As you may have read elsewhere, Molly the Allegro, Declan, Alexander and me made it to Naples in one piece. Had it not been for Alexander’s calm evaluation of the mechanical situation, it might well have been a bit different. Either way, we made it, and it seems we should all be very pleased with ourselves about the achievement.
You see, Allegros have a reputation for unreliability, and that meant that most people (myself included) came to the conclusion that we’d never make it to Naples. I must admit that the clonking from the front suspension quickly eroded my confidence in the car, but as Alexander quickly concluded, it was nothing serious, and we could put it out of our minds. It seemed he managed it, but it took me a lot longer to do the same…
If you discount this problem, and the water leak, we really did have a trouble-free run, and it is great to report some good news on the Allegro front.
However, I really didn’t want to bring Molly home, and that meant that Alexander – who really couldn’t stand the idea of us scrapping a perfectly healthy car – took Molly back to Germany, and is now preparing her for sale over there. I hope he manages it, although I have to say, after following him through The Dolomites and The Alps, and seeing him enjoy himself as much as he did, I am a little sad he didn’t decide to keep Molly for himself.
I guess that’s down to one thing – styling. He told me that he enjoyed the drive, but wished it wasn’t quite as ugly as it was.
In a way, his and Declan’s opinion on the Allegro are a microcosm of the British car market back in 1973. They are both enthusiastic ADO16 owners and both had the opportunty to take on Allegro ownership – and yet, both baulked from such an undertaking.
Be that as it may, we all enjoyed the experience, even if it was tense at times, and I’m sure more long distance trips could be in the offing in the future…
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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