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July 20, 2009 10:14 AM

Look what turned up at the local pub on Saturday - you don't see many of these in one place. The procession through the local villages turned a few heads too - the sound was sublime
Any other Alfisti on here?
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July 20, 2009 10:33 AM

One of these would be on my lust car list. Something brilliantly right about the SZ design for me.

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July 20, 2009 11:06 AM

what a beautiful site that is. it was one of my dream cars when it came out. not a spot of rust to be seen - on any..
 
 
 
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July 20, 2009 11:08 AM

That's only because the body isn't metal Big Grin
 
 
 
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July 20, 2009 11:09 AM

so its still an alfa sud underneath then Smile
 
 
 
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July 20, 2009 11:39 AM

Nearly, Alfa 75 Cool
 
 
 
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July 20, 2009 12:12 PM

Do they come in any other colours?
 
 
 
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July 20, 2009 1:20 PM

An odd number of shoes.
 
 
 
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July 20, 2009 1:50 PM

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Originally posted by 555:
Do they come in any other colours?

All the SZ's are red except one, which was a gift to Zagato himself - in black.
The convertibles (odd looking things) were also available in black and yellow (yuk).
But Alfa red is a classic, and is the same even now.....
 
 
 
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July 20, 2009 7:26 PM

A few from the Goodwood Festival Of Speed:





 
 
 
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July 21, 2009 8:48 AM

Nice pics indeed. I would have loved to have heard the 8C Spider go up the hill
 
 
 
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July 21, 2009 6:33 PM

My own car - humble fodder in comparison to what's gone before, a 2006 GT 1.9 JTDM


 
 
 
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July 21, 2009 11:30 PM

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Originally posted by Steve Bull:
My own car - humble fodder in comparison to what's gone before, a 2006 GT 1.9 JTDM


Nothing to be humble about IMO. The GT is an under-rated car, and not much on the road matches it for looks. I miss my V6 GT already - a real shame they stopped the Arese 3.2 engine (something to do with 'emissions' or some climate bollocks). And it pretended to be a practical hatchback when it suited.
Everytime SWMBO and I see a GT on the road, there's an audible nostalgic sigh
 
 
 
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July 21, 2009 11:32 PM

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Never mind the cars, that pub looks beautiful.

Good beer and food too. Owned by Mark Webber of Red Bull fame - he was scheduled to be around, but apparently, his mates are in town playing cricket, or something
 
 
 
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July 22, 2009 10:37 PM

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Originally posted by Nero:
quote:
Originally posted by Steve Bull:
My own car - humble fodder in comparison to what's gone before, a 2006 GT 1.9 JTDM


Nothing to be humble about IMO. The GT is an under-rated car, and not much on the road matches it for looks. I miss my V6 GT already - a real shame they stopped the Arese 3.2 engine (something to do with 'emissions' or some climate bollocks). And it pretended to be a practical hatchback when it suited.
Everytime SWMBO and I see a GT on the road, there's an audible nostalgic sigh


You're right, the GT is a gorgeous car. I like the understated looks (admittedly somewhat negated by the red leather interior!) and you don't see that many about.

I actually started off with the intention of getting a new MiTo, took the 155hp turbo for a testdrive. While it was bloody quick and fun at first, I just ended up with the feeling that the 'off or on' nature of the delivery wasn't really what I was looking for. Whilst pondering my next move, I discovered a stock of used GT on the dealer forecourt and fell in love with it immediately.

I decided to go for the JTDM - similar power to the 2.0 petrol, more torque than the 3.2 V6 and 50 mpg on the cross-country run that accounts for most of my mileage. And more than enough real-world performance. It's a great cross-country mile-muncher. Would love to try a V6 though, just for the experience Smile

Plenty of Alfa 'features' like mirrors that are decorative rather than functional; a massive rear window that you can't see much out of due to the angle; a boot-lid that dumps water into the boot if opened too quickly; the airbag warning light that lights up at random; the non-functioning cruise control (thank goodness for the two-year warranty I negotiated into the deal!)

Yep, 4 months in and loving it.

Steve.
 
 
 
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July 22, 2009 10:38 PM

And surely there must be some other Alfa owners on here with pics of their cars to post up?
 
 
 
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July 22, 2009 11:38 PM

 
 
 
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July 23, 2009 12:34 AM

Ah a 6 month old one? Winker Smile
 
 
 
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July 23, 2009 12:54 AM

Ripping on Alfas is fun isn't it?
 
 
 
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July 23, 2009 10:00 AM

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Originally posted by BigH47:
Ah a 6 month old one? Winker Smile


Here we go, I wondered how long it would take Winker

Steve, I agree the diesel is a nice torquey engine, but I need the soundtrack in my life. I had a 159SWTI with the 2.4 for a (short) while, but I had to go back to the V6, even if it is a Holden block now

Winky - that's a sad sight. I guess there aren't too many Alfas in Canada?
 
 
 
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July 23, 2009 5:05 PM

I confess. It isn't mine. I just googled "alfa rust bucket" and that's what popped up. I'm pandering to the cliche.
 
 
 
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July 24, 2009 9:30 AM

[sigh][/sigh]
 
 
 
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July 24, 2009 9:57 AM

Nice pic, not so sure about the cars.
Having owned one Alfa in the past and watched it rust and degrade faster than a Mk-I escort, never again.
Beauty or whatever turns you on is in the eye or mind of the beholder, and like all such enthusiasts / clubs / societies / Naim owners, Alfa enthusiast owners are no different, blinked and one track minded.
So I will continue to lust after a DB-9 and actually drive them from time to time, support my local Morris side, but continue in my total contentment to and blinkered vision through my rose coloured Bimmer windscreen.

