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I've owned over thirty cars, most of them fondly remembered, but a handful stand out; not just being a favorite but being an outstanding car as well. What are yours and where does your Giulia stand among them?

Top 2: 2017 Giulia Ti and 2007 Cayman S w/ Sport Chrono. Most poised, "dialed-in" cars I've ever driven; I just happen to own/have owned one of each as well. The 4-cyl Giulia (haven't driven a Quad) feels like a 4-door Cayman to me, and I owned a regular Cayman prior to the S. I'd put the Giulia somewhere between the two in terms of sportiness, but dynamically it feels as good as either.

3rd: GTV6, 2.5 or 3.0. I've owned both, and when sorted, these are the most characterful and sweet-sounding cars imaginable, along with being very fun to drive (it helps if you see clunky, dated transmission linkage as a charming challenge rather than an annoying irritation). This sums it up nicely: https://petrolicious.com/articles/the-alfa-romeo-gtv6-is-pornography-for-engineers

4th and 5th: '03 330i ZHP sedan and '08 RX-8 40th Ann. These are related, in my mind/experience, to my top 2, in that the 952 Giulia feels to me like the true successor (the turbo-era successor if you will) to the 330i ZHP, and the Cayman S feels like an RX-8 with more power and unhampered by a lack of torque. These are the budget/college student alternatives to my top 2.

Ones that didn't make the top tier and why... the S2000 is an amazing car, dynamically similar to the RX-8, but for whatever reason I appreciated the RX-8 more. My several Alfa Spiders are very fondly remembered, but dynamically they aren't in the same league as these others (maybe my most fondly-remembered car of all is my '83 Spider I bought in '87... great memories of being young and single and driving an Alfa Spider all over the country). My '04 911 40th Ann was a terribly impressive car but my Cayman S seemed so much more capable, making me wonder why I need the 911 apart from looking at it (disclaimer, I'm not a track guy). I understand the 991 911 feels like the 987 Cayman's dynamic equal. I really miss my 2015 Mustang GT, given up for the Giulia (along with the 330i), but I plan to get another GT at some point. If Ford made a Taurus SHO that retained the personality of the old ones I would consider one, but that's not the case. Or if they made a spry sport sedan like the SVT Contour. I was a big Ford fan during the time of the early SHOs through the Contour SVT.
 
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I remember my cars as much for the experiences I associate with them as for the cars themselves.
 

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It's hard to say as I have a very small window I usually keep a vehicle. But I really enjoyed my e90 M3, s2000, and n54 135i. All great vehicles and fun to drive. I wish I kept the s2000, not the fastest, but a blast to drive!
 

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I remember my cars as much for the experiences I associate with them as for the cars themselves.
Which is why my first Spider will forever be my favorite car. Had to sell when going overseas (Navy). When I came back years later things were never the same. It was years before I got back into Alfas, and then it was as a older, classic car guy.
 
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I've only owned three cars in my life. I started with a blue 2005 Saleen S-281, which I loved. Then I upgraded to a white 2011 Mustang GT and added lots of aftermarket goodies (body kit, full exhaust, wheels, lowered). The extra 100 hp and 6th gear made it a lot more enjoyable to drive than the Saleen, however I didn't think the handling was quite as crisp. It was fun to be able to really customize that car the way I wanted it. There's not another one out there that looks like it, plus it had the glass roof, which I loved.

And then there's the Quadrifoglio. The Mustangs just don't compare. While I enjoyed driving a stick for 12 years, I'm actually not missing it at all in this car. The interior is much nicer, the ride is much smoother, and the handling is on an entirely different level. I didn't realize how big of a step up this car would be over what I'd had. I couldn't be happier with the choice I made. Plus I needed 4 doors and couldn't pass up the Misano Blue!
 

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You too!!!

+1. Probably why I still have fond memories of the bright orange 1978 Pinto I used to drive ...
+1 AS WELL!! had a sliver Pinto Wagon....was SO HAPPY that I didn't have to take city buses to school anymore I didn't care if it was an auto with no reverse, AM radio only no a/c and heat that only worked in the summer!!:grin2:
needless to say I graduated to some pretty memorable stuff since:wink2:
The QV has the makings of one best I've owned...
BUT I still own the ones I felt were the best of bunch my E30 M3 & E39 M5...
 

