Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling - PA­TRICK O’NEILL

Hav­ing owned four 156s, Pa­trick still has two of them, in­clud­ing a fine 2004 GTA. ‘Me­chan­i­cally it’s been very re­li­able – all my 156s have been – and just needed ser­vic­ing, fresh tyres, and the usual cam­belt re­place­ment. Un­for­tu­nately, sort­ing some later ac­ci­dent dam­age took a while. The orig­i­nal re­pair was poor, with an­other spe­cial­ist hav­ing to pretty much start again, and parts de­lays didn’t help. I ended up giv­ing it a total re­spray so the body­work is pretty much in con­cours con­di­tion. The GTA is a re­ally strong per­former and I love its speed and han­dling, but liv­ing in Lon­don means it doesn’t get used as much as I’d like. Speed bumps don’t mix with the low­ered GTA sus­pen­sion! I def­i­nitely plan to hang on to it, though.’

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