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!
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 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..."
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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