The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 6
1995 Alfa Romeo 164 LS Sedan

Selling on Friday

1995 Alfa Romeo 164 LS Sedan


• One-owner vehicle from new; 60,130 miles at cataloging
• Bold Pininfarina styling and European-style performance
• Accompanied by factory/dealer issued books and documents
• Excellent color combination; sound body and leather interior
• One of the final examples sold new in the United States

3.0-litre DOHC, 24-valve V-6 engine, electronic fuel injection, five-speed manual gearbox, front-wheel drive, four-wheel independent suspension, hydraulic four-wheel disc brakes with ABS; wheelbase: 2,659 mm (104.7”)

Unveiled at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Alfa Romeo 164 executive-class sports sedan was the last model developed while the legendary marque was still fully independent. Design work began in 1982 on the Tipo 4 vehicle platform, shared with Fiat, Lancia and Saab, with the new Alfa Romeo destined to compete against a wide array of vehicles from Ford, Opel/Vauxhall, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The distinctively angular body design of the 164 was penned by Enrico Fumia for Pininfarina, offering extremely low aerodynamic drag and a crisp, finely tailored overall appearance highly suggestive of the new Alfa’s upscale status. Engineering work on the 164 program was rigorous and relentless, with testing including a stint in Morocco simulating conditions encountered on the brutal Paris-Dakar Rally. Once ready for sale, the 164 was available in North America with a 3.0-litre, 24-valve engine powering the 164 S and 164 LS, rated at 230 and 210 horsepower, respectively.

Despite positive press and buyer acclaim, Alfa Romeo withdrew from North America in 1995. That year, while reading the Wall Street Journal over breakfast, George Finley saw a full-page advertisement offering very attractive sale terms for the final stocks of these fine driving machines. Following a call to Alfa Romeo’s North American headquarters, Finley was directed to the Alfa Romeo representative in Georgia, and he made the trip there from Texas to secure this 1995 Alfa Romeo 164 LS, one of the last examples of the 164 sold new in the United States. As offered, it clearly benefits from proper maintenance, operation and storage, with 60,130 indicated miles of use at the time of cataloguing, with the body, exterior finish, engine bay, trunk and interior all exceptionally nice, with the sole exception of wear to the leather-clad front armrest pad, which should be easily corrected at minimal expense. In addition to a digital AM/FM cassette stereo system, this 164 LS is further equipped with a trunk-mounted 12-disc CD changer and retains an unused spare wheel/tire assembly and roadside jack. Factory-issued books and manuals reside inside their stylish folio, including the original warranty card, embossed with VIN and 04-18-95 delivery date, plus the original tire-pressure gauge, touch-up paint tube, and dealer business cards. A true “businessman’s express,” this high-specification 1995 Alfa Romeo 164 LS is a very attractive and well-maintained example of one of the last Alfa Romeo models sold in America until the marque’s return in 2017.

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