RE: Alfa Super Giulia: PH Carpool

RE: Alfa Super Giulia: PH Carpool

Monday 30th October 2017

Alfa Super Giulia: PH Carpool

This PHer has found a keeper he can pass on to his son



Name: Gary Stewart
Car: 1973 Alfa 105 Super Guilia 2.0
Owned since: March 2015
Previous cars: Mk1 Escort two-door 1300 sport, Mini 1000, Vauxhall Magnum 2.3, Fiat 127, numerous rep sheds, 145 Cloverleaf, 190e 2.3 Cosworth, MX-5, 911SC, 996 C4S, 997 C2S, Golf GTI & Mk7 R, Cayman 2.7, E92 M3, WRX STi - to name a few!


Why I bought it: "As you can see I've had a fair mix of cars that hopefully get a nod from the bulk of the readers of this section. A couple fell into the 'classic' status (yes I should have kept the SC, but we needed a new bathroom and heating and the better half advised me that I should get it sold). Having seen a rusting 105 at a show along Southend seafront, I was smitten and that was it, my next toy was chosen. Had to be red, right-hand drive and not too nice - Cyprus or South Africa were the ideal places to search, and SCW popped up on that well-known site, 36 miles from my house. Test drive and haggle later we were on our way home."

What I wished I'd known: "How much attention it gets, in a nice way - every drive without fail gets a wave, drive-by photo or questions at the petrol station. Changing the look with a fast road kit has made parking so heavy, I really have to think about getting boxed in when parking on a street. The match of a 2.0 with a 1.6 differential gives it great performance (relative) but 65 mph+ cruising is a little buzzy on the ears."


Things I love: "In my view, it is a cool car, and I have only seen one other on the road in nearly three years, and that was in Monaco! The sound of an Alfa Twincam, that rasp is music, the overrun, backfires and general noises you only get from a twin carb setup. Once warm the gearbox is great, long lever yes, but it has that same mechanical feel as my 2016 STI, you actually want to change for a corner just for the action. I have a run from Southend to Colchester through A & B roads, it is perfect, you can't go fast but the Alfa just rolls the bends into one, hour-long experience of what driving should be like - engaging."

Things I hate: "The doors are a bugger to close since we replaced the rubber seals and the cabin gets very warm. The petrol filler and locking fuel cap is designed for Houdini, I have scratched 2 good watches whilst trying to twist wrist and hand whilst bent double at the pumps, not a good look. Sorry, what headlights! Nothing to hate, just saying..."


Costs: "I am trying to make this a keeper, my son loves it and says it is his car for the future. Cheap as chips to maintain, loads of good specialists that stock everything. We have done all the fluids, switched to electronic ignition, new clutch, fast road kit with Eibach and Konis plus period GTA wheels. Rear seat repair where the African sun had dried the leather and a colour dye set for the seats just about covers it. It seems to sniff fuel and hasn't needed a drop of oil since the change, light on brakes and tyres so is a 'budget' classic to enjoy."

Where I've been: "Mostly runs around Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk, there are some great roads locally that suit the car fine. A few runs up to London and whilst I was in-between everyday cars, a round trip to Cheltenham and Northamptonshire. Never missed a beat, the only issue was the slow wipers that meant a drive in the rain was interesting, so a new motor and now it is an all-weather car. I think a change of diff would open up some longer drives, though again the motorway is not its ideal home so maybe I'll just keep to the back roads."

What's next: "I'd love to have the money to drop it off at Alfaholics, and spec it out as a daily driver with loads of their mods, but (a) don't have the money and (b) it just wouldn't be the treat it is now to just go for a blast. So, have a Pipercross to go on, will replace the threadbare carpets and add some new sound-deadening to just make the ride that little bit more relaxing - hopefully enough to convince myself a run to Le Mans makes sense! Still, can't decide whether the bumpers should remain on or off - they do look good off and give it a clean finish to the lines, but it is pretty standard and that chrome does shine - what do the readers think?"


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Discussion

Roy m

Original Poster:

38 posts

141 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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Lovely car - very envious. Leave the bumpers on!

sinbaddio

1,036 posts

104 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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Very, very cool.

Peppka

62 posts

118 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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Agree keep the bumpers. Just finished my boat tail 1600 Spider more involving to drive than my V6 GT more fun at lower speeds.

jaisharma

255 posts

111 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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I thought this would be about the new Giulia
This is much much better😀

Enricogto

563 posts

73 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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Can we please rectify in the article the fact that the car is called Giulia Super, not the other way around? smile
Otherwise, lovely car!
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Fetthobler

24 posts

16 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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Love your car! Mine is exactly the same.

