I went to see the 'Dubious Ivory' JTD GT this morning but I think I'm walking away from this one. I smiled when we turned into the road and saw the Alfa shining away there, in sunlight muted through the clouds. However the scene greyed when I cast my eyes across the sellers house which was up for sale with the 'prop' mossy VW Caravelle, apparently from a 'Day of the Triffids' budget UK sequel parked on the double driveway. The chap was smiley and friendly enough and hand shakey and all that good stuff. The Triffid-mobile, it turned out is his elderly neighbours affirmation that that the only thing that she is more incredulous towards than gardening or new cars, is new neighbours. I wish our seller luck with the house sale.
Anyhow, we're here to discuss cars and I digress again... The car was nice outside, I couldn't drive it because I don't currently have an insurance policy of my own. My dad... well he drives a petrol Fiesta and Corsa and so was there mainly for observation and advice. The chap took us for a drive including a fast stretch to '70Mph Constable'
where the engine sounded solid and pulled well, interior was a bit shabby but this was expected on 86,000 miles of car. Of minor concern was the 'Water in oil filter' warning on ignition. The main problem was the 10mm light bubbling around a 3mm rust spot in the middle of the roof above the centre of the front screen. The paint was mildly faded elsewhere which suggests that any paint match job would be difficult, not that I was ever majorly keen on the colour, also all the Alfa Badges had faded which maybe suggests prolonged sunlight exposure? Or cheap car wash detergent? Anyway, I hear that good resprays are £1000+ which I could as well put toward a £5,250 spotless example in red or blue next time I'm paid or a 156 with a Q2
don't rush... u guys have plenty of alfas to go round.... decide if u want a gt or 156, which is only slightly more practical... then pull the trigger on a mint one.... paying a bit extra is fine, as if u pay 3k now on a marginal call u will regret it and still always want the one u were after... just sayin'
Yep, I think you're right. Though it's not discussed, everyone is left a bit disappointed when you blow your proverbial load too soon and nobody more so than I would be if I let impulse get the better of me. I might not get another one that cheap (do I want one suspiciously reduced to clear anyway?), but in 2 months I can afford the next GT price hike and buy a better and newer car in my preferred colours. So basically you're saying... 'go slow when buying, go fast when bought'.
Arguably the GT is more practical than the 156, since it's actually a hatch and has folding rear seats ... depends whether you'd find the cargo space or the rear doors more useful.
Practicality concerns are a non-entity since it will mostly transport 1-2 persons anyway. So for the record asking '156 or GT?' = a brunette vs. blonde debate. Quite simply, I like both therefore secondary considerations such as bodywork condition and what they have under their bonnet are of greater concern to me
Anyway, possible 156 viewing in a couple of weeks so I'll keep you all posted...