OWN­ING BOTH: GARETH LEWIS

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“The BMW was or­dered new from Green Bower BMW and re­mained lo­cal to the deal­er­ship un­til my pur­chase,” says Lewis. “The orig­i­nal owner was a se­rial BMW buyer, who bought the lat­est model ev­ery two years: un­like most, he didn’t sell his old cars but kept them, amass­ing a col­lec­tion of 13 low-mileage BMWS by the time he died. It’s done 52,000 miles and has only ever been ser­viced by the sup­ply­ing dealer. It is largely orig­i­nal – hence it’s a bit rusty in places – but has slightly low­ered, up­rated springs and shock ab­sorbers that sharpen the han­dling and re­duce body roll. I’ll have to have it stripped and re­paired at some stage – it’s a real keeper, so I’ll find the money from some­where.

“I know less about the Alfa. It’s an orig­i­nal UK RHD car, with its last owner for 15 years. It is known to the Alfa Romeo Own­ers’ Club and has pre­vi­ous con­cours wins, but by the time I ac­quired it, the car had been badly re­painted metal­lic or­ange, which had split and cracked. I’ve had it stripped to a bare tub, re­painted the cor­rect flat or­ange and had the sus­pen­sion and so on re­built. This shoot was the first time it’d been on the road since com­ple­tion.

“Both are beau­ti­fully styled. The Alfa engine is re­ally rather spe­cial, but it’s harder work, a spe­cial-oc­ca­sion car. The BMW is more re­laxed and prac­ti­cal, in many ways the per­fect all-round clas­sic. Given that they are rarer than a stan­dard CSL and are pretty much iden­ti­cal to drive, I don’t un­der­stand the mas­sive price dif­fer­ence.”

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