Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Sunny Melbourne, Alfa Capital.
When I was in my teens and (very) early twenties I was into VWs. I had a 1600 Beetle, it was fun. So like all VW enthusiasts I thought the KG coupe was a nice car, then I drove one. They're just unremarkable.
The Beetle is a fun car to drive because its utalitarian in design, but it delivers a lot more. Its almost in the vein of an Italian design in some ways because they have an inherantly sporting feel, short throw gear change and quite good chasis dynamics - particularly on later disc-brake front 12 volt cars. But that's just it, its an early, early incarnation of a hatchback. The KG has sports car looks, but its stuck right onto a type 1 Beetle platform and it simply cannot deliver what another four cylinder coupes could in its time, and it still cant.
Yeah, in some colours its quite elegant and they look good when driven by young women with nicce hair styles and spectacles. The perplexing thing is that so many people regard them with such affection and desire. Beats me, I can only say that because a. Its a Volkwagen and b. its a distinct design that the maker never repeated, it must have left a mark on people in general.
And that's just it isn't it? The Karmann Ghia was unique in its stable, the Porsche 911 similarly so. Design so successful that it was only ever modified, never changed. To the lay-person an Alfa 105 Coupe or Sedan could just as well be a Fiat, or a BMW 2002, a Datsun 1600 or an Isuzu Bellet.
It is a drop-dead gorgeous machine, the 105. Deliscious in detail without unessesary adornment and a credit to its designer. But it isn't that unique that it stands out amonst it contemporaries.
But its time is coming.