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Paul Pless
08-17-2008, 05:35 PM
Beauty... Past and Present!!!


http://lh5.ggpht.com/_NCTKUEHu-jQ/RznpncV2rhI/AAAAAAAAAJ8/DUTQlGammKc/Alfa+Romeo+8C+2900+B+Touring+Coupe.jpg


http://images.leftlanenews.com/content/4-jul13-alfa.jpg

Paul Girouard
08-17-2008, 05:40 PM
Beauty... Past and Present!!!




http://lh5.ggpht.com/_NCTKUEHu-jQ/RznpncV2rhI/AAAAAAAAAJ8/DUTQlGammKc/Alfa+Romeo+8C+2900+B+Touring+Coupe.jpg



http://images.leftlanenews.com/content/4-jul13-alfa.jpg



Wow he looks a lot like a red X but he hasn't aged much :D

Paul Pless
08-17-2008, 05:45 PM
well ****

John B
08-17-2008, 05:49 PM
Say what you mean Paul.;)
Waaal, you know my alfa story don't you. My brain was flirting with the concept.... a 4 wheel drive Brera, maybe when the prices drop... perhaps even a Gt ( shock horror.. front wheel drive )
Eventually I voiced the flirtation.. the concept of ownership to my 12 yr old son only to be destroyed with a " st st st , whats up doc".
Its like an earworm. Just won't go away.

Paul Pless
08-17-2008, 05:56 PM
Say what you mean Paul.;)I want one of these:D
http://www.carbodydesign.com/archive/2006/09/14-alfa-romeo-8c-competizione/Alfa-Romeo-8C-Competizione-2-lg.jpg

did that one show up??

Phillip Allen
08-17-2008, 05:59 PM
won't make your pe-pe get ANY bigger...(silly)

John B
08-17-2008, 06:05 PM
I'm old enough not to care what other people see or think Phillip. I just care what it looks/ feels/ drives like to me.;)
Maybe you can get that one Paul but ornery people like me, we have to set somewhat lower goals.;) Wait till the cayman is 5 or 6 years old perhaps. Tell my wife its a VW, get some stickers that say it.

abbyj
08-17-2008, 06:20 PM
For a second I thought you were talking about the Alfa MiTo that was covered in the August 18th AutoWeek:D

paladin
08-17-2008, 06:30 PM
Can you get in it, Paul.......? How tall are you?....

The Bigfella
08-17-2008, 06:33 PM
Ahh - Alfas - what the foundations of any good tow truck drivers' pension plan is built on.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
08-17-2008, 06:36 PM
The rust...

Of course, they say they've fixed that.

They always do.

:)

Paul Pless
08-17-2008, 06:37 PM
Why you guys hitting me with these negative vibes?:(:o:eek:

Andrew Craig-Bennett
08-17-2008, 06:42 PM
"You cannot call yourself a petrolhead unless you've owned an Alfa" - Jeremy Clarkson, of "Top Gear".

(There, Paul, is that better?);)

John B
08-17-2008, 06:47 PM
Why you guys hitting me with these negative vibes?:(:o:eek:

You know how normal cars normally depreciate.... add a rocket assist to that. Fiat/ Alfa/ Chrysler Jeep Dodge.. all have the mechanics friend attachment to them here.
ahh the risk.. so , so enticing.

Nanoose
08-17-2008, 06:50 PM
VERY pretty. You can order one for me too, Paul. Heck! If there's enough interest, maybe they'll give you a volume discount! :) :D

Nanoose
08-17-2008, 06:58 PM
8c, eh....what's that gonna set us back eh, Paul?

And I know I shouldn't say this (love the lines on that car!), but I'm just not big on the front end. Can I get a Beamer grill instead?

Katherine
08-17-2008, 07:02 PM
http://trus.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pTRU1-4592918reg.jpg
I don't think it has room for one of these. :D

Nanoose
08-17-2008, 07:04 PM
Paul doesn't need one of those...and neither do I :D

S/V Laura Ellen
08-17-2008, 07:11 PM
http://trus.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pTRU1-4592918reg.jpg
I don't think it has room for one of these. :D

Katherine: Are you trying to tell us something?

