Re: Fed up with 156 veloce hard suspension
Our 2.4JTD Sproutwagon is a Turismo, and the ride is not too bad at all, but it will never be in the French car league. The handling is OK and quite good enough for my needs.
The dictator of hardness of ride is spring length (travel) and spring rate. The veloces are lowered and thus have less travel and higher rate springs. You can improve ride by going for longer slightly softer springs. BUT you then have to have a well matched set of shockers to control the extra movement..at which point you grasp the koni or bilstein brochure.(I don't advise the cheaper adjustables such as spax, or non adjustables.) Set them just the softer side of the mid setting and I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Unfortunately it all gets a bit pricey, but you could get turismo springs cheaply from a scrap yard..but check them closely for corrosion, and get them all from one car...as late a model as you can find I'd suggest.
I doubt I've been much help, but thats my tuppence worth.