Hi from a new member.
A little bit about me.
Over the years (oh dear, that makes me sound old) I've owned a fair few Alfas, a couple of Suds, three Sud Sprints and a Montreal but I kind of drifted away from them after a messy split with a girlfriend led to my Montreal being sold without my knowledge - it was complicated but the net result was I lost the car and all the money I'd put into restoring/rebuilding it.
For the last ten years or so, I've been running various Mercedes E class models including (for the last 18 months or so) an AMG E55 - A car I'd always wanted, which is without doubt an incredible piece of German engineering which ticks all the boxes, it's quick, it's well equipped, it's as reliable as a swiss watch, for a 5.5 litre car it's economical and I struggle to fault it.
But, as always, there's an itch to scratch and for the last few months I've been thinking about switching back to an Alfa, more precisely a GTV for my daily driver. As the kids are getting older, we seldom go out as a family so the need for a big 5 seater is less important (plus we have another car that we can all fit in
I work from home these days so my mileage is minimal (less than 6k a year) so fuel economy isn't top of my priorities and a car is a fun thing.
Mid life crisis? Nah, unless it's some sort of rolling MLC I think that was covered by the AMG, the year before that it was the miniature traction engine, the year before that replacing all my photographic gear and buying the DSLR/lenses and so on and so forth
so I am classing this as a reasoned decision which SWMBO thinks is great as long as she gets to drive it once in a while.
So that's it really, I'm 52, live on the South coast with my other half, two kids, three dogs (Greyhound, lurcher and Bedlington Whippet) and work from home as a 3D modeller and illustrator.