Most excellent drives, indeed. When in decent condition, they are very good for this type of drive. We drove our new 78 GTV back across the country from DC to Seattle, doing the 4 banger version of your trips.
Our pristine black 86 GTV6 was a very good ride on mountain roads. Had a very good one around Mt St Helens on one way back roads where one could wind the sucker out, to the extent of overheating the front discs a little, one expanding to slightly hit the inside of the caliper. Otherwise, a spirited drive up and down through the gears, on and off the brakes. Whew, heart rate raiser run, so much fun. Have taken the beast 94LS(Q) on similar trips around the West.
Was my daily driver for a few years, but ended up selling it to Lino Durante for his son, since it was still pristine with a new class 1 paint job, engine maintained by his brother Carlo. My wife didn't really care for that GTV body, and I didn't really care for the interior. When I test drove the 91S, wife said "your grin in this car is wider, lol". The engine had so much more grunt and good Alfa sound.
Anyway, still kind of miss that 86.
BTW, our car mechanic friend still lives in Cornish, but we now meet them for lunch at Warren's Lobster House, yum, in Kittery (close to where my father's ancestors lived, Gould's Corner, ~10 miles inland), rather than driving west to Cornish out of our way to try to stay with them.
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; 08-16-2019 at 08:24 PM.