An under-rated machine
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
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