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intro....past cars, & next in sight.

was 1st posted to japan in 1996 & with the exception of 2008-til jan. of this yr have always resided in tokyo.
former investment banker (go ahead throw stones), early retired.....married to a japanese woman.
in japan prior to 2008 i had 2 beemers (318, & 320) & alfa 147 2l. (selespeed)

for recent few yrs in vanc i had an 04 cobra (limited edition 1 of approx 5600, from the factory with forged internals, race headers, heavy duty clutch, low compression-for forced induction & the only mustang ford produced with irs....mine was further modified with a whipple blower, about 17lbs boost, bigger intercooler, BAP & MAFia, magnaflow exhaust-catback along with a pro tune-remapping. it was tested on a dyno at 575rwHP).
pics are here........

fun car except when it rained (wet roads, hills as in vancouver) stiff clutch (my wife could not engage it) & with very immediate pick up made it quite squirrely in the city.
so sold it & next up was:
92 964 series porsche. turbo look roadster (in europe called wtl cab, in north america branded america production approx 1160).
1 of the last of the aircooled porsche & last 911 to have "kart" like handling immediate road presence with its fall away front lid.

pics are here

so back in tokyo (where the last thing 1 needs is a car!!) in january when my wife received a
very good job offer & now considering car purchase....

basically going to target gtv's in particular late 90's small block (2L.) v-6, turbocharged (ie gtv TB).
there was a special edition either directly from alfa or done up by italian tuner for alfa japan
& sold only in japan of the gtv TB, known as alfacorse (or as pronounced by nihon-gin arufacoruse)

am trying to determine exact number....looks like between 100 &200. all featured limited edition (numbered) plate next to gearshift lever.
-all were remapped, dual exhaust reported at approx 230bhp vs stock 201.

there are 4 on the market now.....1 in tokyo rest in kansai are links to 2 of them (maybe interesting to note they both have front fender induction vents).

click on any thumb for enlargement.......

アルファGTV コルセ2.0V6TB アルファコルセコンプリートカー(東 )の*古車詳細 | *古車なら【カーセンサーnet】

アルファGTV ALFA CORSE GTV 2.0TB 限定モデル・レザーシート(滋賀)の* 古車詳細 | *古車なら【カーセンサーnet】

on a recent outing we did come across/were intriqued by an SZ (zagato). there are at least 9 on the market here (94 - 96)....average price about jpy2.5million & average mileage
less than 40,000km.
not many around so am on an italian forum trying to understand how bad (as in expensive) the 3l. engine is to maintain. some have reported the composite body is a ***** to repair.

looking forward to having a sexy italian under me again in near future!

cheers, ciao, gerry
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