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View Poll Results: Which is the better looking car
Alfa 156 Facelift 15 83.33%
Lotus Carton 3 16.67%
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Lotus Carton.

A bit boxy for my tastes.
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Lotus! For reasons mentioned in last round and dare I say it on here the 156 just doesn't do it for me, sorry. (Please don't hate me!)
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Funny thing, but that facelift looks more dated than the original these days.

It's still clearly far better looking than the Carlton though, regardless of how interesting a car the latter might be. It's just a big slab of unstyled metal!
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Funny thing, but that facelift looks more dated than the original these days.

It's still clearly far better looking than the Carlton though, regardless of how interesting a car the latter might be. It's just a big slab of unstyled metal!
I'd disagree on the dating of the 156... I know I'm biased but I just don't find the original that pretty, whereas the Series 2 (aka facelift) looked fresh after 6yrs of ownership.
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I loved my facelift 156 sportswagon. Carlton does absolutely nothing for me.
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The Carlton is a fantastically OTT thing. Dare I say it has almost legendary status among petrolheads but let's be honest, it's no beauty queen. It's a thug. A likeable thug who's trying on a dark suit hoping to look cool but it's not a well cut suit and his knuckles dragging kind of gives it all away.

With a laugh and a tilt of its pretty head the size 10 Alfa dances straight past him on ballet shoes and into the spotlight with a bow.
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I saw a Carlton in Spain recently; not the Lotus one but a normal 2.0. It was a Champagne colour and in excellent condition, which is a miracle for a 25yr Opel - and indeed an even greater miracle for any car of any age in Spain.

Anyway, it struck me as an absolutely rational piece of design. It looked like a lot of thought - if not necessarily style - had gone into it. I wouldn’t want one, but it actually looked rather ‘intelligent’; even against a backdrop of knackered Peugeots, Renaults and a Citroen saloon so breathtakingly ugly I didn’t bother to check k out the model.

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