Last week we featured a Crown Victoria with a bit of an, ahem, “rear end adjustment.” (Not a euphemism, yet.) But if 3400lbs of cobbled-together Blue Oval is too much third-row jumpseat action! for your tastes, may we offer up this example fresh from the Olde Worlde?
Alfa Romeo never made a wagon version of the 164. If they did, however, perhaps they would have stuck with the tried-and-true formula of using the rear end of a Ford Taurus. Yes, this Twin-Sparked Italian meatball features the same rear end as the wagon Robocop’s grandmother might have drove, dating to a period-correct 1980s generation.
When did the Taurus become the go-to source of bizarre wagon conversions? Who knows, because frankly, the look doesn’t translate well. The sharp Pininfarina creases down the side force the hatch to jut outward like a stack of books. But the rest of the car is standard Alfa Romeo 164 fare; that is to say pure, abject mechanical horror. Did you know the 164 featured three onboard computers? You’ll get to know them quite intimately. You may even name them. Benjamin, Peter, and the Flopsy Bunnies would be a good start.
Image sources: [Alfaheaven.com]