Alfa Romeo Br­era S V6 Pro­drive packs lim­ited ap­peal

Value 2012 £14K Value NOW £12K

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chasing Cars -

Odd thing, the Br­era S. Back in 2008 Alfa Romeo UK spent £1m with Dave Richards at Pro­drive, tweak­ing and shav­ing 100kg from the stan­dard Br­era, re­sult­ing in a much crisper and more flu­ent car. The £28,450 list price (a £1450 pre­mium over stock) lost the four-wheel drive, and gained hol­low anti-roll bars, alu­minum up­rights, Eibach springs, Bil­stein dampers, new Brembo brakes, 19-inch tele­dial al­loys, and im­proved in­te­rior de­tail­ing with red stitch­ing. For­get the 182bhp 2.2-litre four-cylin­der, but go for the 256bhp 3.2 V6 and you’ll see 60 in seven sec­onds and a 155mph top speed. It’s one of Pro­drive’s best trans­for­ma­tions and the front-drive Br­era S V6 is much more ad­justable on the throt­tle with strong grip and alert re­sponses. The ride is harder but tar­mac con­nec­tion is much im­proved; drive one and you’ll won­der why it had four-wheel drive in the first place. Alfa UK claimed it just broke even on every car and the con­ver­sion was a flag­ship ex­er­cise. That’s good news for col­lec­tors be­cause there were only 500 pro­duced. They’ve stayed un­der the radar for the last decade but I’m see­ing prices tickle up. Make sure any­thing you buy has the all-im­por­tant Cer­tifi­cate of Au­then­tic­ity that lists the build num­ber. A pri­vate seller in Devon has a black 2008 with 76k and six ser­vices for £10,495 while Auto Lusso in Bournemouth has a black 2009 with 64,000 miles and full his­tory for £12,995. There aren’t many bud­get clas­sics made in such lim­ited num­bers that are so quick and us­able day-to-day or re­ward­ing. The Pro­drive Alfa Br­era S V6 could be a shrewd buy for the fu­ture.

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