Poll: Which Car To Buy Next?

We’re in election mode here in Australia so I figured a poll was in order.

Click here to view the Red Fulvia and the Blue Fulvia.

Click here to view the Alfa GT Junior.

Just go through the archives to see how I’m a bloody idiot.

Then vote!

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BlueFulvia5

LanciaFulvia6

Alfa1300-1

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15 Comments

  1. I don’t think you’re a bloody idiot, but I do think that they should all probably be passed by and left to dreams.

    Good luck though, with whatever you decide.

    M

  2. The 10k will seem small beer when viewed in hindsight sitting in post apocalyptic wasteland that will be your life if you buy a project. What ever you buy enjoy it!

  3. My heart says “Blue Fulvia” but I voted Alfa because it’s a car you can enjoy driving from day 1. For the short time you seem to keep cars, you would lose interest in the Fulvia before getting it sorted out.

    1. It’s fair to say there’s been high turnover in previous years but I’m actually getting better at keeping things I like for longer. The GTV6 has gone but the Brumby is still around and I’m actually looking for ways to get this next car AND keep the Brumby. Very handy and heaps of character. The GTV6 was fantastic but sold because it simply wasn’t fit for purpose for me. The challenge is to get another Italian that will be.

    1. “Today is August 12th and right about now the first employees at the Saab production plant are back at work!” SaabsUnited.

      Thought you would want to know.

  4. If I was buying a classic car like you, it would be the MG with the V8 engine and uprated brakes that some restorer’s came up with some time ago. All the fun of an original with the safety of modern brakes and a kiss ass engine. I voted for the Alfa 🙂

  5. Ah, finally!
    How many people have voted, amazing. And half agree that the red Alfa is ‘the car’.
    Buy it, drive it, love it.
    When you pop out just to look at it sitting in the garage before you retire for the evening, your will know you have done the right thing.

  6. Swade,

    It would help to know what resources you have access to locally. Do you know a good body shop? Is there a garage near Hobart that will work on a Fulvia?

    Other than a Lancia specialist, the ideal shop would be long-established, and also have a young apprentice who is willing to take-on the job at a reasonable rate. You need a shop that’s been around a while because that means that they probably have a selection of oddball tools. For instance, they may not have a wheel bearing puller for a Fulvia, but they may have one for a 1970s Mitsu that fits.

    1. Fair questions, Bernard.

      We have several high quality body shops here in Hobart, though as is the case anywhere, their services come at a cost. I’ve also got a friend here who’s an exceptionally good bodywork guy, though it’s not what he does for a living. He could if he wanted to. The hard part with him is fitting stuff in with his own endless line of projects. Body work can get done. It’ll just cost a little, that’s all.

      With regard to technical stuff…… I have a plan in my mind for the rebuild that involves some local specialists, some time off work, some money and a whole lot of learning. As I think I mentioned in the article, there’s a mechanic here in Hobart who has a Fulvia himself. He has a very well established business dealing with Italians both as the authorised regional service rep and working on the older stuff, too. He’s also around my age, so the loss of experience through retirement shouldn’t be a problem. There’s another Italian specialist here, one that I’ve used regularly on my Alfas who has also worked on Fulvias.

      I’m not sure of their stock of oddball tools, but I don’t think its a reason to baulk at the prospect on its own.

  7. The walk-up test applies here. The first thing that comes into your head, or heart, sticks. If you have that sinking feeling about anything, walk away. I have an elderly car awaiting restoration and purchased it probably for the wrong reasons. Things have changed since I bought it and it is slowly deteriorating out in the weather. Every day I look at it and wonder if I will be enthused to get some movement on it. And then drive off in my Hirsch and try to push the negative thoughts away. Not happy to see the car languishing.

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