As well as fishing I am very interested in cars. I purchased a Lotus Elise 111s a few years ago and although it was fantastic to drive (and look at) the practicality of a two seater sports car was not exactly great and so I decided (forced) to part with it. My intention was to replace the Lotus with something a little more practical and fun but after looking around for a month I couldn’t decide on what to buy.
I started to look for something extremely cheap in the meantime and it was at this time I saw a Red Alfa Romeo 155 V6 in the car park at the goodwood festival of speed. Later that day I saw a touring car version of the very same car and it got me thinking. After I got home I started to look through the car ad’s and soon learned that they were very cheap (a really good one can be had for £1500) and found one on ebay for £800. 4 days later the I was the owner of an Alfa Romeo 155 2.0 T-Spark Super.
The car had a rediculous amount of history and made interesting reading. One owner had the heater matrix replaced 3 times costing almost £750 along with some other eye opening bills for other items that had failed on the car. During the time I owned the car it never let me down and apart from the normal servicing and replacement of wear and tear items it was extremely cheap to run.
To me the Alfa Romeo had as the french say a certain ‘I know not what’. The design of the car looked kind of awkward but somehow worked and it had that air of style lacking from non Italian cars. The engine liked to be revved and although it wasn’t warp speed fast it was fun to drive and had just enough power when you needed it.
The honeymoon ended after almost 2 years of ownership when I managed to buckle one of the wheels driving to Kennick Reservoir. The wheel went down one of those huge pot-holes and managed to bend the inner rim just enough for the air in the tyre to escape. The alloy wheels were rather rare Alfa Romeo Speedlines in black so finding a replacement would cost more than the car was worth. I couldn’t find anywhere to get the wheel repaired so ended up buying a new car.
I eventually found someone who was able to straighten the wheel but know I no longer needed the Alfa. I ended up giving it away to a friend of mine, fingers crossed it will continue to serve him as well as it did me.