  • Minimal chips and blemishes

Clad in Verde Boreale, an elegant colour which really accentuates the beautiful styling, this example gives for a graceful presence. The current owner has taken very good care which can be seen in the recent service history. The original alloys have been refurbished in 2016 ensuring there are no scuffs present. The alloys are complemented by red brake callipers all around which are in very good condition. 

The paintwork has minimal chips and blemishes that you may expect with the age and mileage. The front headlamps do have some light fogging on the lenses, again in expectance with the age and mileage which would easily be polished out if so desired. The sunroof operates smoothly and in both pop up or fully retracted positions. All brightwork is in good condition with a special mention for the front grille and exhaust muffler tips.

The Mechanics


  • Original 3.2L V6 engine
  • 4 matching Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres with good tread
  • Cruise control
  • Desirable 6 speed manual model
  • Upgraded Q2 differential 

This 147 GTA possesses arguably one of Alfa Romeo's best engines. A truly beautiful all aluminium V6, not only to drive but also to hear and see. The current owner has ensured it has received regular and attentive servicing carried out with Alfa specialists. The current owner has also kept the intake runners polished which certainly catches the eye when opening the bonnet. 

The owner informs that the tyres have driven less than 1000 miles since fitting and thus have plenty of tread remaining. The engine bay is clean and tidy and we have been told the vehicle accelerates and brakes very well with the V6 giving a lovely deep soundtrack, absent of any bangs, knocking or smoke. Also included in the boot is a spare wheel and an Alfa Romeo branded tyre pump. 

The engine warning light is illuminated with an accompanying 'Motor control system failure' warning message, the current owner explains this is from a recent ECU issue. The ECU has since been repaired with a lifetime warranty included. However, the warning message is yet to be cleared with a diagnostics computer.

Summary


Ideally when looking for an Alfa Romeo 147 GTA you want to find one that has been cherished and well looked after, this is certainly the case with the example at hand. This vehicle possesses a full service history from new and it's condition is a testament to the care that it has received. 

The current owner is reluctantly selling and would love for the vehicle to be enjoyed and driven with joy. The owner tells us it is an honest and reliable vehicle with some desirable specification extras adding to the appeal. 

Given the age and mileage this 147 GTA is in very good condition overall. It is certainly worse considering for any Alfa enthusiasts or general petrol heads in the market for a truly powerful hot hatch! 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2004
  • Make Alfa Romeo
  • Model 147 GTA
  • Colour Verde Boreale
  • Odometer 90,117 Miles
  • Engine size 3179
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Ilford
  • Location Essex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
30 bids
  • Ry•••• £9,200 27/11/22
  • Ry•••• £9,100 27/11/22
  • Ry•••• £9,000 27/11/22
  • Ke•••• £8,900 27/11/22
  • Ry•••• £8,800 27/11/22
  • Ke•••• £8,700 27/11/22
  • Ry•••• £8,600 27/11/22
  • Ke•••• £8,500 27/11/22
  • Ry•••• £8,400 27/11/22
  • Ke•••• £8,300 27/11/22

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