Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Sydney, Australia
Built a Sud 15 years ago, working on a comeback
I stumbled across this forum while doing a bit of homework on the 147. I built a Sud in the early 90's from 3 donors (one was a rally car with Koni suspension) and it was the best handling car I have ever driven. I got my hands dirty a lot in those days but the rewards were tremendous. Eventually, the tin-worm ate it and I sold it for a carton of beer and went travelling overseas in '97. I got about 4-5 good years out of that car and it was very-much worn out by the time I exchanged it for the amber nectar. It was a fair trade. Ah, my first Italian ... sorry, I digress.
These days I'm driving a '94 Holden Calais (in Australia) [sorry] which handles only slightly better than most of the yachts I sail (in a gale). It is giving me ever-increasing reasons to sell it (or prang it) and I've had my eye on the 147 for quite some time. Aaah, those Italians ... sorry, I digress.
So, I shall be lurking here until such time that the slush fund grows, or a spotless Mosman X5/Cayenne/Lexass (Mosman in Sydney has the highest concentration of 4WDs in Australia but no dirt roads - look it up on Google maps & you'll see why) fails to give way, due either to the disappointingly-common (for the area) lack of driving skills or a lapse in courtesy caused socio-economic assessment of the pecking order of my current vehicle. Frankly, I don't care about their motivation as long as they damage a lot of panels.
If you're on the North Shore in Sydney, stay away from the green Calais! If you're driving said X5/Cayenne/Lexass - you had it coming.
Viva Alfa !