Hi folks, I bought my first Alfa Romeo yesterday and am loving it very much.
I needed something that would be fairly cheap to run yet still be fun to drive. I'd never considered an Alfa before, as my last few cars have been German and i'd got used to the build and reliability of those cars, although they were a tad numb at times.
Whilst at an Alfa owning friend's house, he decided to see what was on offer from the garage he swears by, Alfarama. There was a 145 that looked good and it was quite appealing so we decided to go have a look the next morning.
When we got there it turned out that the car had already been sold, but they did have an old 33 outside that was for sale. I wasn't interested in the car at all really, mainly because it was white which is my least favourite colour of car
But then the owner started to show me some of the history of the car, and it became obvious that it had been looked after very very well and there was a whole host of reciepts for parts and work carried out. It had over £4k spent on it in the last 2 years, on things like new shocks & springs, cambelt, headgasket, track rods, radiator, heater matrix, rusty filler neck sorted, water pump, thermostat, and a load of other bits.
After seeing all that history I decided to take the car for a quick spin. It started up first time and settled nicely. I was very surprised by the noise it made, the boxer engine sounded great. After a short journey during which the car felt taut, agile, and really light. We got back to the garage and I started contemplating buying this car ! I had no interest in this thing initially, and it was white
It was up for £1k, and I think that if it was red or black, I would have driven it home that day. But I decided to sleep on it and try to do some research on the car, and get an insurance quote.
Two days later I decided that I should not be put off by the colour of a car if it has such good history/evidence of work carried out, so I rang the guy up and said i'll take it. I wasn't able to pick it up till the weekend, but he asked me where I lived and it just happened that his son worked a few miles down the road from me and could give me a lift to get the car that evening!
I met up with the blokes son and proceeded to Alfarama in his 147 which was very nice. During the journey we talked about Alfa's a lot, and it turns out that the car I was buying had belonged to his cousin who had intended to keep it for a while, hence all the work that was carried out. He told me about a lot of the car's history whilst it had been with his cousin, who had bought the car two years ago. It was mechanically shagged when he bought it, but the body work was in very good condition. It turns out the guy who was driving me actually had a hand in a lot of the work carried out on the car and was going through specifics, and giving tips and info. Quality
We get there after an hour to find the car's levels being checked and it getting a quick hoover. Ramesh insisted on putting the car on the ramps and showing me the underside, indicating the places that normally rot but on this example seem fine. The whole exhaust was new and there was no rot anywhere. I thought all old Alfa's rot away
So, £1k was changed hands and I became the owner of a white '91 33 1.7 ie 8v, my first Alfa, which i'm still getting used to but am loving already