Re: 147 manual or selespeed
I have just bought a 147 and I specifically chose a manual, purely down to the fact that the manual is less hassle than the selespeed (its a gearbox, cogs move around when you tell them to).
Also I have to say as a petrol head, a manual gearbox is a must (on the Kirkstone pass on Sunday in the wet I really appreciated getting gears I wanted to!)
it is all down to choice though, get down to your local alfa dealer (or beg nicely to some AO club members in your area) to see if you can have a drive of both and see which you prefer.
Although saying that, I am probably coming down to Torquay in a month or so to see a mate so if your havent found anything by then, give me a shout and I can let you have a go in mine