For today we must have an Alfa 156.

It was available in brown, manual, diesel and wagon versions and quite possibly all of these at once.

Here’s a brown Sportwagon, not diesel and not manual - it has the dreaded Selespeed automated manual.

The 156 was introduced as a four door in 1997 and won Car of the Year in 1998. The Sportwagon arrived in 2000. The 156 was made with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines from a 1.6 Twin Spark with 120 hp up to a 3.2V6 with 250 bhp. Many however were fitted with diesels, usually a 1.9 four and less often with a 2.4 five. The 2.4 was the first common rail diesel used in a car.

In the event that the 3.2 was insufficient for your needs Autodelta did a high performance model with initially 328 hp from a 3.8 litre variant of the V6 and later 400 hp once a supercharger had been added.