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The year would have been around 1981.  I was looking to buy a car… my second car.  I had and sold a 1973 Ford Mustang… I was 17 years old.  I found a car I liked, but didn’t have the money to buy it… couldn’t talk my parents into helping me with it, even with my best game…

It was red, sounded like burlap ripping when it accelerated, had a wood dash and wore a set of Mini-Lite wheels.  And it was red…  Italian Racing Red… Guards Red.  RED.

Alfa Romeo GTV Coupé
Alfa Romeo GTV Coupé (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was an Alfa Romeo GTV.  Specifically, a 1972 2000GTV.  I drove it a couple of times and it was a wonderful car to drive.  It just felt good, and was quite tossable in the turns.

Fast Forward to the mid 1990s.  My Shelby Charger was gone and I wanted a rear drive coupe to autocross.  I wanted something unique, but couldn’t afford something terribly expensive.  I settled on a red 1983 GTV6 2.5.  the sound was completely different (V6 instead of an I4).  But it was tossable, gripped well and looked magnificent.  I couldn’t talk my wife into it…

One day…

iPods do NOT make this sound…

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