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kayes



Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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Stumbled upon this old Alfa Romeo GTV2000 along Kuala Kangsar Road last week. Owned one of these in 1974 and it was a beautiful machine. Next to it is an old barber's chair or is it a dentist's chair? Smile
· Date: October 22, 2008 · Views: 22161 ·
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hokin

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 118
October 24, 2008 11:18pm

You do not see many of these or MGs on the roads these days What type of speed did you manage to crank it to back in 74?


I wouldn't mind getting hold of an old barber chair and restoring it. Wonder if the owner is willing to sell.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,819
October 25, 2008 3:30am

Hokin, both the Alfa and the barber's chair are for sale. I didn't inquire the price of the barber's chair but I asked about the Alfa because I have a website about vintage/classic cars. My GTV2000 had a top speed of 120 mph (last time all calibration was in mph and not kmh) and I could hit 100/110 mph without much problem and the only place where I could do this was at the "Tanjong Malim stretch" which had about the longest straight on our old highway. At the same time I had a Porsche 911S with a half race engine. It's top speed was around 138 mph and getting up to 120 mph was a cinch. Overall, I liked the Alfa better because it was such a versatile car.
hokin

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 118
October 25, 2008 6:26am

I have not driven a Porsche so I cannot compare or comment but Alfas are indeed a good ride. Somehow the Italians seem to get their road handling so well. I drive my 147 whenever I can. My recent trip to Ipoh was such a joy driving the 147, it is really responsive. I was told driving a Maserati is another totally different story! Wink
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,819
October 25, 2008 6:37am

hello to an Alfista Smile Alfa Romeos are indeed drivers' cars. They instill confidence and subtly urge you to go faster. And when the tail starts to break to throw you into a possible spin, it gives you due notice so that you have time to correct it. Forza Alfa!
susan s

Registered: October 2008
Posts: 289
October 26, 2008 5:10am

I have a "hand-me-down" from my brother - 1984 BMW 520i; big bumper; manual; and automatic sun-roof. The interior still in good origional condition, I just got it reprayed about 3 years ago (metallic oven-baked). Engine is good and so far no major complaints or problems. The only draw-back is the knob of the gear box stick (where those numerials written as 1 - 2 - 3 -4 - 5 - R) was broken. Whenever my friends see it, they yell: "Ganasnya!!" When mechanics see it, they will always comment: "How you drive one lah?" To me, I just couldn't bother or find it urgent to replace it; after all we do not need those markings to tell us whether we are in gear one or reverse gear. This car is maintained by my regular workshop where all the boys are I.T.I. trained and they are reliable and trustworthy. For for the road tax, insurance and Puspakom routine, I have my regular agent to handle it. The registration card (I call it birth cert. states one owner only and still under my brother's name).I love the car very much. It is comfortable; stable and speed if you so wish. Great for driving up to Fraser's Hills; Cameron Highlands; Genting Highlands and Bukit Tinggi since it is sun-roof. I always tell myself, if I have the sufficient money and want to change to a new car, BMW is definite my choice!


As for city driving, I have my 660c.c. Viva. It is a good car - economical and comfort when compared to Kancil. I just got my RM625.00 rebate. Perodua has a good after sale service. Whenver I send my car for service, they would call me about 2 or 3 days after service. Just to enquire if the car is okay or if I have any complaint. Syabas to PERODUA!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,819
October 26, 2008 5:46am

Hi Susan, my little Smart Fortwo is 698 cc and the road tax is only RM20 p.a. It is a great feeling for me when I go to renew the road tax. I had a couple of Range Rovers before and the road tax was RM3569 p.a I love cars with sun roofs and I am glad to hear you do open the sunroof. Beemers have come a long way and I like the new 5 series. A M3 would be fine :-)
susan s

Registered: October 2008
Posts: 289
October 26, 2008 6:55am

Hahha, I use the sun roof when the sun is not around or when up in the highlands. The 6 series is my dream car. Real "dream car"!!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,819
October 26, 2008 5:07pm

