Used Car of the Day: 1991 Alfa Romeo 164S Show Car

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Here's your chance to own a car that has a small part in car-show history. This 1991 Alfa Romeo 164S was once stolen from a Concurs.

Apparently, it was found/returned with no damage.

The owner says the car is in great shape and has lived its life in California and Colorado, and he or she wants $12,500. The mileage is a bit unclear but it's around 124,500.

The seller says that about $2K in maintenance has been done recently and the tires have less than 400 miles on them, but the A/C needs a recharge. He or she says the car was involved in one crash at some point, and there is a damaged sunroof header panel. The seller also points out that the car seems to have been resprayed at some point and the airbag light is on.

So, it seems like the mechanicals are in good shape and the car runs well with some minor cosmetic issues.

If that strikes your fancy, click here.

[Images: The seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • RHD RHD on Jan 19, 2023

    Nice looking car, except for the black windows. It's not a good daily driver, but will find a home with someone who loves Alfa Romeos and is willing to fix all its faults.

    They did a great job detailing the wheels - it looks practically new - too bad they didn't detail the engine equally well!

  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb on Feb 24, 2023

    I once owned a late '90s Suburban that had perpetual A/C issues. I bought it new and about every 7 months it needed A/C service, which the Chevy dealer always did under the 3 year warranty. Until 3 years was up. Then they came clean, said continuing to recharge the system was illegal because refrigerant was leaking into the atmosphere and, that the reason for the leak was a defective compressor that slowly self-destructed and contaminated the entire Front & Rear A/C systems. Would be about $3k to overhaul the entire system. Much screaming and legal wrangling later, the dealer agreed to cover the labr and I paid for the parts, still cost me about $1700. Recharging an A/C is like putting a band-aid on a bullet wound. You're only buying a few days before a much more painful and expensive procedure.

  • Lou_BC I've I spent the past few days in what we refer to as "the lower mainland". I see Tesla's everywhere and virtually every other brand of EV. I was in downtown Vancouver along side a Rivian R1T. A Rivian R1S came off as side street and was following it. I saw one other R1S. 18% of new vehicles in BC are EV'S. It tends to match what I saw out my windshield. I only saw 2 fullsized pickups. One was a cool '91 3/4 ton regular cab. I ran across 2 Tacoma's. Not many Jeeps. There were plenty of Porches, Mercedes, and BMW's. I saw 2 Aston Martin DBX707's. It's been fun car watching other than the stress of driving in big city urban traffic. I'd rather dodge 146,000 pound 9 axle logging trucks on one lane roads.
  • IBx1 Never got the appeal of these; it looks like there was a Soviet mandate to create a car with two doors and a roof that could be configured in different ways.
  • CAMeyer Considering how many voters will be voting for Trump because they remember that gas prices were low in 2020–never mind the pandemic—this seems like a wise move.
  • The Oracle Been out on the boat on Lake James (NC) and cooking up some hella good food here with friends at the lake place.
  • ToolGuy Also on to-do list: Read the latest Steve S. fiction work on TTAC (May 20 Junkyard Find)