Vale Spider 916
It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the passing of my black 916 spider twinny. She was my first Alfa and I loved her dearly.
She leaked water
I couldn't seen anywhere except straight ahead (may have contributed to her demise)
She made a lot of weird noises
She was impractical
She was not very quick
But I loved her.
When i learnt how to drive the twinny and keep the revs up she rewarded me with spirited performance and beautiful handling for a FWD car. I have great memories of taking her for blasts in the Yarra Valley and the Victorian Alpine Region and never letting the revs drop below 3000- awesome drivers car, quite unlike my previous (faster) but more conservative cars. The occasional sunny day, roof down and good road made me forgive any other foibles!
So, now I am looking for another car. I have been convinced by external powers (wife) that a more practical car is called for. one that i could occasionally put someone in the back of, one that i might be able to drive to the mountains with my skis in, one that i might be occasionally able to put my bike in the back of.
Gentlemen. I found myself test driving volvo c30! Do i need to be institutionalised?
Then it dawned on me. what i need is another Alfa. A more modern one. a more comfortable one. a slightly more practical one. But one that retains the glorious design and the essence of a drivers car. Another car with SOUL.
This quest has brought me to a 2008 Brera 2.2 JTS. And i think it could be the solution. Blue, black interior, 40 000km on the clock.
I have never driven a Brera- what should I be looking for? any key areas to check? are the chances of buying a lemon low? high? will i be able to put my pushy in the boot with the front wheel off? can i get my skis in? can i pick up my (very short) sister from the airport occasionally? will i accept that it's not the fasted car around but still enjoy driving it? Will i miss the convertible too much?
Any advice and encouragement for a future Brera Brother who is still in mourning over the passing of old Blacky would be greatly appreciated.