After trawling around here and getting advice, we've finally managed to get hold of our first Alfa, courtesy of Alfie at Heath Road Garage.
It's a 2001 147 that he bought in off a customer. It needed a fair bit doing, but he's sorted all the mechanicals out and I have to say, despite knowing nothing about these cars, it really does drive very nicely.
It's a 2.0 TS Lusso with all the bells and whistles - satnav, phone, sports leather, etc, etc.
I'm going to need a degree in astrophysics to be able to work out what all the buttons, switches and dials are for - it's like the flipping space shuttle!
Needs a bit of TLC to really get it gleaming ('tis the other half's car, but guess who's got the cleaning duties!), but for the money, the spec is ridiculously high.
The only thing she now wants is a 'shiny exhaust' - so the hunt is on for a stainless system, I guess ...... any pointers?