166 is a beautiful, and underrated, car... and the V6
That has "Future Classic" written all over it.
I bought a 147, new, in 2002 after a friend insisted I try it - a friend of his had bought one. It wasn't on my list of cars, and if anything the styling put me off a bit, having only seen photos.
One test-drive is all it took to convince me. I was coming from a dreadfully built Mercedes, so I had no illusions about "brand reputation", but the car never let me down in any way. Five years later, I replaced it with another 147 as there really wasn't anything that offered as much enjoyment for the same kind of money..
So far, my eleven years of Alfa ownership has been no real problems but lots of smiles. As it happens, that first 147 is still on the road, going strong: I walked past it, parked on the street, on Wednesday - and yes, I did take a couple of pictures for old times' sake.