I didn't intend to buy
Hi all, Last Thursday 25th September I took delivery of a car that I had thought I would never seriously look at.
Way back in the 70's I had worked for a national distributer of Volvo and then we were still selling the 120 series including the amazing 123GT. I took in all marques against new and used Volvos and rather than use my company Demonstrator I liked to drive the 'unusual trade in' . Anything that was comparatively rare I drove . So Alfa Romeo Julietta Ďs, Lancias, especially the rally s2 coupe, Citroen DS 23ís and safariís , Jaguar E Types; yes people did trade them in especially during the the petrol crisis of 73 after the middle east war, even two stroke wartburgs which wistled as did Saab 3 cylinder triple carb 96 Ďs with free wheeling hubs, Rover 3.5ís, the saloon and coupe , Queen Mother had the last one I believe, Fabulous cars ,the wonderful Rover 3500s and auto ,Triumph 2000ís by the score including the 2500'PI's wonderful car. BMW and Mercedes were very rarely traded for a Volvo so I hardly got to drive them. Some Cars traders didnít want and to get a deal in the 3 day working week anything would be considered At one time I actually bought a car to get a deal . Not allowed in the company rules. I bought a V12 E Type 18months old with the help of a very kind Bank manager for the princely sum of £ 1750.00. I sold it 6 months later to a trader in Bristol for £3000.00 , it had swept up and down the M4 (speed limit during those testing times was 55 MPH), clocking somewhat in excess of that with angry motorway users hooting and making very rude gestures to me, canít think why. I bought that car so that I could offer the owner more money than he had been offered ( £1250), having sold to me Ďprivatelyí he bought a sun yellow Volvo 245 Manual with rear facing seats, He really must have missed his car, but in those days people up and down the country were digging big holes and burying cars that did 10 to the gallon!
My girlfriend then said Yes, she would marry me and the rest as they sayÖ..
Five children later, four boys sent to University, house paid for, happily, and amazingly solvent with a history of....can I sayí individualí some slightly boring but very sensible cars I found myself ready to indulge.
Currently I have an 11 year,old Chrysler Grand voyager 3.3, I have to own a large car to accomodate our disabled daughter plus wheelchair plus 4 boys, A rover 25 1.4 twin cam, 10 years old and until last Thursday, a Citroen 2.5 TD exclusive, at 13 years old still a car that amazed me, wonderfully powerful , returning 40 plus and utterly reliable, the best Citroen I have ever owned .(7 in total, 4 BXís including the awesome 16v and 3 XMís)
I have never owned an Alfa Romeo, driven yes, bid on, yes ,examined for rust Oh yes, as the bulldog says, traded on Oh yes, BUT
Boy have they changed!!
I now own a metallica blue 2.4 JTD manual saloon. I am so impressed .
The engine is magnificent, the gearbox precise and smooth the steering exact, the cabin great to look at and easy to understand and sort. The car is so Italian and subtley struts its handsome qualities with a gorgeous roar from its 5 cylinders. My wife drove it today for the first time and quietly agreed that it was indeed a handsome Italian stallion. It is most definitely not female.
Thanks for reading.