Italian cars

Discussion in 'Cars, Bikes 'n AFVs' started by Ravers, Oct 16, 2008.

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  1. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Does anyone else here have an unhealthy obsession with Italian cars? I know they fall apart and are generally pretty shite but I really do love them.

    So far I have owned a 1975 Lancia Montecarlo, 1999 Alfa 145 Cloverleaf, 1967 Fiat 500, 1998 Lancia Kappa Coupe 3.0 V6 and a new Alfa 147 Collezione.

    All of these cars have given me grief at one point or another but I would not buy anything other than Italian. Am I a mentalist or are there other Arrsers out there as stupid as me? :?

    Edited to add I have owned a Mini (old) and a Range Rover at one point and neither compared to any of my Italian motors.
  2. Arh! another Itie lover. I have had the usual 147s etc but todays is a 159 auto diesel estate with all the 'bells an whistles'. Really moves and sees of most BMW, Audis plus pulls the looks from females which at my age is worth its weight in gold.
  3. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    I had 159 Sportwagon 1.9 diesal as a courtesy car while the 147 was being repaired. Absolutely awesome! definitely my next motor.

  4. Ahh.... The Lancia Rustos coupe. More fool you for buying shite.
  5. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Actually never had any rust issues just general build quality problems. You know body panels falling off mid journey the usual stuff!
  6. I had an old Lancia Beta back in the day- I loved it to death, but it had to go to the great scrappies in the sky after the MOT bloke said bring it back in a month of Sundays although I'm not sure it'll pass then - I was gutted!

    One of our MT blokes brought it from me for £50 ripped it apart and used the engine and gear box for some sort of home made beach buggy/rally car he was making. Apparently it went like a bomb.

    Almost bought a Lancia Delta HF Turbo once too for £2.5 in about 93, only problem was it was going to cost me about £1.5K to insure it - beautiful car, I stalled it 3 times just pulling away from the fore court, it went like sh1t of a shovel.

    Lancia made 6 times winner of the Lombard RAC rally and 10 times World Rally Champions (6 of those years consecutively by the Delta) making it still the manafacturer who has won it the most times

    My missus would never let me have another one, she thinks they look like cheap 70's crap!

  7. Had a couple of Alfa 156's. Never let me down.

    Before buying my 1st I had a 320 BMW. Swore that I would not go back to BMW after the Alfa. And they look so good.

  8. Quality shot, I can just see the spreading oil leak underneath! Just how I remembered them !

  9. and the snuggly fitted well aligned bonnet....
  10. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    That Beta is gorgeous, love the colour. My Montecarlo had the same bonnet issue (well boot lid I suppose as the engine was in the back), it always looked like it hadn't closed properly.
  11. Italian cars are like Italian women.

    When you initially get hold of one in it's prime you think it's the most beautiful thing you've ever seen, but in the back of your mind you know one day soon you're going to wake up next to a massively overweight fat 1 eyebrowed hairy c-unt who stinks of fish.

    with a shite car.

  12. I take it you're talking about the small engined ones then! Sorry to have a pop but German crs (esp BMW's) are always a favourite whipping boy. The sales tell a different story though, and if it's speed your after I wouldn't be buying an Alfa (unless your talking the 8C Competizione but they're all sold & a wee bit pricey), Maserati's are the dogs though esp the Grand Turismo S. Car porn. 8)
  13. The only obsession I have with them is that I like to ram them. :twisted:
    Which I did a few years ago .
    I was reversing my caravan at the ticketbox of the Channel tunnel in France. All of a sudden.... booom. WTF??? As I stepped out and walked to the back of the caravan I noticed a Ferrari Testarossa kissing my caravan.
    Fortunatly the owner was a Brit,so he kept quite cool without giving me a good shoeiing or even a YOU BLOODY DUTCH CAAAAANNNT !!!
    Instead we exchanged addresses for the insurance companies and headed off our own ways. 3 weeks after my holiday I rang him about how things were going with the insurance and all that. He told me the little scratch on the bumper costed € 4000 ! All got payed for and he said that if I ever was in his neighbourhood I had to drop by for a pint.
    This bloke completely had me stunned,since I only knew Brits like you lot! :lol:
  14. I don't know you wife but she clearly has wisdom beyond her years.
  15. Ditto!