Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
And NMMilano that Rallye S would have more of that old Lancia special feel. They`re old cars and Lancia made quirky interesting cars. As they are so old now might as well have the most quirky, "most Lancia" version. We`ve settled for a series 3 only because they are so thin on the ground here where I am but I would at the blink of an eye change for an earlier car.
Antony believe me a properly set up 105 Alfa gearbox has a lovely precise feel to it and was often referred to in the 60`s as a model for other manufacturers. They had an old fashioned long but very precise action very much like a bolt action in a very high quality rifle. A very tactile thing. Fords (English) single rail gearbox was another nice action but this was the first of the modern style gearchanges with a short modern action - they came out around 1967 - 68 and became the new standard.
As I said earlier a "good" car shouldn`t be judged just on performance figures but on the whole experience, it is a tactile and visual thing and Fulvias (and 105 Alfas) have this. There are always going to be faster cars and the increasing pace of technology is going to always make yesterdays performance leader a tortoise ultimately but good design, innovation sometimes, and "feel" are qualities that remain forever. We quibble about whether this engine or this gearbox is better but regardless of which Fulvia or 105 you choose you have got one fantastic, and still very useable car. If the truth is known I`d love to have one of every version of Fulvia and 105.
'65 Giulia Ti, '69 GT Junior, 72 Spider, '74 2000 GTV, ,`00 156