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Is it an Italy thing?

Some call their Alfas Bella, some attempt to introduce themselves in Italian etc.
Are you enthusiastic about your Alfas just because they are Italian? or because of their design? Would you be equally enthusiastic if they came from Germany, France, Senegal etc?
 
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Some call their Alfas Bella, some attempt to introduce themselves in Italian etc.
Are you enthusiastic about your Alfas just because they are Italian? or because of their design? Would you be equally enthusiastic if they came from Germany, France, Senegal etc?
Of course, inevitably it's 'an Italy thing', as the design and characteristics of the cars are in some way intrinsically Italian.
If they came from a different country they would be........ ......different.

It's not 'just' because they're Italian, it's because they're great cars in a very Italian way
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Some call their Alfas Bella, some attempt to introduce themselves in Italian etc.
Are you enthusiastic about your Alfas just because they are Italian? or because of their design? Would you be equally enthusiastic if they came from Germany, France, Senegal etc?
I have driven only French and Italian cars and I do love them for being French and Italian . More or less - for a family car I'd go French, for the driver's car I'd go Italian.
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Because they are Italian and because of their design. Italian cars are designed, German ones are engineered. Look at the Cayman vs the 4C and you have the differences in a nutshell to me. French ones are just nuts, bit like the French. Mind you, there are elements of the E30 series Beemer that I think are really classic, as with the 635 CSL. But inside they do feel drab compared to Alfas.
 
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Italy has the highest ratio of manual to automatic cars in Europe. Germany has the lowest.

I want an Italian car, not a German car.
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I just happen to like the cars I have. Funny that most are Italian and that recently when I go on holiday it is always Italy. We eat quite a bit of Italian food too.

Yes maybe then
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I generally find I like Italian things, but I'm sure that followed on from loving Alfas first.
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I generally find I like Italian things, but I'm sure that followed on from loving Alfas first.
I think I may well feel similar. It was the cars first although I've always liked pasta.
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An interest in Alfas led to discovering and developing an apreciation
for Italy and its culture. These days I am more interested in the country
and its culture than I am in cars.



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An interest in Alfas led to discovering and developing an apreciation
for Italy and its culture. These days I am more interested in the country
and its culture than I am in cars.
In cars (as you typed) or In Italian cars?
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I've got an Italian heritage so its hard to tell whether I like Italy because of Alfa or Alfa because I'm half Italian. Certainly don't remember many Alfas in Italy in my youth... lots of 500s and 126s though.

There's a specialist Italian shop in Auckland called Sabato which I sometimes visit for speciality items, the car park usually has a high proportion of Alfas whenever I go...
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I generally find I like Italian things, but I'm sure that followed on from loving Alfas first.
+1

My wife is Italian (and, spookily enough, her father worked for Alfa in South Africa back in the day). Mind you I was an Alfa lover/owner before I met my wife!
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Guess i was stuffed from day one.

Have an Italian dad who worked for/with Ferrari and Alfa for his working years, many of whose products passed through his hands, which put pasta on my mum's carefully-presented dinner table. Holidays to southern italy each year to see family. Sometimes going there in an Alfetta (plus a Porsche 911 and a Merc, in off-Alfa years)

Alfa...it's like the automotive pet. There's barely a family pic without an Alfa lurking in the background, or an orange Alfa 'ricambi' box lying around somewhere.

I don't own an Alfa anymore, but I still willingly clock them on the road, and i'm still keen to read about them in the news, or ask my Alfa-owning friends 'hey, how is the Alfa?'

is it an an Italian thing? Dunno. From my perspective, it is hard to be objective. Alfa is part and parcel of the Italian part of my past and present. And i'm very grateful for it, warts and all.

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Then it doesn't seem so far from me to you.

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Do you think you'll own an Alfa again at some point, g?
 
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Do you think you'll own an Alfa again at some point, g?
i hope so, Max.

sometimes, you don't need to be near the radiator to still feel its warmth.

until such a time Alfa makes a car I totally want/can afford, the heat from the distant radiator will keep me warm and ticking over
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