I found this article in one of my drawers a few minutes ago. I wrote it for the AAM magazine, DRIVE in 1991. The 2nd generation Honda CRX was indeed a "pocket rocket" as dubbed by the British press during its launch. I gave a running report of my own car and I described it as the Japanese version of the famed Mini Cooper S in the 60s. Truly chuckable and hard to catch. It was like a rollercoaster ride all the way. It had a big sunroof Smile I bought the car from Ignatius Chew of Ban Hoe Seng in Kampar Road. Altogether I bought 6 Hondas from him over the years.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/pocketrock.jpg
susan s

Registered: October 2008
Posts: 289
October 27, 2008 4:20am

A superb car. Honda is always the best car among all Japanese and Korean cars, I am constantly told. Curious about the big sun roof. Maybe you can elaborate a bit more about it. Can sun rays enter into the car when the sun roof is not in used?


Fascinated with the number, three same alphabets and three same numeral. How much you paid for it?


Oh yes, Kayes, I have some doubts about my car maybe you can help. Last week or so, my rmp needle was below 1/2 (morning after ignition) and the car was not very smooth. So I sent the car to my regular workshop, the mechanic said it was due to the caborator and he adjusted the "tuning" to the air-cond belt. The car is okay so far till today. He did not charge anything. Is that anything wrong with the caborator?


One more question, what is decarbonization since I see white smoke coming out from the exhaust after ignation in the morning? Thanks!!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,819
October 27, 2008 5:34am

hi Susan, I suppose you are talking about your BMW? Well, the carburettor is the pre-cursor of fuel injection and its main job is to give you a proper mixture of air and petrol vapour so that your car can run smoothly and efficiently. Certain mechanics (like Ah Keong) are able to tweak your carburation so well that your car could go faster than others of the same kind. Ah Keong was a wizard with the older Alfas. Fuel injection controlled by software has restricted his talents. Your Beemer is 24 years old and certain parts like the carburretor may be worn through wear and tear and also your aircon pulley and belt would probably be slightly out of alignment. All these factors will make tuning your car more difficult than when it was new but from what you said in your message, I wouldn't be too worried. It is just old age. Now white smoke from the exhaust usually suggests too rich a mixture and some tuning should be able to improve it. Blue smoke is bad vibes and which usually indicates problems with your engine's cylinders. Decarbonisation (or a decoke) means cleaning your engine (especially the cylinder and cylinder walls) of the carbon deposits and it is a major job.


I bought the number "AAA777" from Horlan Tung (the former Sales Manager of City Motors, Ipoh) for RM6k. It was first put on my Alfa Romeo GTV6 (a true rocketship) and later transferred to other cars. I think the Honda CRX was the 4th car to use that number. Everyone who saw my CRX commented about the "big" sunroof but I am not sure how big it really was. It looked big because the sunroof took up almost all the available part of the car's roof. If you look at the pic of the CRX carefully you can see that the rear windscreen of the car is bigger than other cars and therefore, the metal roof is smaller. It is not a moon roof meaning that the sun's rays can get through like in the Smart Forfour and quite a number of imported Japanese cars. It was a metal sun roof and if I don't open it, the sun's rays will not get through.


Pic below shows my Alfa Romeo GTV6 which I owned from 1981 to 1985. I really enjoyed this car Smile Even James Bond drove it in Octopussy.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/gtv6.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,819
October 27, 2008 5:57am

I also used the numbers "PP777" and "AB777". In pic below you can see PP777 on my Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV. Next to it was my Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint which had just arrived and wasn't registered yet. The Alfasud Sprint was later registered as "AB777".


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/alfetta.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,819
October 27, 2008 6:11am

And I also used "ABC777". It was on a Range Rover Vogue (as shown in pic below), a Volvo Station 245 Wagon, a Mugen Honda Civic Hatchback and a Honda Accord. Pic below shows my Rangie waiting for the Governor of Penang to open the track in the 1986 Penang Circuit Races. Quite often, the Penang Motor Sports Club which organised the Penang Circuit Races would borrow one of my cars for the Governor to travel in when he opened the track.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/rangie.jpg
susan s

Registered: October 2008
Posts: 289
October 27, 2008 6:44am

Hi Kayes, thanks for the tips and explanations about the condition of my car!


