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Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Buckingham, UK
Well, it's a beautiful car, that's for sure. Really nice to look at. Surprisingly you can source most of the parts easy enough as many are the same or similar to other Alfa's, and other italian cars. (distributer cap from a 308 is a exact fit for half the price!)
I terms of driving, the engine is quite sweet, throaty, and pulls pretty well all the way up. Gearbox is a nice ZF unit with the lever up high next to the wheel and with very short firm throws. Handling if fine, for the era. It's still got a live rear axle, and the suspension is fairly basic by modern standards. The steering is very heavy, even though the wheel is the size of a bus, and it takes alot of turning to negotiate a corner. Brakes are OK, but, well basically, the whole car is a product of it's age. Steering is heavy and slow, brakes are a bit vauge, and the suspension is neither firm nor compliant. The A/C doesn't do much at all, boot is tiny, as are token back seats. You'll need a mechanic familiar with the Spica mechanical injection system, as this can be quite fiddly.
Some things to watch out for are Spica injection condition,exhaust condition, sagged springs (esp. front), working front lamp covers, and I can't remember much else right now.
Don't get me wrong, it's a great car to go out for a cruise in, drive to a show or a sunday through the lanes, But I would go so far as to say it's verging on unpleasent to commute in this car. If you've gotyon used to driving more modern cars, it might be a bit of a shock to drive a 70's beast like this.
Hope it gives some insight.
Six/twelve devils screaming
Alfa History: '78 GTV 2.0, '83 GTV6 2.5, '98 156 Selespeed 2.0, '96 GTV 2.0, '96 GTV 2.0, '05 GT 3.2 V6, '96 146 2.0ti, '99 156 2.4JTD, '01 147 1.6 Lusso.
Current Others: TVR T350 Spider, AM V12 Vantage