Katherine
08-17-2008, 07:13 PM
Katherine: Are you trying to tell us something?no, just a reminder to him :p

Paul Pless
08-17-2008, 07:14 PM
Paul doesn't need one of those...and neither do I :DExactly!

Paul Pless
08-17-2008, 07:14 PM
no, just a reminder to him :p
whatever:p:p

Nanoose
08-17-2008, 07:22 PM
Sounds like you'd best hurry up on this one, Paul....someone is mapping out your future for you! Quick!! Drive it before you have to trade it in on a minivan. :eek:

Tylerdurden
08-17-2008, 07:42 PM
I heard all new Alfa's come with a box of panty liners in the glove box:D

Katherine
08-17-2008, 08:45 PM
whatever:p:pSofa city dear.:D

John B
08-17-2008, 08:56 PM
Sofa city dear.:D

Sofa. did that last week owing to the wear through on the handmedowns! nice too ,but it ain't no Alfa. (heavy sigh.)
I grizzled and whined and prevaricated. I postponed and put off and reneged. Didn't do me any good though, Kirsty pointed out that every stick of furniture we own has been handed down by a nanna or a parent so it was about time we actually bought something for other than a boat.
Heresy, retreat gracefully dreaming of chartplotters......

LeeG
08-17-2008, 09:19 PM
http://trus.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pTRU1-4592918reg.jpg
I don't think it has room for one of these. :D

sure it does, in the seat right next to the driver

Bob Adams
08-17-2008, 10:02 PM
http://trus.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pTRU1-4592918reg.jpg
I don't think it has room for one of these. :D

Subtle Kat. Very subtle.:rolleyes:

John B
08-17-2008, 10:04 PM
Clearly, Paul needs to give away this 2 seater nonsense and look at GT's / 2 plus 2's.

Captain Blight
08-17-2008, 10:29 PM
Why? What's wrong with a little one-on-one time with the kid at 135 mph?

john l
08-17-2008, 10:30 PM
i had a 63 giulia spyder for 30 years, dark grey with a red interior, and have to say that it was a pretty reliable car. certainly fun to drive and well built too! as nice as a
fiat spyder may be, the alfa was superb by comparrison and had none of the rattles.
i think alfas bad rap in the US had a lot to due with mechanics, owners who weren't
sensitive to the vehicles needs, and also with alfas many quick fixes required to meet us emissions and bumper laws. from about 40 mph to 80 my alfa was nothing short of exhilarating. definitely in another league than my british sports cars.
and oh so beautiful!

John B
08-17-2008, 10:50 PM
I actually prefer the look of the GT I think.. that little boat tail thing on the Brera isn't quite right to me. I could learn to love it though.. I could, I'm sure.....
if only I had the chance.

Gt
http://www.ssip.net/upload/alfa-romeo-gt-coupe-side-2_132.jpghttp://www.ssip.net/upload/alfa-romeo-gt-coupe-1_132.jpg
Brera
http://www.ssip.net/upload/alfa-romeo-brera-v6-q4-sv-side-2_131.jpghttp://www.ssip.net/upload/alfa-romeo-brera-v6-q4-sv-front-3_131.jpg

changed my mind.

aha! I see , they don't look like that red one here .. they have a 'quarterlight ' window..

http://www.ccs.co.nz/uploads/alfa_romeo/New_Cars/brera1.jpg
dunno what thats all about. new model or the red one was a prototype?

LeeG
08-17-2008, 11:41 PM
Why? What's wrong with a little one-on-one time with the kid at 135 mph?



doesn't have to be 135mph, even legal speeds are fun in a fun car. When my daughter was 3 she opened the passenger door on the VW van as I took a left turn,,she was in the child seat and that door flew open,,while she was safely in her car seat.

The marvelous delusion Katerine is under is that a child is an accessory for a couple,,when they are usually participants in high adventure with one parent.

