Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Quite agree Rik, I think the early 116 coupes are some of the best cars Alfa produced looks wise-that`s why I have them. They were also interesting technically and quite radical in their layout in an idealised engineers/racing car type of way. I think one of the reasons they are not yet as popular (but slowly getting so in Europe) is maybe their looks suggest more performance than they offered-although again in their day the 2 litre in particular was quicker than average (and had the braking and handling plus an excellent competition history). What I find difficult to reconcile is the fact that contempory road tests thought they were pretty good too even allowing for the 1/3 of journalists finding the gearchange difficult-hardly the majority but that opinion seems to have dominated in later years. The first versions withthe stainless bumpers are arguably the best looking and the quirkiness of the interior appeals as it is different (and not totally hopeless in function).
I`ve got a GTV6 too and I think that is nice looking too but it is a totally different car-not the same as comparing Bertone coupes with different sized versions of the twin cam four.
As you are fitter and turner trained I`d be tempted to just give it a go like I did-(I did law at university,so no trade background whatsoever but practical) and just read, and practise on scrap-it`s not hard.
'65 Giulia Ti, '69 GT Junior, 72 Spider, '74 2000 GTV, ,`00 156