Alfa Romeo 166

The 166 was the large executive saloon in Alfa Romeo’s line-up at the turn of the 21st century. Its mid-life upgrade in 2003 was quite comprehensive, involving significant mechanical changes as well as a facelift.

The facelift suggested that Alfa thought it had gone too far with the original design. This included drooping headlights which made the 166 look as if it had once heard very bad news from which it never fully recovered.

Later 166s were less distinctive at the front, but also seemed less in need of cheering up.