All your 777 car numbers are fascinating esp. the AAA777 (not easy to have 3 same alphabets and three numerals together). It seems to me you love to have collections of your hobbies, like your watches; your cameras; your Macs; your car numbers...... Captivating!!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,819
October 27, 2008 6:51am

Susan, all these hobbies have left me penniless in my retirement. I now take only one meal a day and walk whenever possible to save money Smile
susan s

Registered: October 2008
Posts: 289
October 27, 2008 6:55am

Joker!! Real Joker!! I believe you, Kayes.!!! Smile!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,819
November 7, 2008 8:12pm

This pic was taken by Hokin. He asked whether this Alfa was one of my old cars.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/hokinalfa.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,819
November 7, 2008 8:32pm

Hokin, I didn't own that Alfa before. It is a 1972 Alfa Romeo 1600GT, judging by the tail lights and the wheel rims. Where did you take the pic? Pic below shows one of the Alfa Romeo 2000GTV owned by me from 1974 to 1977. I sold it to a chap who paid me cash and 3 months later, I got a visit from a police inspector who told me that the car was used for smuggling drugs and he took a statement from me. Of course, he did not accuse me of any wrongdoing but explained that since I was the previous owner of the car, they needed to question me. I have never seen PQ7227 again and all my Alfa kakis also have no idea where it is. I keep a register of all 105 series Alfa coupes. If you ever see PQ7227, please take a pic and let me know where it is.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/alfagtv.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,819
November 7, 2008 9:35pm

Hokin, I also owned this one before. It is also a 2000GTV.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/alfagtv2.jpg
susan s

Registered: October 2008
Posts: 289
November 8, 2008 2:38am

Alfa vs. BM...........
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,819
November 8, 2008 3:11am

Susan, I owned one of the quickest BMWs ever made and that was the BMW 3.0Si, a 4-door saloon. Beautiful straight 6 cylinder three liter engine. I bought it new from Continental Motors in Kampar Road. It was a powerful machine. Damn fast in a straight line and in good weather. The Alfa could never match it in those conditions. But when the rains came and the roads got twisty, I would want to be behind the wheel of an Alfa. I heard present day Beemers have come a long way and their performance in slippery conditions has greatly improved just in case I am flamed by BMW owners Smile I used "PP777" on that Beemer.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/beem.jpg
hokin

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 118
November 8, 2008 5:42am

The pic of the 1600GT is not taken by me. It is from another forumer on another forum where he talks about an Alfa specialist that has a few classic alfas that are just rotting away in his yard. Since the registration plate was a Penang plate, I thought it could be one of the alfas that once belonged to you.....the last three numbers are similar to your 2000GTV! Do you remember seeing this car back in the 70s? There cannot be that many Alfa GTs then. How much would it set someone back to buy a brand new 1600GT back in the 70s?
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,819
November 8, 2008 5:50am

Don't remember PN4227 at all but I will check my register to see if it is there. I bought PQ7227 new in 1974 for RM26800 and I spent another RM4000 to race tune it. The 1600GT should have been about RM20000.
susan s

Registered: October 2008
Posts: 289
November 8, 2008 7:32am

Hi Kayes, was there any anti-rust problems with any of your fleet of Alfs. My family owned a Fiat 500. After that Fiat 131 Super Mirafori. Don't know much about the Fiat 500 but the Fiat 131 got many problems like: rust, over heating problem. One of my neighbours is having a Fiat Coupe 2,000 c.c. (I like the sporty look and the cute little tail lights). I did ask him whether the car got those problems like over heating and rust. I think, he "sayang" his "darling" so much and the answer he gave was not very convincing. BTW, have you tried the new Fiat 500 and its sun roof looks very beautiful!!
susan s

Registered: October 2008
Posts: 289
November 8, 2008 7:54am

What year you bought the car and for how much? If I am no wrong, BMW was quite new to the Malaysian market when compared to Alfa; Volvo; Benze etc. etc.


