I suspect that a lot of all that plumbing is for the required and complicated pollution control systems which the earlier cars did not have. None of that is worth looking at. It's a shame that the basic engine is hidden beneath that stuff. An artfully styled engine was something Alfa was noted for in years past. Now they look more like the more common makes.
Even when I lift the hood of my older 164LS, people still go "oooh", the engine bay being clean and Armoralled, the polished stainless runners gleaming, and a light and subtle embellishment of paint on the engine cam covers. Maybe not the best of the Alfa engines for appearances but still nice.
89 Milano (wife's daily driver since 1989, Shankle Sport)
91 164S (my daily driver since 1994)
94 164LS (~Q) (trip Alfa since 2000)
72 Morgan 27 (water time since 1976)
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 12-04-2016 at 10:58 PM.