When I first found this Alfa Romeo 164 on CraigsList, I wondered why in the world anyone would want an Alfa Romeo without one of the Italian maker’s gorgeous-sounding engines. Sure, the front-drive 164 is something of a pariah in the Alfa community, but one must wonder if swapping out the howling 3.0-liter V6 for a whining electric motor is the type of retrofitting future in which one wishes to live. The photos don’t provide much in the way of overall condition, particularly of the exterior, but one gets the impression that it’s not the worst electric conversion ever and won’t be much less reliable than than the combustion-engined version.
[Source: Milwaukee Craigslist]
From the ad:
Electric Car Alfa Romeo – $4500 (Greendale)
100% Electric Car, 120v drivetrain. Runs good, interior is mint, exterior is in very good condition. Asking $4,500 Obo, Has LED headlights and Fog lights. MUST See!!!
Costs about $0.15 for a full charge. 8months left on battery warranty for free replacement.
The interior looks clean and comfortable and the seller can even row his or her own gears.
The rear seat features a stitched Alfa Romeo emblem on the armrest.
But does that electric motor’s alleged thriftiness resonate in an attractive car with a distinctly foreign engine bay? Does it trample upon the Alfa Romeo “soul” or does it instead create automotive life anew? I feel myself unable to render a judgment either way. On one hand, how can anyone not love the Alfa V6’s song? But on the other, if you’re going to build a practical, four-door electric car, why not make it a pretty car?