Kind of know what you are getting at Mak.When I remember driving a mates Sud and compare it to other cars of its era (Escorts,Marinas,Alllegros!)it was streets ahead in terms of performance,roadholding,handling,etc if not construction!Similar thing happened when I remember driving a 205 GTI many years ago(compared to say an XR2/3!).There just isn`t that light and day difference these days between modern cars(apart from between say a Vectra and 156!),although I have yet to experience a 4 cylinder motor thats a patch on a twinspark.
I think the fwd Spider (and GTV) has plenty of old school Alfa though.Teeth jarring ride,noise,creaks and rattles,dodgy fit and finish,etc!
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