Friday, January 22, 2016


The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider.

What a beautiful piece of automotive sculpture. How wonderful that the marque has captured the essence of enjoyable, basic sports car driving with a simple adherence to time-honoured principles of light weight, a small, willing turbocharged engine and outstanding handling.

However, if you are more than 5' 7" (170cm)  tall, do not apply. You may be a well-heeled enthusiast, lusting after this great example of Italian sports motoring, but according to my local FIAT-Alfa Romeo dealer one of his customers had to have his $5000 deposit returned, because try as he might, he couldn't get into the car. He twisted his long and lanky frame this way and that. He stood up on the driver's seat and tried to slide behind the wheel. To no avail.

You've all heard the jokes about Italian drivers having short legs, and that's why the pedals were so close, but the 4C has apparently been designed by, and for, this same band of minature would-be race drivers.

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