1993: 155 GTA
Pour out a Campari for the 155 GTA, the all-wheel-drive turbocharged saloon that would have been the perfect cat among the pigeons in the battle between E30 BMW M3 and 190E Cosworth.
Just think for a moment, if you will, about how much richer our lives would be if we had a Lancia Delta Integrale-based four-door saloon with an Alfa badge and 190bhp, every bit as boxy and amazing as its German counterparts. We can always dream, can’t we?
Well, apparently Zagato did some dreaming on our behalf, building a distinctly limited run of 155s dubbed the 155 TI-Z and 155 GTA-Z. Now, mixing GTA and Zagato is pretty much like mixing bourbon, vermouth and bitters in our book. Or mixing some other, non-alcoholic things, if you’re not a complete soak who daydreams about Manhattans when they should be working. In any case, it’s a good combo, enjoyed too infrequently.
Oddly, the TI-Z followed the 155 GTA formula more closely, with a turbocharged four-cylinder, while the GTA-Z used the (admittedly entirely excellent) Alfa V6. All 24 Zagato 155s seemed to end up in Japan (which was in its booming heyday back in the 1990s), and if anyone knows where we can find one, get in touch. No, really.