They must be cheap in Italy Tony, yes? Certainly better supply.
Actually, whilst they are more plentiful, I don't think they're cheaper, as they're more highly-rated in Italy than in the UK. The UK is by far the best place to pick up cars like big Alfas and Citroens, as they're unloved by most and very cheap.
I'm just back from Rome and saw 12 FL 166s, 8 of the original 166s and gave up counting 159s when I got to 50! Then there were countless 156s, Fiat 500s, Grande Puntos and Lancias. And that's in just a few days, without really looking hard!
Why do you not have a LHD 166? Do you not do most of your driving on the "wrong" side of the road
I've thought about that and, if I stay here long-term, I will have to buy a left pegger. I could also lease something in Germany, as the rates are low. I probably wouldn't buy a 166. They're quite a bit more expensive here, eg. a late Collezione for £28K (yes, pounds!).
There's also the issue of the loss of 20 years of UK NCB if I don't have insurance in the UK. I am still registered in the UK for tax purposes (and have a UK company) and a UK vehicle reinforces this. Believe me, you don't want to be paying income taxes here. Could be above 70% and certainly likely to be in the 60% bracket
. And 19% VAT. Nice, eh?!
I also enjoy the fact that, since there is no co-operation between the UK & German authorities, I don't get any trouble if I accidentally speed or park in the wrong location!
But, if I did buy a new LHD car, I quite like the idea of this, especially if they're making a 250PS version
. Mind you, for the kind of driving I am likely to be doing, ie. long distances, I guess a powerful diesel would make more sense. Certainly has to be very comforable and quick...perhaps a heavily-depreciated Citroen C6.