Junkyard Find: 1991 Alfa Romeo 164 S

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1991 alfa romeo 164 s

I see plenty of Fiat 124 Spiders and Fiat X1/9s in junkyards (and even a couple of Maseratis), but Alfa Romeos are worth a bit more and thus are harder to find. We’ve seen this ’79 Alfa Romeo Sport Sedan and this ’74 Spider in this series, and that’s about it prior to today’s find.

The 164 was the last car that Alfa Romeo sold in the US before its retreat in 1995, and the big front-wheel-drive Alfa sedan had a tough time competing with increasingly ruthless German and Italian manufacturers at that time.

Not only is the interior in this one pretty nice, the car is the rare 5-speed model.

172,886 miles— not bad!

I couldn’t get the hood open to shoot the engine, but I assume the original 3.0 liter V6 was still there.

Ooh, 1990s Italian electronics!

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  • Mrb00st Mrb00st on Nov 03, 2013

    It's a great car, it really is. If only it had a more useful 5-door hatchback shape instead of a trunk. Maybe some nifty 3-spoke dish alloys with sticky rubber. Drop that heavy V6 for a nice little twin-cam 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder with great passing power and impressive longevity. Get some heated leather Recaros, and a dashboard that's intellible *and* tilted at the driver. Oh, then it'd be a 9000 Aero. I love the 164. But I still believe the 9k Aero was the best car ever built. No helping the hopeless, right?

    • Marcelo de Vasconcellos Marcelo de Vasconcellos on Nov 03, 2013

      No, there's no helping you! :)! Specially as these were one of the last Alfas that used Alfa's traditional wheel designs. No spokes! Everybody has copied the Germans on that. How I long for the day when cars really had wheel designs that would show from whence they came. It's been at least 20 yrs the reign of the spoke has lasted. Time for a change?

  • Emanistan Emanistan on Jul 30, 2016

    Some friends of my father's proudly drove one of these home from the showroom back in the early nineties. Within the second week it was in the shop, where it would spend much of it's time during the period when they were still determined to drive the thing. Within the second month the first rains of the year made their way through the flimsy weatherstripping and filled the car with mildew that would have put my mom's old '67 VW fastback to shame. From then on it became an MGB type garage ornament until they found someone to tow the thing away after owning it less than a year.

  • SCE to AUX I like the concept, but $6k just gets you started. I'd have to outsource the bodywork, which is a real problem on a project like this.Still, the result would be a fun vehicle that reflects what many people want today - a small unbloated utility truck.
  • TheDoctorIsOut Try and keep it as light and focused as it always has been and as analog as possible. For those who can appreciate it (and fit into it) there’s still something special about a car that can be driven at 90% of its potential for most of the daily drive.
  • SCE to AUX Let it die with dignity - no electrification. That would kill the spirit of the original.Mazda needs to think about survival and market share, not tinker with a niche car with waning sales, or dying on Wankel Hill.Maybe their body and paint engineers could help Tesla once Mazda folds.
  • Lou_BC H-E-L-L-C-A-T
  • EBFlex "EBFlex speaks more truth."It's sometimes a burden being right all the time.