Which Alfa sparked your love for the brand?

The one that made you an Alfa enthusiast

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When I was around 8-9, I was already absorbing anything car-related, using any chance to sit in different models, memorizing the data from the scarce information that was available to me, as this was during the sad wartime. I was surrounded by Zastavas of all sorts, some Soviet stuff, Ladas, Tavrias, Volgas and the whole nation of Sarajevo Golfs Mk2.

Alfa Romeo was a rare, almost exotic sight. But I remember that brand sounding to me like something special, something that Italian mobsters drive in cheesy 90's movies, something rather distinctive. When I was maybe 13-14, a familiar neighbor bought himself a dark green Alfa Romeo 33 the last series, as I recall it was the 90's model. Powered by 1.7 IE boxer, the 8 valve version with 105 PS, it was a masterpiece of design, sound, acceleration and just being cool among all the VW, Opels and Fords that the Western second hand market could throw at us.

Not the actual one, but pretty much the same, except for the wheels

Not the actual one, but pretty much the same, except for the wheels

A few times I had a chance to be driven in it, and I was in love. The sound of the boxer, the pull, the handling... That was it, I was hooked. I spent years daydreaming of owning one (and I still do...).

In 2001, I went to the local car show and was stunned by the looks of the 147. I even have a picture somewhere of me standing besides it - and that was my love on the second sight. But years went by and when I was in position to spend my own hard earned cash for the ride, I really left the idea, looking for something more sensible and more practical - I was 25, time to grow up, after all.

But after looking at loads of Lagunas, Focuses, Stilos and Golfs, there she was - one afternoon in a local dealership - a silver Alfa 147 1.6 T. Spark - 105 PS. I had a test drive, smashed the Twin Spark through its gears up to 150 km/h in no time and that was it.

Mine was a 5door

Mine was a 5door

The next three years of happy motoring, being a true petrolhead - the experience everyone should have once at least. Afterwards, my dad got himself a 147 JTD and that was pretty good, as well - though the JTD isn't as sharp as a petrol one.

Today, I drive a company car and I really couldn't justify the money of owning one, even more because it would sit around probably most of the week, collecting dust.

So, what was the Alfa that caught you in the wheel of the madness we all love?

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Comments (60)

  • Probably the Giulia and Junior Zagato 3000. I've always liked Alfas, not really a specific model though (Still to this day; I like all Alfas). I got more interested though when I saw a Giulia Sprint and a Junior Sport Zagato 3000 in person. My favorite current model is the Giulia Quadrifoglio as a big fan of saloons.

      2 days ago
    • The Zagato is a special thing, I love it too. I'm also big fan of saloons, the Giulia is a wonderful Alfa, but I must say the 1st and simple 156 remains the daddy of saloon Alfa design in my book .

        2 days ago
  • For me it was the GTV6, after seeing one on the road almost 6 years ago, I decided to research the brand some more

      7 hours ago
  • For me it was the 2004 alfa romeo 156 turismo 1.9 JTD. When me and my dad went to pick up the car I instantly fell in love with the car and the brand, it had a beautiful red leather interior and the car exterior was silver, it looked fabulous. Unfortunately he only owned it for a month 😔

      1 day ago
  • Which Alfa sparkled your love for the brand? @tribe

      1 day ago
  • Alfa 155 in the British touring car days and then lusting after the v6 which sounded immense.

      3 hours ago
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