New Zealand Classic Car - - The Survivors -

Philip Hur­ring has a well-prac­tised re­ply when peo­ple ask him who ap­plied the paint on his Alfa: “Some guy in Mi­lan!” That’s how orig­i­nal his 1750 Ber­lina is.

De­signed by Mar­cello Gan­dini at Ber­tone, this 105 Se­ries 1750 Ber­lina was de­liv­ered new to Dunedin in 1971 and sub­se­quently sold to Mr Mil­lar of Mos­giel. Later, Philip’s fa­ther, a Min­istry of Trans­port– sanc­tioned driv­ing in­struc­tor, ac­tu­ally tested Mr Mil­lar for his over-70 driver’s li­cense in the Alfa Romeo — ev­ery year for 18 years, in fact — and got to know him very well. When Mr Mil­lar passed away, Philip’s fa­ther was able to buy the car, and he cher­ished it for 15 years be­fore it ended up in Philip’s own­er­ship — there were too many Al­fas in the fam­ily al­ready, but there was no way Philip would let this one out of the fam­ily, hav­ing known the car’s orig­i­nal owner as well as shar­ing a long-time pas­sion for Al­fas with his par­ents.

To­day, the three-owner Alfa shows only 84,000 miles (135,184kms) on the clock and is in com­pletely orig­i­nal, un­re­stored con­di­tion — and that in­cludes the up­hol­stery, car­pets, and all the trim and fit­tings. Only the usual ser­vice items have been re­placed, such as fil­ters, brake pads, flu­ids, clutch plate and hy­draulic cylin­ders, and wa­ter pump, and the head gas­ket has been re­freshed. All orig­i­nal doc­u­ments are with the car, in­clud­ing Mr Mil­lar’s orig­i­nal hand­writ­ten log­book.

Philip uses the Ber­lina spar­ingly but en­thu­si­as­ti­cally; it is a very strong per­former, with its twin-cam mo­tor boasting a beau­ti­ful power band and its typ­i­cally good Alfa Romeo han­dling. He has en­joyed a num­ber of trips up and down New Zealand, and his per­fect quick drive is from one end of Lindis Pass to the other.

Philip, a pro­fes­sional con­sul­tant in health and fit­ness, be­lieves good things should, and can, last a very long time.

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