We spotted this late-1980s Alfa Romeo 75 while attending a family member’s wedding last weekend. The 75 is almost extinct on French roads so we broke away from the ceremony for a few minutes to snap a couple of pictures of it.
High-spec 75s with either a V6 or a turbocharged four-cylinder are particularly sought after in Europe but less powerful models are mostly written off as junk. The one pictured here is a mid-range model that is powered by Alfa’s famed 2.0-liter Twin Spark, an engine that makes 150 horsepower and 137 lb-ft. of torque thanks in part to the use of two spark plugs per cylinder.
Unfortunately, two of the Alfa’s hubcaps have been replaced by unsightly supermarket-spec ones while the other two are simply gone, revealing black 14-inch steelies. The 75 has had some paint work done in the past but apart from that it is mostly original and it even still wears its discreet body kit, which is the same as the one that was mounted on the Milano Verde in the United States.
The new French plates erase all traces of the car’s origins, save for the fact that it changed hands earlier this year. However, the car shows no major signs of rust which leads us to believe that it has not spent its entire life in the seaside town where we photographed it.
Although we did not have time to track down the Alfa’s owner, we’re willing to bet that it belongs to an Italian car enthusiast because there was a recent issue of a well-known classic car magazine sitting on the back seat. Not only that, another uncommon Italian car was parked just a few feet away – coincidence? We think not.