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Back in the late 70's I was going to watch 3rd division Brighton and Hove Albion play a game at 1st division West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup. It was a foul rainy day with an evening kick off and my rather knackered MGB decided not to start so a female housemate, who is now my wife, offered to lend me her really ugly looking Lada type car. Beggar's cannot be choosers so I happily accepted the keys and set off on one of the most suprising fun drives I've ever had. The car was a 1.6 Guilia ti and by the time I got back to Brighton from Birmingham I was a convert. What a fabulous revving little car and I've grown to love the ugliness and look with misty eyes when I see them advertised for around 10k now. This car that sold me on Alfas bit the dust a couple of years later from serious tin worm.

For those who may be interested the southern based Albion won 2-0 with both goals from Peter Ward and Willie Johnstone got sent off for West Brom for running the length of the pitch and trying to kick the ref.

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I drove a 147Ducati when I had owned my Audi A3 for 2 yrs from new and it was so communicative to drive I had to change way before time and at great loss!
The 147 was like comparing a salad to junk food.
 

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first alfa i drove was my GTA and it blew me away I love everything about it!
I first became really interested in alfas with the long debates with my old physics teacher he used to own a 156 2.4jtd which he loved and was telling me about the GTAs it got me on the internet and lusting after one badly but now just have to keep looking for excuses to keep driving it lol
 

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'T' plate 'Sud, no handbrake, etc, etc. Total shed, really regret not buying it. Then an 'S' plate GTV, 4 bits on it worked, end of. 90mph uphill from a standing start, swine on the twisty stuff. Got dragged to a scrappy. Then a 'W' plate GTV, same story.

156V6, everything broke.

Would I buy anything else?







Nope!!
 

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My first love was a Proteo Red GTV twinny, from carcrapt :rolleyes:

I was sold when I pulled up after the test drive and saw my reflection in the showroom window, behind the wheel of an Alfa GTV :inlove:

She was a dog :cry: but I'll never forget the day's driving round Durdle door in Dorset with that twinny revving :inlove:

Me and my first Alfa on that holiday:D

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147 2.0. Yeah sold me straight away.

But my first love was the GTA on top gear, and I did say that I would own one eventually.

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A 146 for me was the first drive of an Alfa. And I've driven everything inbetween and to be honest nothing this side of a big engined beemer comes close.
 
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My first Alfa was a GTV 3.0 that I bought nearly 8 years ago. I wanted a replacement for my 406 Coupe 3.0, and I knew whatever I bought that I 'needed' a V6 again. I also wanted something that looked as good as the 406.....so a GTV was the natural choice. Considering that it only had 20 bhp more than my Pug, I was very impressed with it's pace when I got it.
Back then I only used to keep my cars for a year or less, then I'd get bored, or find fault, and move on. I found that the GTV was feeling a little dated cabin wise....instruments, switchgear etc, and it wasn't the most comfortable car I'd driven (especiay after my 406). Therefore it was time for a change, but I knew that I wanted another Alfa. I couldn't afford a GTA at the time, but I liked the 147, so I went for a 2.0 Lusso 3 dr....the next best thing to a GTA IMO. I ran the car for 18 months before finally giving into the ever present lure of another V6. Alas, a GTA was on my radar.....I wanted a red one with black leather (luckily a pretty common combination) and found one pretty quickly. I'll have owned my GTA for 5 years in February.....the longest I've owned any car other than my much loved 205 GTI (I'll always regret selling that)and there really is nothing that I would swap her for all bar a 3200....and that won't be happening any time soon:lol:
 

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Had never driven one before, or been a passenger in one even, until my mate gave me a lift in his 156 SW 2.4. One month later I was the owner of a 156 GTA SW. I was thinking of a change, and this just fitted the bill. Even before I had test driven the GTA I knew it was going to be mine...

That was 3 years ago and still very much in love.
 

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First drive was a 146 2.0 Ti (P reg). It was an awesome engine and looked great. Had to be mine. That was circa 15 years ago and never looked back from Alfas.
 

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First was my mum's Sprint Veloce (on private ground, I was 12!!!) and yes when I passed my test there was only one make of car I was going to buy. Since then, apart from some financial induced breaks, it's been Alfas all the way.
 
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1989, 18 years old - Dads blue 164 3.0. It overlapped with a new Saab 9000 Turbo before it had to go so I got to drive to school in it and use it instead if my y reg Nissan Cherry for a little while :)
 

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My mother's Giulia 1300ti - '68 model, Ladaesque like MUZ's Giulia 1600 and revved like a Singer sewing machine. Resulted in the purchase of my first Alfa a '79 Giulietta 1.8 - a much underrated model.
 

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A 1996 TS 155 that was for sale in 1997. One owner, the FIAT/ALFA garage selling it. Unfortunetly it was white and had a tow bar. Went out and purchased a black 1995 (Mk 1), 1.8 TS a couple fo weeks later from another garage. An absolute hoot of a car to drive! Brought many's a smile to my face (and one or two, but only one or two, brown trouser moments).

Have since moved up to a 166.

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The first Alfa I drove was a Giulietta in 1993. I only had to reverse it off the drive and onto the road. That was my first experience of the 'unique' gear selection of the transaxle cars :)

However I cannot remember the first Alfa I drove properly. It was either a 155 V6 (wide body), which was a scream, or a 145 2.0 Cloverleaf, which was terrific fun and an absolute hooligan of a car. If cars were mates, the 145 Cloverleaf would be the mate that always hosts the most outrageous and memorable parties. :)

Even before I had driven my first Alfa, I was going to have a GTV6 anyway; I'd wanted one since the first time I saw one. To drive it was as good (and as flawed as expected), so there weren't that many surprises when I drove one for the first time; although the throttle response had to be experienced to be believed, and the chassis was far more throttle friendly than I expected.

Worst Alfa driven? Before I name it, I should say it wasn't bad, just a bit under-whelming. It lacked the sense of devilment, and the 'we're in this together' cheeky complicity that you get when a good Alfa gets under your skin, and every drive feels like a mission. It was a boxer-engined 146, possibly a 1.4? It just felt a bit...so what. Maybe it was a bad example in so-so health?
 

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First one driven was in 1978, a early 1970s 1600 GT Junior. My mate got ****ed every Saturday night and I used to stay sober(ish) just to drive that stunning car home.
We used to enter amateur rally and p155 on the Escort RSs and Mexicos. (He was a good driver!)
The first one I owned was a 1981 2.0 GTV (with the GTV letters on the "C" pillar.)
Since then have had, Sud, 33, 75, 1984 Giulietta, 156 and 159. I still have under restoration (one day) a 1983 GTV.
 
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