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The other car(s) vs. the Alfa.

I drove my Corrado G-60 today for the first time in 2.5 months. For those past 2.5 months I've only driven the GTA.

What a blast that old Karmann is! After the smooth GTA, rediscovering the Corrado was extremely fun - It's a big go cart It's has tweaked suspension and some extra horses, but even in standard form I think the overall feeling would be the similar. I have to admit the actual act of driving of the Corrado felt more involved and fun than the GTA with my hair standing on end. But of course it has none of the luxury and flair, and it's tiring to drive in comparison with the GTA. The Corrado is adrenalin and the GTA is serotonin.

Both of these are stayers. I can't se myself ever selling cars again - aftfer all, I wouldn't want a car that I dont' want to keep It's so nice to have cars that complement each other, providing a wide palette of driving experiences (I also have a lovely vintage Massey Ferguson and a Jonsered garden tractor to add to that, but they're not for the road... ). I think I need a much older car next, perhaps some kind of English sports car.

So does any of my fellow Alfisti here have (or want) another cherished enthusiast car on the side, and how do you think it compares to your Alfa? Or can it be Alfa only and forever?

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I would never pin my colours to the mast of a single marque the rest of my driving life.

Put simply there are too many good cars out there, from too many good manufacturers, to limit myself to any single one of them.

My Alfa serves it's purpose, it's a four door family car that looks and sounds good, and has half decent performance. It does exactly what I ask of it.
When the little 'un is grown up enough that I don't have to ferry her about (a long time away, she's only 5 months at the mo ) then I'll go back to performance coupe's and sports cars, but until then, saloons it is.

My only requirements are that it looks nice, sounds good and stands out from the crowd
 
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I can't see me ever getting anything other than Italian as a main car. The Lotus Esprit would be in my classic garage, as would be a Mk2 Escort RS2000
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drove dubs for 12 years and really miss my g60 EVEN though it was always broken in some way or other. a lot more than my gtv......so far lol
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I have another passion other than italian cars, i own a rather modified MK1 Escort. Totally different ball game comapred to the 166, but much more fun, tail out at any given oppurtuinty, very quick to about 100mph (short gears and diff) and a real head turner for the right reasons.

Will never give up the mk1, don't drive it that often but when i do i get the biggest smile on my face for a few hours!
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If i sell the GTV i would love a Lotus Exige I have never driven one but i know i want one.
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Re: The other car(s) vs. the Alfa.

I used to own a Mini Cooper Sportspack 1.3MPi 1998 and an Alfa Romeo 156 2.0TS Selespeed 2001.

Only slightly different

Actually worlds apart. My 156 is a smoother, faster, safer, bigger, more expensive (in all respects apart from price got it for 1500) where as my Mini was nippy, better handling, bumpier, more dangerous.

Both were worlds apart to drive but delivered the same enjoyment factor of driving.

Alas it couldn't last long, someone set one half of my driving world on fire so I now only have my Alfa although my Alfa is best suited for me now so at least it was safe.
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Re: The other car(s) vs. the Alfa.

interesting this, because although I don't another car at the moment, I am test driving a new Renault Clio 197 Cup this Sunday coming.

Although the GTA is very quick, I am looking at something which has more driving purity, for want of a better expression. Went to the nurburgring last september with some mates and was impressed with the handling of their cars, on a stripped out 205 GTi with roll cage.

so like the corrado with you, am l considering some different angle of driving appeal to get my kicks.
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Well my dad and I have a Jaguar E-Type V12 convertible which we each take out to play from time to time. It's not a practical car (believe it or not the Brera is practical!!) but it is lovely to take it out for a drive or a picnic.

The Jag's dynamic performance and comfort does not compare to the Brera, but the looks are fantastic and the V12 has plenty of acceleration! Moreover you really feel like you are doing something special, sitting in and maintaining a living piece of British history.
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My other motoring passion is my 'bitsa' 1971 911T, I put in a carrera 3.0 motor, magnesium cased 72 gearbox, early (less restrictive) exhaust, lighter interior items, its currently undergoing some resto as i drove the hell out of it in all weather. As much as I love driving the alfa on a day to day basis sitting behind the wheel of the other car can only be described as an event its estimated at about 210-215hp but weighs hardly anything and the sound of that air-cooled flat 6 wailing in delight at 6500 rpm is something else. If anyone's ever driven a pre 74 911 you'll know just how addictive they can be. it still is to me 'driving in its purest form'.

now... thats not to take anything away from the gtv...its a mini 911 experience for me on a day to day basis, it makes all the right noises, decent performance and goes around corners, but is a lot more refined, like driving in luxury infact compared.....and it makes me smile every day and has really got under my skin... shame its not rwd
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Just love your Avatar pic DG, imagine seeing a 917 in your rear view mirror, even NOW it would be alarming, in 1970 it must have seemed like a spaceship had appeared
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haha thanks Mitch.. it would be a sight to behold
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Re: The other car(s) vs. the Alfa.

Right - I see that some owners of modern (not so lightweight...) Alfas like to keep a nippy little fun driver on the side. And of course this detracts nothing form the Alfas appeal. It's all perfectly understandable

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interesting this, because although I don't another car at the moment, I am test driving a new Renault Clio 197 Cup this Sunday coming.

Although the GTA is very quick, I am looking at something which has more driving purity, for want of a better expression. Went to the nurburgring last september with some mates and was impressed with the handling of their cars, on a stripped out 205 GTi with roll cage.

so like the corrado with you, am l considering some different angle of driving appeal to get my kicks.
Green Serpant, would you be Richard by any chance, living in the west midlands??
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