P.S. Cute and sweet baby. The baby chair is a sought about item now. The other day, my cousin searched the whole of China town and couldn't get this multi tasks chair. Smile
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,819
November 8, 2008 8:04am

hi Susan, I like the new Fiat 500 very much and depending on whether my Chifa Book helps out, I would like to run out now and buy one. I recently read Jeremy Clarkson's opinion on this trendy Fiat and he gave it thumbs up. I had a 1963 Fiat 500 which I bought in 1992 and gave it a complete ground up restoration. Pic below shows my Fiat with a friend's Alfa Montreal. I sold the 500 in 1996 and it is now in Butterworth. I loved that little Fiat which had a "sunroof" made of canvas and you just rolled it back. If you look carefully at the pic you can see how the sunroof folds back. The little cinquecento had "suicide doors" which opened from the front and at speed they tend to fly open without any warning. That added to the fun in driving the car because I would have to guess which door to catch Smile Can you remember the registration number of your family's Fiat 500?


I didn't own any Alfa long enough to encounter rust problems but I do know that the most notorious "rusters" in Alfas are the early Berlinas and Guilias .... those used as police cars in this country. I used mostly the coupes and they were made of better Italian steel Smile


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/fiat500.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,819
November 8, 2008 8:23am

Susan, that bamboo baby chair can be found in Ipoh at a "rattan shop" a few doors away from the Kong Heng coffee shop. Each time I pass that shop, I can see two or three being displayed for sale.


I bought the BMW 3.0Si in 1976 which I think was the same year that Continental Motors launched BMWs in this country. I am not sure how much I paid but I think it was about RM48k. You are right. Alfas, Volvos and Mercedes were marketed long before the Beemers came in. Prior to BMW being sold officially by Continental Motors, some people privately brought in the BMW 2002 for sale. The 2002Tii was a very fast car and I almost bought one.
susan s

Registered: October 2008
Posts: 289
November 8, 2008 3:38pm

Can't remember the no. but it was registered in Perak with the alphabet "A".
susan s

Registered: October 2008
Posts: 289
November 8, 2008 3:44pm

BMW 2000Tii?? Have not heard about it. Do you have a pic of it or some desp. about it like the no. doors, c.c., manual or auto. My 1984 BM came with automatic windows. Amazing cos it was in 1984.
susan s

Registered: October 2008
Posts: 289
November 8, 2008 4:04pm

That J.C. got into trouble with his comments.
susan s

Registered: October 2008
Posts: 289
November 8, 2008 4:21pm

Kayes, I have just made an eunquiry: - The Fiat 131 was registered in Perak but the Fiat 500 was bought second-hand with a Selangor plate.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,819
November 8, 2008 5:27pm

For a pic of the BMW 2002Tii, just Google it and you will find many pics. Meanwhile I will search my archive of car photos and see if I have any. The standard 2002 was an "okay car" but the Tii (fuel injected) was fast. I had a "race" with a 2002Tii (a Singapore registered car) from Seremban to KL along the old road sometime in 1975. I was driving my Porsche and he gave me a good fight. I arrived in KL first of course Smile
susan s

Registered: October 2008
Posts: 289
November 8, 2008 5:49pm

After viewing the pics from Goofle, I think I have seen few units of BMW 2000T on the road. Surprisingly, they are "flat nose" and with small bumper.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,819
August 30, 2014 2:26am

Orange sent me a pic of an Alfa Romeo Berlina which belonged to her family. She never mentioned the pretty girl standing by the car and so we have to guess .....


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics8/orangealfa.jpg
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
August 31, 2014 5:43am

Ha Ha Kayes! I thought you wanted the pic. of NE4422 ONLY!! Smile Smile



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