Alfa Romeo 164 Survives Alfa's Departure From America, Can't Survive Cash For Clunkers

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You've seen the clunked Benzes, the clunked Japanese luxury machines, and the general clunkicide, but these chilling sights may not have prepared you for this: Clunkerized Alfa Romeos!

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The 164 was the last model Alfa Romeo sold in North America before retreating back to Europe, and it took brave buyers indeed to buy a car that was obviously about to be a total orphan with zero dealership support.

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It appears that this car, which I photographed at an East Bay self-service wrecking yard, has already been picked over pretty well, which indicates that many of its parts will live on in other 164s. Too bad about the trashed Alfa V6, though.

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I was very curious about the Alfa Romeo badge, especially the snake.

According to Wiki, it is generally accepted that the badge is based on the coat of arms of the House of Visconti. In the early part of the 5th Century AD, a serpent that devoured humans was said to be at large in the area around Milan and terrifying the local populace. It was slain by Ottoni Visconti, and this heroic deed was celebrated as part of the coat of arms. The red cross celebrates the deeds of Giovanni Da Rio, who is reputed to have been the first to climb the walls of Jerusalem and erect a cross there during the first crusade.