The first article explained more about the selection and purchase of the GTA and covered the time up to the end of 2005, this time I hope to explain a little more about the ownership and driving experiences of car through 2006.
Expect some funny reactions when you explain to anyone with even a passing interest in cars that you not only drive a top of the range Alfa Romeo, but bought it new.
I first acquired my 98 GTV Twin Spark Lusso in early August 2006. My mum was selling it as she was buying another GTV, a brand new silver one from Reg Vardy.
It was a great plan. Italian Grand Prix, family holiday, leisurely drive down. The choice of transport was easy. My sister and I in the Alfa, my parents in their Ferrari 308 GT4.
I like cars with â€˜characterâ€™. The original VW Beetle has it, the Peugeot 205 GTI has it; the Lancia Delta definitely has it. Iâ€™d even say some of the big German uber-saloons have it, in their own efficient kind of way.