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Japanese Car Auction Find – 2007 Alfa Romeo Brera

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Earlier this week we learned that the Fiat group would be releasing their version of the Mazda MX-5 Miata as the revived Fiat 124 Spider. Prior to that announcement, we had expected that the Italian automaker would opt to release their version of the Japanese roadster as an Alfa Romeo model. Turns out that only fully Italian-sourced cars can be sold under the Alfa Romeo name. So, today we’re looking at a 2010 Alfa Romeo Brera Japanese car auction find:

2007 Alfa Romeo Brera

For those unfamiliar with last decade’s Alfa Romeo lineup, the Brera is essentially the bigger coupe brother to the Alfa Romeo Spider (which is a roadster). Only 21,786 total units of the Brera were built throughout the car’s production, which lasted from 2005 to 2010. As a 2010 model year, this would have been the last year the Brera was available.

The Alfa Romeo Brera is an extra-relevant auction find this week because the concept, the production model and all its updates were shown first at the Geneva Motor Show… The concept in 2002, the production model in 2005, and the upgrades in 2008 and ’09.

2007 Alfa Romeo Brera rear

Looking at the auction sheet at the bottom of this post, you can see that this is specifically an Alfa Romeo Brera 3.2 JTS Q4 model. Since this is a pre-2008 update model, the ‘3.2 JTS’ means we’re looking at a 3.2L engine that outputs 256 horsepower at 6200 rpm, and 237 lb-ft of torque at 3800 rpm. Top speed is rated at 149 mph (244 km/h) and 0 to 60 time is 7.2 seconds.

The 2008 update for the Brera also introduced Alfa Romeo’s e-Q2 limited slip differential to all models, and integrated aluminum parts to reduce the curb weight of the car.

Alfa Romeo Brera

Unfortunately, this particular auction find only offers us a couple small images of the design. Fortunately, we’ve found some larger manufacturer-sourced images to give you a better idea of just how sleek and, well, Italian-looking (there’s no other way to describe it) the Brera looks on the road. You can see the classic downward triangle with Alfa’s sigil at the top, the triple headlight design and the smooth, minimalist body lines that define the overall tone of the Italian automaker’s former flagship coupe.

Alfa Romeo Brera interior

Inside, the Brera’s large rear-end allows for some serious rear passenger space. A leather interior and plenty of amenities around the cabin make for a truly pleasurable and fun-filled drive. And this find is in pretty good shape too, with an overall rating of 4.5 and a B-grade interior and exterior. Get a full translation below the auction sheet:

2007 Alfa Romeo Brera auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition B, first registered December 2007, 3.2 JTS Q4 Skysound model, 4WD, 6-speed manual transmission, AAC, HDD navigation system, digital TV, official dealer LHD import, rear view reversing camera, power steering, power windows, original AWs, airbag, leather seats, model year unknown, stone chips in front windscreen, interior grime and wear and tears and scratches, seats worn and torn, steering wheel worn, airbag warning light on, minor scratches and minor dents, wheels scratched, door mirrors scratched, marks as per map”


Japanese Car Auction Find: Alfa Romeo RZ (Zagato-Designed Convertible)

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

It’s almost a year since I posted about an Alfa Romeo SZ that I had seen in one of the car auctions in Japan. The design is very striking and it must still be on my brain, because today I was skimming through the auctions and found this sister car — the Alfa Romeo RZ (convertible).

This one is even rarer than the SZ. Alfa planned to build 350 of these drop tops, but only got around to making 278 in the end.

And this one is an absolutely superb example. First of all, it’s a 1994 import, but with only 32, 310 KM on the clock. That’s an incredibly low 20,076 miles. Then it’s also a grade 4.5, which is the best you are going to see on a car this age. Actually,while we’re at it, here’s the full translation:

“Interior B, first registered December 1994, chassis type unknown, 2WD, 5-speed manual, leather seats, power steering, power windows, original AWs, LHD, not known if gray or official import, no catalytic convertor fitted, oil leak from ride height control unit  – repairs needed, seats worn, interior scratches, wheels scratched, minor scratches and minor dents, front windscreen stone scratches, exterior paintwork worn just in front of right rear wheel arch, minor scratch under front bumper.”

So, just a small leak to repair and there you have it — a pristine show car.

I don’t know…. I think last year I was still undecided about whether I really liked the styling of these SZ and RZ Alfa’s. You can’t accuse Zagato of being anything less than bold, that’s for sure.

But seeing this car now, I have to say that I think the shape is growing on me.

I really think this is a potential future classic. Take a look at the pictures of this Alfa Romeo RZ at auction today and tell me what you think in the comments below.

Alfa Romeo RZ convertible 1994 (front) - at a car auction in Japan

Alfa Romeo RZ convertible 1994 (auction sheet) - at a car auction in Japan

Alfa Romeo RZ convertible 1994 (interior) - at a car auction in Japan

Alfa Romeo RZ convertible 1994 (rear) - at a car auction in Japan

Whether you are after a modern classic like this Alfa Romeo RZ, or whether you are looking for a plain and simple Toyota Corolla to get you to and from your work, Japan’s car auctions can be a great place to look.


Japanese Car Auction Finds: Alfa Romeo SZ (ES30)

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

This is one of those cars that really polarizes opinion: You really do either love it or hate it. Having started off as a show car in 1989, you have to admit that there was not a lot of compromise in bringing the truly dramatic shape  of the Alfa SZ to the road.

The underpinnings are largely Alpha 75, but the suspension had a lot of help from the head of the Lancia works rally team that at that time was a powerful force in the rallying world with its Delta. The “wedge” body was made of a plastic composite which allowed weight savings.

Personally, when I first saw this car in the early 90s, the first thing I thought of was the batmobile from the 1989 Michael Keaton movie. You will see what I mean if you imagine the rear spoiler to be more like a bat wing, and the car itself painted in black.

Well, not only is this car one of only 1,036 SZs ever produced, but it is also one of only about 100 that ended up in Japan. If you are looking for them in Japan’s car auctions, you should note that they are usually listed as “Zagato”, since the SZ refers to “Sprint Zagato” – itself referencing the fact that Zagato in Italy bore the main responsibility for the design.

Alfa Romeo SZ (Zagato) ES30 at a Japan car auction- front

Alfa Romeo SZ (Zagato) ES30 at a Japan car auction - rear

Alfa Romeo SZ (Zagato) ES30 at a Japan car auction - interior