Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Long Buckby-on-Sea
Future Classic? 166 Pre-Facelift 3.0 Super
I've been sitting outside watching the evening early-June sunlight reflecting of the scalloped flanks of my Rosso pre-facelift 199 Super.
First thought - This car is a genuine future classic. It's rare and non-GM. If I look after it it won't be worth loads, but for those in the know will be well loved and at least worthy of pampering and discussion.
Second thought - As an avid petrol-head I notice a struggle within prestiege manufaturers to bring anything better-looking to the party (Chris 'The Mangle' Bangle' screwing BMW styling - OK he did style the last Fiat Coupe, but I think that looks like a monkfish on a rollerskate) and F1 fuelled design apathy at Benz is equally a turn-off. Audi? 80, A4, A6, Zzzzzzzz....
As a Brit and hving seen last years XF-C concept, I had high-hopes for the Jaguar XF, but the production car's styling is just too crass & fussy. If the 166 is the beautifully understated 'Mona Lisa', the XF is 'The Scream' with sideburns and wearing Dame Edna's glasses while running around with her gob wide open. If there was a bit of Alfa 166 within Jaguar styling then maybe they would truly be able to be proud of their 'Grace with pace' ethic.
Graze e ciao - Crayf.