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Long time Alfa man...


Though not currently an Alfa owner, I have had four:

Growing up reading 'Car' in the '70s, I had a long-time fascination with the 'Sud. My first Alfa in 1981 was an 1186 ti. I ran it a few years and we had great fun. It eventually became a rallycross car by a neighbour and was briefly successful at Lydden Hill in the then 'Standard Production Class'.

I had a long break until 1993 before realising it was my last chance to buy a real RWD Alfa: It was a lovely black 75 3.0 V6, 1988, with an engine recently built by Bob Dove. I got the specially valved Bilsteins by Rhoddy Harvey-Bailey (they were great in ride and handling), plus his spring and anti-roll bars which I never got as far as fitting...
... because the car got rear-ended and totalled by a Chrysler Alpine at Tarbes, France.
I still have most of the parts for this car including the engine, suspension, panels etc.

As there appeared no more 75s about, I got a 164 3.0. It was lovely but too big and FWD, so not for me. My brother always liked it and bought it after spotting a red 75 3.0 Green Cloverleaf, 1991, which I bought. It had Konis so the Bilsteins stayed in my garage. Happiness was short lived as it in turn had a poor girl in a Fiat Strada shoved into its back on the A3 at Tollworth and it too was totalled.

By then, tidy 75s were getting hard to find and so were RWD cars not BMW or Mercedes. I got a Legacy Turbo before the boys got into Imprezas and began my long break from Alfas.
Perhaps there will be a new model for me soon?


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Thanks to all for the typical Alfa welcome.

(I got all nostalgic about Alfas again tidying my garage, dragging my 3.0 litre engine to its new space, looking in the drawer full of special Alfa tools, the box of service parts I always kept in stock, spare lamps...)
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