I bought a Super Giulia 2.0 last July, when I was on holidays in Germany. My girlfriend bought a Lovely Planet Book 'Italian Roadtrips'. I thought, that we need a proper car for this trip.
Same day I was looking at mobile.de, there was this yellow Giulia in Stuttgart, at a private Alfa Enthusiast. I bought a Junior almost two times some years back, but I never had enough space inside.
I went there and bought it. I was driving it for the whole holiday, two weeks, all the way to Austria. I fell in love.

Two weeks back I was in Germany on a friends wedding, because I showed up in this car, it became the wedding car. I never had that positive feedback on a car before.

Now its parked in a shed and waiting for me to return next summer to give it a go.

The fuel consumption was 7l/100km.

Robert


Black S2K

660 posts

177 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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What a lovely car. Leave it as standard-looking as possible!

Would moving the striker plates out a couple of mm help with the door closing, or is it one of those where you have to leave the quarterlight open to relieve the air pressure? I seem to remember an old 124 SpecialT being a bit like that!

EddyBee

113 posts

96 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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Stunning car.
Another vote to keep the bumpers.

Can you make a video when you put the next exhaust on. Would love to hear it!

PistonBroker

1,409 posts

154 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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Lovely.

I see one of these regularly going the other way when I'm headed towards Wellington from Taunton. In fact, I figured this piece would be about that car, but clearly there are more being used regularly. Good stuff!


Unexpected Item In The Bagging Area

5,666 posts

117 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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What a lovely car, I'm not surprised your son wants to inherit it. It made me think of the police cars in The Italian Job


MajorMantra

636 posts

40 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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Lovely thing, nice one.

Yipper

5,964 posts

18 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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Think the "Alfa petrolhead" thing is mostly nonsense, and not a fan of classic cars, but that is a cool little thing.

QuantumTokoloshi

3,737 posts

145 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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Fond memories of those, had several in our family, including a Rallye edition. The twin cam engine and sidedraught carbs has a wonderful distinctive sound, instantly recognisable. Yours does look a lot of fun, only a little envious. wink

FN2TypeR

4,986 posts

21 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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Oh my, that is lovely cloud9


LFB531

931 posts

86 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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Just so properly cool!

Bought one back in the late 90's to try my hand at historic rallying.



Was great fun right up to the moment I hit something rather hard in Wales!



Sadly put the whole nearside out of kilter and that was the end of that.

It still lives (not with me) albeit as parts now donated across a number of other cars.

jwwbowe

75 posts

100 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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Lovely! Great that it is used properly to. Take the chrome off, it will look great, you can always store it if you want to put it back to standard.

crostonian

2,427 posts

100 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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LFB531 said:
Just so properly cool!

Bought one back in the late 90's to try my hand at historic rallying.



Was great fun right up to the moment I hit something rather hard in Wales!



Sadly put the whole nearside out of kilter and that was the end of that.

It still lives (not with me) albeit as parts now donated across a number of other cars.
Bloody hell that's my old car!! Remember reading about your exploits in the AROC magazine, a sad end but at least it kept a few others on the road

Garystewartdms

2 posts

6 months

Monday 30th October 2017
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Thanks for the comments on the car, seems like bumpers on is the winner. Thanks also for tips on doors closing I'll give it a try.

Rob175kks

164 posts

80 months

Tuesday 31st October 2017
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Amazing car, I've wanted one of these for years. The driving experience is what really sells it to me.

As a side note, what an amazing selection of cars you've owned, some properly legendary stuff, great work!!

LFB531

931 posts

86 months

Tuesday 31st October 2017
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crostonian said:
Bloody hell that's my old car!! Remember reading about your exploits in the AROC magazine, a sad end but at least it kept a few others on the road
Small world! I collected if from Preston area I think, was that you? Drove it back to Bath on a dark December night with no heater, the cable had detached and it was too dark for me to see/fix it, blimey it was cold in there! I discovered on the first fill-up that the filler neck to tank joint had gone porous so needed to keep the window open as well just to add to the misery smile

Great little car though, I had to convert it to a single twin choke Solex to make it eligible for some of the events I was doing which taught me to read the regs in future! Swapped the engine for a rebuilt 1570 and fitted a Harvey Bailey/Koni kit plus an LSD. It had an appetite for brake master cylinders from memory but it never let me down and I was heartbroken when I bashed it.

After that I converted to Volvo on the basis that if I hit something else, I'd possibly come off better! smile