1986 Alfa Romeo Sprint First Photos

It’s Christmas morning! Merry Christmas to all of you! We did Christmas dinner last night so I’ve got a little time this morning to post up the first photos of the Alfa Romeo Sprint I bought yesterday. Here is the car in our front yard, which is starting to represent an automotive palliative care ward for Italian and Swedish cars 🙂 I picked the car up yesterday, put some fresh fuel in and was surprised at how well it drove on the short trip home. After being parked for six years, I expected it to cough and splutter a fair […]

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Christmas Cheer – 1986 Alfa Romeo Sprint

I haven’t had a fun car in my garage for 3 months so when this Alfa Romeo Sprint popped up for sale in my area, I was interested. When the price nearly halved earlier this week, I felt it would be downright rude if I didn’t check it out. I pick it up this afternoon 🙂 It’s a 1986 Alfa Romeo Sprint. I used to own a Sprint back in the late 1990’s. Regular visitors to this site may remember that I took care of my mate Gavin’s Sprint earlier this year and I fell in love with these little […]

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Volvo Pushing For Internet Car Sales

Decision 1 for Volvo last week was to end the company’s factory-backed participation in motorsport. Decision 2 is a substantial shift in Volvo’s marketing mix that’s going to be very interesting to watch. Volvo is implementing a new plan called the “Volvo Way To Market” and it means big changes in the way they’ll do things. The Volvo Way To Market can be summarised as follows: Marketing tools And increased spend on better defined and more focused branding. Only three motor shows a year – Detroit, Geneva and Shanghai/Beijing. Volvo will also conduct their own major event in Sweden to […]

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Volvo To Stop Factory Support For Racing

Volvo made some ripples last week with a couple of announcements likely to have various parties feeling just a little bit nervous. Decision 1 will effect anyone involved with a factory-backed Volvo racing team – unless they’re in a boat. Volvo’s global Marketing Manager, Alain Nisser, was quoted in the press last week saying that the company will cease direct participation in racing. Volvo’s sponsorship of ocean racing will continue, but car racing is on the chopping block. Volvo support efforts by their performance partner, Polestar, in several racing series around the world, including the Swedish Touring Car Championship and […]

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Fulvia Friday – Great In Grey

When I first saw a Lancia Fulvia colour chart the idea of a grey Fulvia didn’t excite me too much. I still wouldn’t want a grey one, myself, but seeing this car today has caused a massive mindshift over the basic idea of a grey Lancia Fulvia. It’a also the best looking Fulvia-with-bumpers I’ve ever seen. I think it might be the wheels and the low stance. Whatever it is, this Fulvia looks the business. This car is for sale in Holland for 16,000 EUR …. and just quietly, what is it with the Mad Dutchies and outstanding cars?! They […]

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Spyker Bankrupt, Muller Determined

Most of you would have heard the news by now, but for those who have not….. Spyker’s situation went from really bad to terminal last night when their bankruptcy protection/reorganisation status moved into plain old bankruptcy (receivership). Spyker Cars sought protection from its creditors just two weeks ago but the bridge funding it was counting on to survive the reorganisation process has not materialised. The court moved the company into receivership at the request of the administrator leading the reorganisation. Typically, our mate Victor Muller (right) doesn’t see this as the end of the road. “None of the ambitions we […]

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Fiat X1/9 Is ALIVE

Good news! We installed a new condenser, new HT leads and new contact points into Geoff’s Fiat X1/9 and then this happened……. (apologies for holding my iPhone the wrong way) —— Now we just have to do the brake master and clutch master and we should finally be somewhat mobile! Good times!

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It’s Getting So Ugly I Can Hardly Breathe

I had a big long rant planned about Rupert Murdoch and the ugliness he peddles wherever he casts his gaze. Sadly, the news out of Pakistan tonight has me feeling completely and utterly defeated…. for the moment. Personally speaking, it’s fair to say that 2014 has been a pretty shit year and 2015 only holds the tiniest glimmer of hope for getting better. Every time you try to pick yourself up there seems to be another idiot with an agenda just itching to bring you back down again. So I’ll leave my long rant alone. Here’s a short one instead. […]

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Fiat X1/9 Update

I’ll get to the Fiat in a moment….. I drove a few interesting cars on the weekend. Both experiences were unplanned. One car I drove with a view to buy and the other was purely for fun. Peugeot 205 GTI The first car was a Peugeot 205GTI. I stumbled across this one when I ran into a co-worker at Salamanca Market on Saturday morning. The Pug belongs to his son and Mal let me know that it was now up for sale. Given that the 205GTI is a bit of a cult car, I had to check it out. Click […]

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Inside Saab Archive at SaabWorld

For those who don’t know, I worked for Saab Automobile for a short time back in 2011, running a website for them called Inside Saab. As the name suggests, it was designed to bring all the latest news, events and other developments from inside the company. I started with Saab in April 2011 and finished when the company declared bankruptcy later in December 2011. When the company died, the website died with it. I have an Inside Saab archive here on this website but it’s text only. I don’t have the images that went with it and the layout is […]

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