Well, maybe, but almost all of the Alfas we and our friends had read a little high, maybe 5-10%. Even when they were new in those days. I was there. Nothing new at all. Old hat. Thus the old saying, lol.
Needles seemed to have nothing to do with it through the years. If anything, for normal driving the long part and thus the weight of the needle would have been on the left side of the speedometer (80 mph is often/usually being straight up on the dial), thus if anything reading low. Didn't drive much with the needle on the right hand side. Now, if the needle was shortened by someone, then maybe, but we never did that in our Alfas. Never had problems with bent needles.
1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27
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; 04-28-2019 at 08:31 PM.