John B
08-18-2008, 04:17 PM
I raised the subject of an Alfa at the dinner table last night but it appears I'll be tossed out on the street by all and sundry if it was to happen.

Which only goes to show that one shouldn't consult and its easier to get forgiveness than permission.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
08-18-2008, 04:40 PM
Italy has one car company - it sticks several different badges on the product, but it's all one company.

Think Alfa:
http://www.carpages.co.uk/guide/@images/fiat/fiat-doblo.jpg

Swallows lots of
http://trus.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pTRU1-4592918reg.jpg

Ross M
08-18-2008, 05:21 PM
Italy has one car company - it sticks several different badges on the product, but it's all one company. ...

au contraire, mon frere

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7e/400GT.JPG/800px-400GT.JPG

http://users.compaqnet.be/carcollection/Bugatti/BugattiEB110SSfront4.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/64/Pagani_Zonda.jpg

Fabulous shot of the 8c, Paul. I want one too :cool:

Ross

John B
08-18-2008, 05:35 PM
I can pick the Zonda....I'm presuming the grille hole in the middle one means its a Bugatti? Doesn't VW own them now?( I lose track)

John Meachen
08-18-2008, 05:55 PM
VW not only owns Bugatti,it has Lamborghini too and by some quirk of German financial engineering the whole group is under the control of Porsche.The Pagani is Italian and only strays from the national heritage by sourcing the engine from Mercedes.To return to Alfas I parked a few feet away from a black Brera at the supermarket at the weekend and thought it looked beautiful.

dhic001
08-19-2008, 12:13 AM
I can pick the Zonda....I'm presuming the grille hole in the middle one means its a Bugatti? Doesn't VW own them now?( I lose track)

The Bugatti pictured is the old EB110 from the independantly owned Italian company. The current Bugatti is owned by VW, as John Meachen has said. Neither company has lineage to the real Bugatti company of Ettore Bugatti, although VW has built a factory near the old one at Molsheim, and own two of the original Bugatti Type 41s (Royale's).
Daniel

John B
08-19-2008, 04:10 PM
Ours must be assembled elsewhere Matt, they have a tragic reputation here. Same with Dodge, my BIL is sick to living death of being stranded by his unit in get home second gear only mode. 10k miles approx, 6 or 8 months old .. its a POS.

Paul Pless
08-19-2008, 04:36 PM
Paul,
Every not-so-subtle baby/ring hint should have a $1000 match for a deposit on that Alfa, Ducati, Corvette, Aprillia, Lotus, Moto Guzzi, Porsche you've always wanted. ;)

Still interested in the Ducati?Just a few more subtle 'hints' from Katherine then, and I'll be able to afford your bike.;)

John B
08-19-2008, 04:44 PM
Paul's got other things on his mind I think Matt:D. I'm sure he'd be happy for the distraction.
Yeah I don't know if its the occasional lemon syndrome or not. I tend to think not although as you say the anectdotal evidence is a sword that can cut two ways. I had a 95 Holden that definitely was a friday car. Like a fool I stuck with it ,and it was a mixed blessing when Kirsty took it out one night and came home without it. That car drove me to fury and distraction.
In 01 or 02 I bought the same updated brand and swore I'd turn it over as soon as it came out of warranty, but its been good, I've kept it.... no major issues . I figure its a good one so its worth running for longer. The bits that fall off I can put back on since its all so low tech.
The problem with these guys with electrical/ computer problems is they have to go to the dealer ,and out of warranty its a real issue.

edit: speak of the devil.....

Saltiguy
08-19-2008, 06:11 PM
FIAT

That's an acronym you know. It stands for Fix -It- Again-Tony

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
08-20-2008, 08:53 AM
....
Nothing like Land Rover's deservedly poor reputation in my experience,...

You have misunderstood the purpose of a Land Rover - these are not a means of transport - these are a sort of "Big Boy's Meccano set" - and a sure way to end up owning more different kinds of spanner than any sane person wants to know about.


And a box of Lucar crimp connectors.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
08-20-2008, 08:58 AM
Much depends on your Land Rover. The more agricultural, the better.