I would like to fulfil an ambition held since as a child I thought the Giulietta Sprint (Ava Gardner drove one in 'The Barefoot Contessa') was the most beautiful car in the world. After years of playing safe with Renault, Modeo, Vauxhall, Focus I am yearning to indulge my passion with a blood red 156. I want to embrace the whole biscione, quadrifoglio, cuore sportivo thing. I just have lingering doubts over reliability - There are just one too many Alfa horror stories on every motoring website! Would welcome encouragement and feedback - Especially views of my prospective local dealer (Perry's Portsmouth).