Thanks again to scrgdk and to spiderserie4 your comments are also noted. However, found that pumping the accelerator pedal caused problems so as a result do not touch it at all and now the engine starts at the first turn. Guess all these Italian beauties respond to a variety of touches and it just takes time and patience to find out which brings the best response.
Couldn't have said it better myself!
Funny story, I was struggling to get my 116 to start and it would take AGES to take. Eventually a friend of mine was stuck without a ride for a holiday and needed a car, I offered my GTV and he 1st refused, but in the end he couldn't et another car, not even a rental due to it being December and all. He got in the car, pumped the gas 3 times and she swung and took 1st time
boy did I have egg on my face...
Needless to say said friend took 2 extra days to return the car as he "didn't want to"
he is currently looking for a 116 or 916 as we speak