An un­der-rated ma­chine

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Your Letters -

I read with in­ter­est The Way We Were ( CCW, 25 May) on Wool­wich and the men­tion of the South East Lon­don Mer­cury news­pa­per. I was a mo­tor ve­hi­cle ap­pren­tice with Fry’s of

Your Let­ters, The Edi­tor, CCW, I was de­lighted to see the Alfetta GTV re­ceiv­ing some de­cent cov­er­age ( CCW, 18 May). David Simis­ter is spot-on say­ing that th­ese cars are the think­ing man’s GTV, at around half the price of an equiv­a­lent GTV6. Ob­vi­ously you don’t get the glo­ri­ous howl of the Busso V6 but the lighter front end delivers sweeter han­dling, and no one ever seems to com­plain about the Nord twin-cam in the even more ex­pen­sive Ber­tone GTVs!

My car is a sim­i­lar age and spec to the beau­ti­ful ex­am­ple you fea­tured, and in my opin­ion is a much un­der-rated ma­chine. When buy­ing it four years ago I re­ally en­joyed the En­dan­gered Species fea­ture in CCW, 18 May and it got me think­ing back to all the cars my dad had in the 1970s. As a re­sult, I de­cided to look up my Capri on the How Many Left? web­site and it turns out it’s been the only one left for years.

I have a 1600GT with an auto box that cost an ex­tra £75.98. I have all the pa­per­work from new - some of which makes an amus­ing read. With op­tional ex­tras and a full dose of un­der­seal, a to­tal of £1591.52 was handed over.

Within two months the car was back in the garage with gear­box oil leaks then back again a few months later with more leaks and auto choke prob­lems. Its first ser­vice at 6000 miles was £8.25 with yet more choke ad­just­ments cost­ing £1.70.

It now spends most of it time in the garage and only comes out on sunny days but with just 57,000 miles clocked up, it’s good fun. Stuart Halls, Corn­wall

Me­dia House, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, Cambs PE2 6EA. Or email editorial@clas­s­ic­car­weekly.co.uk

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