Wife died - buy a GTV!
Well.. after a long fight against MS my brilliant wife died in Sept 12.
I felt the need to do something a bit irresponsible, after all at 45 I am in the mid life crisis zone. It's a no brainer.
As the triumph72 name suggests I have a soft spot for a certain British car company. My mum wasnt keen on my plan to buy a motorbike; so being a good boy at the age of 18 I took notice & got a worn out 1972 Spitfire instead. Kept if for 5 years, learnt a lot about car mechanics & driving before I passed it on.
Unfortunately I don't have a garage so some old British sportscar isn't going to like sitting on the drive in the rain - piles of rust will be the result. Also such things are getting very expensive, you don't get a lot of performance per £.
So what to get?
Thought about the usual MX5, Z3, MR2 - they lack style & show no imagination on the part of the buyer - IMO. Always liked the Fiat Coupe - but.. out of the back of my mind came the GTV.
So on Saturday I get a 1999 Twin Spark Lusso. Full history, loads of receipts from Alfa Specialists, stamped service book - it even has the brown key.
Just so you get a picture of my low performce car history - here it is.
Triumph Spitfire - slow but great fun. Show it a wet roundabout & have huge fun at 30mph, everyone should have a go. Sit on the front wheel & take the head off just for fun - it's that easy.
Astra 1300 Mk1 - replaced the Spit, I liked it - was quite nippy.
Volvo 340 variomatic - My wife's car. Unbelivable that you can go that quick backwards. Don't mention elastic bands. Horrible.
Citroen ZX 1.9D - Our first "nice" car. I liked it till all the water disappeared, the head went and cooked the motor. Fail!
Peugeot 205 1.6 Auto. Wifes car - became the family car when the ZX died. Rather quick away from the lights - suprised a few people. Daughter puked on the back seat - it didn't smell the same again. Something the kid was keen to tell the sales chap when we chopped it in for...
Citroen Xsara 1.4 Forte. I drove a similar aged Escort when looking for a replacement for the 205. The Xsara was light years more refined, comfortable & generally a lot better. I think these are underrated. Slill very slow.
Citroen C4 1.4 SX. Sill have this - was brought new in 2005. Now done 100k - will be the sensible car to ferry the now 14 year old daughter, trips to B&Q. commuting etc. Still very slow, but I like it. Fixed centre steering wheel - why didn't Citroen stick with this? I think its what Citroens should do - be a bit different.
Now the GTV - I can't wait...