Built on the famous ‘Type Four’ platform, the Alfa Romeo 164 V6 was the most distinctive car – by far – of the lot. Build on a platform shared by Lancia, Saab and Fiat, as well as Alfa Romeo, the 164 V6 was designed by Pininfarina and was appreciated for its very distinctive silhouette, as well as its low, slanted nose and its unique doors.
The Alfa Romeo 164 V6 was the car that the company had been waiting for for a decade, finally allowing it to credibly rejoin the ranks of the mass-market and mass-produced cars. This executive sports sedan was beautifully appointed and no slouch on the highway, either, powered by a 192 horsepower, 3-liter V6 of true Italian heritage.
With a 149 mph top speed and 0-60 acceleration in 8.5 seconds, it could play in the streets with the big boys such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz without fear of embarrassment. Alfa Romeo produced the powerful sedan for nine years, until 1997, when it was replaced by the 156.