Leaving Silverstone today, as I drove passed some spectators in my GTV I heard one say "Look, a real Alfa" - well said that man
I think I understand what he meant, to my eyes, modern saloon / hatchback Alfas have lost something, although they are perfectly good cars, they seem to have lost some of that Alfa magic, they look pretty much like everybody else's offerings.
Back in the day, well my day anyway, Alfa saloons like the Giulia 1600 Super, looked decidedly different from other manufacturers cars, performed a darn sight better than most of 'em too. Though now I think about it, every manufacturers cars did look very different one from the other! Still it weren't all sunshine and roses, once car manufacturers started building monocoque cars it all went to mono-c o c k! Nobody realised how many water/salt traps they were building into their cars, and the result was a tin worm epidemic, still they got away with it for the most part, people still bought their cars.
Alfas were no different, under government ownership, they were probably worse than many, Fiat (Fix It All Tomorrow), were like as not worse! It seemed to me at the time that what Alfa was very good at was building engines, those old twin cam engines were bloody marvellous! and almost infinitely tuneable, and all you needed to tune them was the bits, and box full of spanners.
Which brings me to computers, (spit).....Ok, it weren't all bad, except for the advent of the jelly mould cars, and we still have them. We now have cars that take a very long time to rust to pieces, but they are encumbered with so much crap, that some spotty yoof with a lap top is needed to tell you why yer car wont go. All in the name of emissions. I look under the bonnet of me Spider, and I just scratch me head, for the most part, I aint got a clue what I am looking at.
I note that spanner men aint called mechanics anymore, they're called technicians, personally, I think cars are too complex, and what for? In the name of efficiency? I don't think they are much more efficient than they were back in 1965, fuel consumption (on the street, not manufacturers fairy tales) is not that much improved, generally speaking mileages seem to be better, I do remember when 80k miles was considered total rebuild time, so yes, the engineering is better, but efficient? Well I suppose it depends how you measure it really.
Still me Spider does look very different from most, and she turns a few heads as I burble through the town
Ah well just an old geezers ramblings..........Have a nice Sunday.