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The best thing about owning an Alfa is...

As I eagerly await the weekend so I can collect my first Alfa - a very cheap 92k 159 2.4 - I wondered what the best thing is about owning one. My main cars previously have been enthusiasts cars; a couple of classic minis and mx-5s, so I was wondering what makes everyone appreciate their Alfa? If you HAD to choose one thing what would it be?
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Looking back at it when you park it up, or admiring from a distance as you walk up to it thinking how damn good they look,
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I can see that being a problem as I keep looking at the picture of mine.
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Just one thing! I don't know if I can quantify it in just one thing? Discovering that all the "unreliable rust bucket" stuff is a load of rubbish, but then there's that badge, or is it the interior? Or how people will approach you to talk about your car......
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Owning the best looking car in its class, Owning the best looking car in its class, Owning the best looking car in its class, Owning the best looking car in its class.

I had one go for each Alfa Romeo I own, thats OK isnt it?
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It's the aura. My facelift 156 had the aura of a car that wanted to be driven quickly. The controls were light and responsive, the engine revved eagerly, and it looked as though it was meant to hurry along.

Most Alfas have that aura.
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I think the look of them is definitely one of the main things - has there ever been an ugly Alfa?
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Yep.
Before the 156 there were plenty of more functional looking berlinas.
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I think the look of them is definitely one of the main things - has there ever been an ugly Alfa?
The Alfa Romeo Arna! That car has looks only a mother could love.
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That wasn't really an Alfa though. The Alfa 6 was and that was hardly pretty.
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I know it was essentially a rebadged micra but it's still a bloody ugly car with an alfa badge on it.
The alfa 6 reminds me a bit of the Maserati bi turbo a bit.
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It was a Cherry wasn't it?
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The N12 apparently.
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The Alfa Romeo Arna! That car has looks only a mother could love.
The Arna is definitely an acquired taste...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/imag...pg?imwidth=450
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I know it was essentially a rebadged micra but it's still a bloody ugly car with an alfa badge on it.
The alfa 6 reminds me a bit of the Maserati bi turbo a bit.
The 6 is awful too! https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...x-Alfa_Six.JPG

When did Alfas start looking stylish then? I do like the look of the 145...
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Since time and memorial, theyve just had a few that got hit with the ugly stick, have a look at a gt junior ( would love one of those) or the giullietta spyder or even the Giulia tz, even earlier the 6c mille miglia spyder. They do say the 80's is the decade taste forgot but my very first car was an alfasud 1.5 in black on a y reg (1981?) which was 17 years old when I got it, that was a lovely looking car.
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The 145 was a Fiat Tipo derivative by Chris Bangle of Fiat, later to be of BMW.
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I think the reason I like the 159 so much is because of having a toy of an SZ as a kid. The front end looked awesome and there are some hints of it on the front of the 159.

Maybe I should paint the roof and pillars of my 159 in black...
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I think the reason I like the 159 so much is because of having a toy of an SZ as a kid. The front end looked awesome and there are some hints of it on the front of the 159.

Maybe I should paint the roof and pillars of my 159 in black...
https://images.honestjohn.co.uk/imag...20SZ%20(1).jpg
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The sz looks like the love child of a 159 and a gt. Great looking car, it's a shame alfa didn't do more along those lines. I've often wondered why alfa just stop with their models and don't just update them, I have never seen the benefit of just stopping making the 159 and not replacing it for so long, the gt should never have been made side by side with the Brera and either one could have been updated instead of just stopping and losing models from the alfa line up.
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I wonder if it's simply supply and demand. After all competitors have brought out updated cars, why opt for the older gen 159? They were focusing on their hatches and weren't able to get their saloon sorted so pulled it.
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That's the problem. Everybody else updates their cars every 3 years so the user choser reorders the new one (3series, A4)
Alfa, not so clever
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That's the problem. Everybody else updates their cars every 3 years so the user choser reorders the new one (3series, A4)
Alfa, not so clever
I'm not sure about not so clever would we want an 8th generation alfa 33
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That would be an A3 , which had been renewed on a constant cycle. The 147 got to 10 years old so a £1000 banger didn't look that different to a new £20000 Ducati Corse. Then the Giuiietta started from nowhere.
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Dont be to hard on the Alfa 6, it was a design of the times, be careful you dont judge down a design when comparing it to current designs, or even with the best of the past.

Flared trousers and platform shoes were once cool, honest (if you are too young to remember them!)
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Dont be to hard on the Alfa 6, it was a design of the times, be careful you dont judge down a design when comparing it to current designs, or even with the best of the past.

Flared trousers and platform shoes were once cool, honest (if you are too young to remember them!)
I completely understand what you mean, but surely all classics are judged on how nice they still look even today? There are plenty of other cars from the 80s that have aged better! Don't get me wrong, I appreciated a 'design of the age' as much as the next person. And I'm sure in the 80s people would have parked up and looked back and admired their 6 too.
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