Hello to all, feel free to have a martini on the rocks or a mans drink if you like!
Ok, I have just bought a 156 2.0 ltr Veloce (2001 model)
I am a petrolhead and a bit of a part time trader of all things automotive over the past 20 yrs or so. keeps me happy, tinkering with cars and i make a little beer money.
Now, since i was 18 and on the good advice of my motor mechanic Dad.."always buy German or Japanese" (he was reluctant to say japanese at first, until he bought his first Jap Toyota Camry when he was in his 60's.....he had to admire their efficiency but he never liked the mitsubishi Zero's that tried to kill him in 1944 in the Pacific!)..my Dad died last yr at 85 yrs of age, having owned a number of Toyota's, his last being the Avensis.
So, I have had stacks of cars, early days with Ford then when i got wiser!!.. Audi's, BMW's (many E36 M3's) Merc's, VW's, Toyota, Honda's, Lexus and a few oddballs along the way..........But Never have i owned an Italian Car!!!!!!!!
My Dad didn't need to tell me 'NOT' to buy one! It was kind of common knowledge in the early 80's that they were 'suspect' and made of old pig iron!
Wind forward 27 years to last week..........Now i have always liked the look (quirky/different) of many Italian cars over the years and after reading an indepth review of a 156 (compared in many ways to the 3 series BM'!...& very favourably!) , i thought 'Mmmmmmmmmm!!!!'.................................. ..........Might try one of those!!!!..seems they have got their act together!
Cut to the chase Now!........went to view this 2001 model 2 Ltr Veloce, that was locally advertised............................
Been grining from ear to ear for 3 days now!, words cannot explain how i feel about this car.
.......It feels a bit like the first time i got in an M3 but i kind of expected the m3 to 'perform' , I never expected what this car has offered up to me! and for under a Grand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!