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"For the Alfa Romeo Brera, Giorgetto Giugiaro set out to look within himself, fine-tuning the concept of a contemporary, elegant, refined and essential car that could stand as the quintessence of the brand and its history and express technological development, though compressed into an almost intimate and discreet blend: the very requirements of elegance and classicism, of objects that are designed to last in time.” (Ital Design).
That was a direct quote from the advanced publicity for the Brera Concept in 2003 and could easily be dismissed as ‘marketing-speak’, however, we all know that when the boys at Alfa dip into their pencil box, the result is usually rather special and, when the production version of the Brera arrived late in 2005, it was met with uniform praise for its exterior and interior styling.
It was never meant to be a road-going car - it actually started life as an Ital Design concept car based around a Maserati in 2003, however, Alfa submitted to demand and went ahead with a production version. Developed alongside the 159, the Brera shares exterior and interior styling cues, as well as engines and gearboxes.
Launch engines were a choice of 182bhp 2.2-litre and a spine-tingling 256bhp 3.2 V6 petrol engines (utilising GM blocks with Alfa's magic added and bespoke heads) or a 2.4 diesel with 200bhp and 295lb ft of torque. The standard gearbox was a six-speed manual, although the 2.2 could be specified with optional Q-Tronic auto. The 3.2 V6 was very much the performance option and featured four-wheel drive with a Torsen diff, unlike the front-wheel-drive 4 cylinder cars.
The fabulous example on offer from the SA30 Collection is a super rare UK-supplied, right-hand drive, top of the Brera range 3.2 V6 JTS Q4 with a 6-speed manual gearbox. It dates from 2006 and is finished in classic Alfa Red with a black leather interior and optioned with 18”,7-hole design, alloys.
From the comprehensive history file, we can see that it was first registered on 1/09/2006 and joined our vendor’s collection on the 24/03/2009 with the one previous owners listed. We understand from our vendor that such was the demand for these sought after Alfas that he had to scour the UK to find one with only three being available at the time.
In addition to always being comprehensively maintained by our vendor's in house team, the service record is fully stamped and shows the following;
23/08/06 Pre-delivery services
23/05/08 1st Service @ 8,732 miles
16/03/09 2nd Service @ 12,345 miles
19/08/10 Steering and geometry check
8/11/14 Oil and Filter change @ 29,995 miles
17/12/15 Oil and Filter service @ 32,082 miles
The mileage at the time of cataloguing was 34,338 miles. Within the file are older MOTs going back to the very first, on 8/09/09 @14,814 and the most recent which was issued on 11/06/20 with No Advisories. The original Alfa Romeo Book Pack is immaculate and contains the Service and Warranty Booklet, the Owner’s Manual and the Sound System Manual. Pleasingly there is a mint copy of the original Brera/Spider brochure.
As you can see from the other cars in the SA30 Collection, over vendor is particularly fastidious when it comes to the condition of his cars and this Alfa is no exception. It presents beautifully outside, inside, under the bonnet, in the boot – everywhere and we think that you would have to go a long way to find a better one. There can be no doubt that this must be a guaranteed 'future classic', with so many great ingredients.
NB; The car is VAT qualifying, so 20% needs to be added to the hammer price.