I have some great memories from that time (I grew up in Australia) my 105 GTV and me ...
Camping in the snowy mountains in winter with a mate, having to start the car in the am to unfreeze the primus stove from the boot liner so we could have breakfast, hitting a large rock that wrapped the LH rear wheel around the rear caliper and took it clean off the mounting lugs, followed by about 6 hours with a small hacksaw cutting the wheel away to get the wheel off, crimping the brake line and returning home (150 miles away) on three brakes, trips to the Bathurst 500, my first speed event (a lap dash for which I forged my father's signature as I was too young to do it without parental consent ... so many memories ... including finding that on a particular (grassy) hill, if I attacked it just right when it was wet and pulled the right amount of lock and timed the handbrake just right and then jump hard on the brakes just right I could get the car to pirouette about the centre with all 4 wheels sliding in unison while I slid all the way back down (about 100 yds) to name just a few of many, many more.
Then there was the fitting of a really ott for the time stereo. My mum still talks about the times she would come home and half the interior was strewn across the drive and front yard.
It was a lovely metallic olive green with a (faux) pigskin interior. sigh ....
Cars are meant to be used. These days I still enjoy driving but its not like it used to be with speed cameras and heavy traffic - so now I stick rigidly to posted limits and I get my fun in less direct ways ... like the beauty of the 156 and Giulia, playing with the tech etc.
I have a picture somewhere of the car in full flight sideways on a dirt road. I'll dig it out, scan it and post it here if anyone is interested (but please no laughing at the late 1970s clothing ... it was 77 OK? ... or I won't post it! (-
So jealous of that 105GTV ownership. Crazy money now for even ropey examples. Maybe the 156 will be there someday?!
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