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Hi all,

Been out of Alfa ownership for the past 12 months but that itch just won't stay scratched!

Had a couple of GTVs in the past - a TS and a V6 - and I'm now looking to complete the hat-trick with another V6 or even a Cup My first one was the V6, and it was a minter - should never have sold it. The second was a TS, and it turned out to be a shed Fell to bits after 6 months and I only made any money selling it because of the registration plate

I've been lucky enough to have some really nice cars over the past 10 years, but nothing has got to me quite as much as my GTV V6 - there's just something about that pushes all the right buttons and I miss it terribly.

I'm now in a position where it would make a lot of sense to 'downgrade' my current weekend toy to another GTV, which would allow me to still have a fiery Italian mistress, but also spend some money on our other cars, which have been a bit neglected over the past few years.

Looking forward to being back amongst the Alfisti!


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Welcome ! Yes nice collection of cars.

Everyone would be more interested in your Ferrari 348 though ! What it like compared to the Alfas ?!
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Hello and welcome to AO, Pete I'm the East Midlands Regional Representative so if you need any help drop me a pm or email We have quite a few meet ideas for the new year so your more than welcome to attend even if you haven't found your GTV by then Have a look in here for all the goings on our region. Hello and welcome again
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Hi folks,

Thanks for the warm welcome

Lewi: I'll certainly be interested in attending an East Midlands meet in the new year whether I've bought a car or not. Could always come in the Ferrari if the weather's not too bad and the roads are salt-free

Fred: although the Ferrari shares a lot of characteristics in common with Alfas (good looks, great interiors, temperament etc) is a really different beast altogether - it's like a big go-kart! It's de-catted with a sports exhaust so the noise is incredible - sounds like an F1 car at full chat. It has no power steering or traction control, so requires either a delicate touch or just plain manhandling depending on circumstances It can be chucked into corners at silly speeds and it will just grip and get on with it unless you're being really stupid. The open gate gearbox is ok once it's warmed up, but an absolute pig when it's cold - forget even trying 2nd gear for the first few miles. The ride is stiff but supple, soaking up the worst of the bumps without crashing and banging over them or unsettling the ride. Brakes are good, but could be better - though I think that some uprated brake pads might sort that out.

The 348 has had a lot of bad press, and lazy journos and ignorant know-it-alls simply parrot the same tired old crap that they're terrible cars, the worst Ferrari ever made etc. Well, it's all rubbish. Yes, the early 348s had problems with handling, but the revisions to the suspension mounting points sorted that out. Hey, but who wants to know that when you can slag off a Ferrari?

As I write all this I'm wondering what the hell I'm doing even contemplating selling it. But I only covered 1500 miles in it last year, it's eye-wateringly expensive when something goes wrong, I worry about leaving it anywhere... Plus we have three other cars and two motorbikes and most of our budget ends up going on the Ferrari and the others really need some TLC.

And I really, REALLY miss my old GTV V6 S500 GTV where are you now?
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