I have put aside childish dreams of beaten up 190E Cosworths, and instead turned my lusts towards more practical things. I have set myself a limit of £700, but won't be pulling the trigger on any purchases for a few months yet, as I have to see how far my new paycheck will go (start a new job on Monday). Think of these posts as exploratory missions. Today's objects of my desire are Italian beauties of the Twin Spark variety; I nippy little 147, and a 156 with an interior to die for.

2003 Alfa Romeo 147 1.9 T-Spark

1999 Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 T-Spark

What say you, Oppo?

My other thoughts, at the moment, are along the lines of an EK Civic 1.6 VTEC hatch, which can be found for similar money.