They say that love is blind, which probably accounts in part for a somewhat irrational love affair I once had.
If you’ve never driven an Alfa Romeo, then you might not fully understand the following. Even the lesser models, (except for a few years when Alfa were friends with Nissan) shared a common DNA which seemed to encourage enthusiastic driving. Years later when trying to get through Turin in the rush hour, I realised just how enthusiastically anything with wheels was driven on the Alfa’s home turf – it explained a lot.
I’d experienced and survived several white-knuckle drives in various Alfas, so I was on the lookout. At that time I knew a few people who had theirs for sale. I remember wondering, why would they want to sell these beautiful cars..?
In the early 1980’s I purchased a 1979 Alfa Romeo Alfasud. It wasn’t the fastest Alfa, but it was very pretty, [...]