My Alfa potted history
I've always admired Alfas from my teenage years in the 1960s when they were still quite rare in the UK and in those days more technically advanced than most British sports cars (e.g. MGB and Triumph TR4 which I also owned in early '70s) but also more expensive. I bought my first Alfa, a 1.6 GT Junior in 1975 and enjoyed it for a few years but unfortunately it got shunted and badly damaged and at the same time had engine problems so sold it in 1978.
Then in 1980 I bought a 1750 Spider Veloce (1968 round-tail) which I still have to this day. It's always been a great car and in the 1980's we took it on several holiday trips to France, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. Unfortunately it also got shunted in the rear in France in '88 which proved very expensive but this time I decided it was worth repairing (even though an economic right-off under my Agreed Value insurance). It was back on the road again in mid-'89 and has been ever since but only driven in the UK.
In 1991 I bought an Alfa 33 for every day use and found it to be a great car to drive with strong 1.6 boxer engine and excellent handling but typical Italian driving position which could be tiresome on long journeys. In 1995 I swapped it for a 164 with 3.0 l V6 engine. I enjoyed this even more - loads of power, good handling and very comfortable, so I kept it for 10 years by which time it was still good but costing rather too much too maintain.
I'm afraid I wouldn'y buy another Alfa as an everyday car but I still enjoy my Spider which I use for local classic car events and trips to Siverstone, Goodwood etc.