No hate mail please, life is too short.
 
 
 
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July 24, 2009 10:10 AM

I have a GTV 3.0 V6 just for fun.
Mate of mine, who is a car salesmen, calls the GTV a "dirty barmaid" car, "good for the weekend but you wouldn't want to marry one"
I have a LEXUS GS300 sport if i need to actually get somewhere. Smile
The GTV is great for frightening the mrs and amusing the kids.
 
 
 
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July 24, 2009 10:32 AM

I don't think hate mail is needed. Just a bit of fun.
Peoples ideas on cars especially, seem to bring out very, extreme views.I'm not a BMW fan(don't really know why)unless it's a 850.
I had 2 work mates in the '70s both had Alfas, both literally rusted while you watched them, in fact one of them managed to drive the engine out of the chassis.That sort of thing kind of sticks in the mind.
 
 
 
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July 24, 2009 12:22 PM

BigH47, yes it’s all a bit of fun, but people sometimes take offence over the smallest thing, try discussing speaker cables for instance, especially if you dare suggest something is better than NACA5.
Getting back to cars, I used to work with the old Rolls Royce factory and I once asked one of their sales trainers what he thinks is so special about a Rolls. His reply was that if anything on a car is noticeable it has no place on a Rolls. I did not fully understand the subtleties at the time. But drive one for a few hours, as I have done since then, and he is right. Nothing is noticeable except the ambiance, and as the miles tick silently by the total satisfaction and smug grin factor never leaves you.
Dare I say it I get the same with (some) BMW's, it sounds childish but my sense of anticipation when I fly back into LHR every week and pick up the car and look forward to that drive home on that f~~### overcrowded with morons M40, but still with that smug grin ............ Big Grin
 
 
 
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July 24, 2009 12:28 PM

I agree, choice of car is very personal. I find many cars too refined and quiet, but the sound quality of a car is important to me. Many cars have the sound engineered out of them. I like to have some music on the road, and I don't mean from the CD player. For that reason, I tend not to choose BMW/Merc, despite the fact they are generally excellent cars.
Give me a dirty barmaid any day Winker
Nothing you can do about the morons on the M40 unfortunately....
 
 
 
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July 24, 2009 12:44 PM

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Nothing you can do about the morons on the M40 unfortunately....


Or the M25 judging by yesterday,zooming from lane to lane ,most cars 30-40, dickhead 50+. No wonder we heard that the whole of the 25 was blocked (J25) I think, fortunately we had already passed that, mind you it wasn't a great deal quicker than stopped.
 
 
 
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July 24, 2009 4:41 PM

Don't forget - you aren't ever "stuck in traffic" - you ARE the traffic.
 
 
 
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July 25, 2009 6:15 PM

Here's a friends restored Alfa GTV. He was the second owner. Did most of the restoration himself which impressed me. Without AC in LA it was an oven in the daytime. I drove my car for summer events with AC on. His car fall and winter.

Not a spot of rust on it, but we're in a coastal desert.
 
 
 
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July 25, 2009 6:48 PM

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Here's a friends restored Alfa GTV. He was the second owner. Did most of the restoration himself which impressed me. Without AC in LA it was an oven in the daytime. I drove my car for summer events with AC on. His car fall and winter.

Not a spot of rust on it, but we're in a coastal desert.


Now that's gorgeous.
 
 
 
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July 25, 2009 9:28 PM

beautiful. Any more pics?
 
 
 
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July 25, 2009 11:20 PM

 
 
 
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July 25, 2009 11:21 PM

Ah that didn't work
 
 
 
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July 26, 2009 2:51 AM

oh yeah more pics, I took the pics with his direction and created a small website for it's sale. He is still in contact with the buyer and saw it once on the road. It really was his pride and joy.

Here is the side strip of images to scroll on the website.


Immaculate condition, that gray trunk was so clean and black carpet inside is original.

For 2 years he took it to a French Italian car show here set up in a big field with all sorts of cars, huge Alfa section. Jay Leno would show up with something outrageous. Once a BIG old Bugatti of his. Dave just about creamed. There were also many of those wonderful limited editions that looked like 50s spaceships.
 
 
 
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July 26, 2009 2:48 PM

Well I had one not tooo long ago;




Slightly interesting version with a 2.0 twin spark engion



Note gear change buttons on steering wheel



Sadly some drawbacks. Rock hard suspension vs cobbled Dutch roads just too much hassle and a determination to change up a gear at just the wrong moment when pulling out or overtaking unless in manual mode.

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July 26, 2009 3:07 PM

Great Geoff, I bet it was a nice ride . We haven't had Alfas here for 20 years. When I had trips to Europe they were always the car I noticed and looked for.
 
 
 
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July 26, 2009 5:01 PM

Lovely motor Geoff. Smile
 
 
 
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July 27, 2009 4:59 PM

Geoff,

Was that a Veloce rather than a Lusso?

I moved away from Alfas as I couldn't bear to move away from rear wheel drive.

John
 
 
 
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July 27, 2009 11:09 PM

Good car Geoff - of course, the GT was based on the same platform.
There's a bloke who lives up the road with an as-new red 156 3.2V6 sitting in his garage for future use. One dark night I'll crowbar his locks..
 
 
 
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