Here's my story: I had been looking to buy a 156 SS for God knows how long but didn't have the opportunity till now. You know, underdeveloped country, high prices for even used cars, new family... In the meantime, I've done a lot of reading on AlfaOwner, so I might know some of you by name.
My significant other didn't drive until recently. A few months ago we received the happy news: A new member to the family! Since wifey is now an expectant mother, and taking advantage of the relaxed traffic in summer where we live, she started driving our beloved workhorse. Now my plans had to be changed; we needed a Laguna II for her safety, then I could get my Alfa next year.
That's when she said "I got used to this car, so when autumn comes and the traffic becomes the hell it normally is, I'll feel safer in this one for a few months". After that, the baby comes and she won't drive for another 4 months.
A silent moment of joy (while my lips said "no problem, we'll do as you wish")! Now I could have my first Alfa! Hooray!
What I'm primarily after is Selespeed in Walter da Silva's art combined with some tech like VDC, dual zone AC etc. That means a 156 Mk1.5; which is only model year 2003 here. Will be tough to find one in good shape but hey, I don't need a car, I want
a 156, so I can wait until hell freezes over! Err... No, not that long, please.
Second choice: Selespeed in Sportwagon. Even more rare in Turkey; maybe one or two in Mk1.5 disguise, and then probably impossible other than my not-so-favorite color that is grey. I'll have questions about this one.
What if I can't find one of those in good shape? Will settle for a good deal on a Mk2. :/ No problem with the car itself; just personal preferences on aesthetics.
Anyway, keep your fingers crossed for me so I can join you with a Bella
in red. And I hope you accept me in the club.