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My best car was probably S6 V10....it was heavy comfy refined highway machine....despite good suspension it was due to weight quite a pig in corners....my favorites are probably Citroen XM and Bmw 740i, owned both while still in Europe, times were good and they took me in style and speed all across europe.....owned Alfa 33 briefly before those two in EU too but it was a short affair:( with age I returned to smaller nimbler cars since I dont use them for business anymore, Giulia seems just a perfect little thing for me right now
 

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Well, my first car was a BRG AH Sprite Mk II, and you always remember your 1st car with fondness, I think. It was great fun and I remember changing brakes, points and plugs with my dad as the first time I did any wrenching. Second car was a Sunbeam Imp that my dad and I drove from Chicago to Alaska between my freshman and sophomore year in college...(We had to clean the air filter every couple of hundred miles due to the crushed rock on the AlCan highway and I seated it incorrectly resulting in a destroyed engine that was swapped out by a dealer in Edmonton (we only had to pay the airfreight from Vancouver despite it being my fault), a used TR3 and a new Fiat Spider were also favorites (as was a 500c), but hands down, the best was my 1980 GTV-6---It was my daily driver for 60k glorious (but not untroubled miles), but that engine was sublime and the chassis was pretty good, as well---Still miss it and if it wasn't for that crappy Russian steel and it's propensity to rust, think I would still have it)---So, the GTV-6, that is, until, hopefully, I get a Giulia Ti, which after a test drive, promises much!
 

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My first car was an 82’ Lancia Zagato, Beta coupe based targa, passed down to me from my father. It was white so I of course had it painted rosso corsa. That brings me to my second car; a brown Lancia Beta coupe...for parts to keep the Zagato on the road :D

I’m so happy to be back in an Italian car after all these years. If Alfa hadn’t returned to the US I think I would have been looking around for a nice Delta Integrale. I’ve always loved those boxy little AWD beasts. It breaks my heart to see what’s become of Lancia these days.

Kinda ironic I also lusted over the Thelma 8.32 for years. Think of it... a Ferrari derived engine powering a sports sedan with active aero! Now I have just that and couldn’t be happier!
 

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Jaguar XK-140 FHC
but I wanted to go fast, so sold it and bought a TZ 250J GP bike.

I had a 57 Morris Oxford briefly, with lightweight oxidized body and dual (or triple) pump clutch pedal - sold a Spitfire for a down payment on first house, and needed a very cheap car for a bit. Once the house was closed, a 911 replaced the Morris.
 

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"So, the GTV-6, that is, until, hopefully, I get a Giulia Ti, which after a test drive, promises much!"

Love it! I'm in the process of selling my Milano, leaving me the '17 Ti and the '81 GTV6. The GTV6 eases the pain of not being able to drive a manual Giulia. Unfortunately my wife doesn't want me taking my boys in the old Alfa among all the hulking SUVs on Maryland roads, so its days are numbered, but I'll enjoy it for a while longer. And some day, after it is eventually sold, like Clarkson, I can say the car I miss most is my GTV6 :).
 
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My first car was a 1934 Chev Tudor......and now after over one hundred cars, a boat, a motorhome and countless pickup trucks, many a track day in BMWs, Miatas and Porsches I have settled into my Giulia Ti......

The most fun car ever was a Mazdaspeed 3....torque steer and all.. it was a fast blast with great seats..
 

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GT6, I wanted one so bad - until I drove on on snow. serious lack of traction.

favorites, GTV 1750 and Alfetta sedan, which I preferred to the coupe, which is why I didn't jump at a GTV6, and the Milabo didn't do it for me

and a ride in a super B 440 6pack, when I drove a TR3, was a hair raising experience.
 

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First car was a 1973 Fiat 850 Spider. Wish i could find a mint one. Third car was a 1976 280Z. i really loved that car. 1988 Iroc Z Convertible, aah, those were the days. These three bought new as were most of my cars. 1991 Porsche 928 GT. Great car, burnt down on my driveway in a rain storm on a Saturday night. Monday I had an appointment with Porsche about a problem with the car shorting out. Never made it for obvious reasons. 1997 Mustang Cobra, great muscle car. 1982 911SC, had it for a year and sold it for what I paid. I thought it was under powered. I guess the 280Z was my all time favorite. 21 years old at the time. 1999 Corvette convertible. Nice car also.
 

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1996 Opel Calibra in jungle green. Got the same reaction from people as what I am getting now with the Giulia.
 
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