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Re: Rarest 20VT in the world? [Re: ryvinson] #1630642
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Yes, the 20VT’s an ideal lifestyle car for the frivolous weekend getaways and the lazy drives to pubs, restaurants, theatres and the golf club. While the other cars are auto variants, a 6-speed stick’s indeed a very nice change. Rarely feel the need to floor the accelerator, being largely satisfied with the 20VT as a docile beast of leisure.

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View from the salt mines (my office lol) - the crawling Friday traffic ”car park” that would cripple any 20VT!

And the simple pleasures to wind down a crazy week. Enjoy yours!

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The spit and polish. Original paintwork just as it was in the showroom eons ago.

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The local MOT day. PASS!
”Lulus” means ”pass” in the local language.
And before that, a good wash.

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Re: Rarest 20VT in the world? [Re: ryvinson] #1631381
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Came as dealer fitted. Saved bodywork from from dings and dents. A necessary evil, as parking bay spaces here are less than generous. Even a pygmy would feel claustrophobic.

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Gosh, you have kept it in perfect nick the way people do with their Ferraris! I would be scared to drive it in case I scraped it.


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Re: Rarest 20VT in the world? [Re: ryvinson] #1631392
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What kind of attention/comments does it get in Malaysia?

Like in the UK, I've noticed it tends to be true car enthusiasts (those that don't care about badges) and kids who comment on the Coop.

Apart from that, nobody else really seems to be bothered nowadays.

For instance, something like a Supra will turn everybody's head, whether or not they are interested in cars. The amount of attention that car gets is just unbelievable! shocked

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The local MOT day. PASS!
”Lulus” means ”pass” in the local language.
And before that, a good wash.


Sold?



Re: Rarest 20VT in the world? [Re: ryvinson] #1631405
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Not short of offers, and negotiations ongoing. Aussie and American expats are the keenest.

Re: Rarest 20VT in the world? [Re: AnnieMac] #1631406
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Originally Posted by AnnieMac
Gosh, you have kept it in perfect nick the way people do with their Ferraris! I would be scared to drive it in case I scraped it.


Thanks to an amazing mechanic and a trusty driver who maintains the 20VT’s condition while I’m away on business or back in Australia. Other than that, no special effort for its upkeep. That said, I’m careful where I park, as vandalism and tight parking spaces are nightmares.

Sorry for the drama with your coupe. Moot point I know, but it would be an easy, fast and inexpensive fix over here.

Re: Rarest 20VT in the world? [Re: JKD] #1631407
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Originally Posted by JKD
What kind of attention/comments does it get in Malaysia?

Like in the UK, I've noticed it tends to be true car enthusiasts (those that don't care about badges) and kids who comment on the Coop.

Apart from that, nobody else really seems to be bothered nowadays.

For instance, something like a Supra will turn everybody's head, whether or not they are interested in cars. The amount of attention that car gets is just unbelievable! shocked



The 20VT’s not especially attention-grabbing here, although I have seen people doing double takes when parked at bars or clubs. On odd occasions, some will mill around the car to check it out. Expats and tourists seem to be more drawn to the car than locals. That’s just about the extent it stands out from my limited experiences. Perhaps, the many head-turning supercars here have taken the shine off the 20VT lol.

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The Friday nite traffic madness.
All forgotten with some pints with the mates, and a hot meal.
Cheers all!

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Blistering hot day. Pulled over at a coconut stall by the roadside for blissful relief.

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Almost all enquiries begin with a startled “why’s the mileage so low for a 19-year old car?”!

The gentleman in the pic, an ex-racer and pit stop technician, spent nearly an hour poring through the car for rusts, dampness, damage, mechanical faults et al, but just couldn’t find any to his frustration. He, especially, couldn’t find any evidence that the mileage was tempered with, saying it was a trade secret in knowing how he could tell.

I didn’t show him the carefully collated maintenance records from Day One, attesting to the mileage at each service interval, excluding the wheel changes and tyre rotations, which I made sure the mileage is recorded as well.

I think my legal background has something to do with my OCD in documenting evidence lol.

No, I’m not hell bent on keeping the 20VT as the lowest mileage in the world. It’s strictly a leisure car for the lazy Malaysian weekends, which I’m not around to enjoy, being mostly an Aussie resident.

For the record, the mileage is 6,048 miles (9,734 km) today.

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ryvinson is yours a Malaysian model?

The side indicators are round and I thought only European models had the round ones and that models sold everywhere else had the rectangle ones? confused

Re: Rarest 20VT in the world? [Re: ryvinson] #1632040
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Re: Rarest 20VT in the world? [Re: barnacle] #1632048
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Originally Posted by barnacle
It'll be run in soon! laugh


Haha...the mileage can be embarrassing...

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ryvinson is yours a Malaysian model?

The side indicators are round and I thought only European models had the round ones and that models sold everywhere else had the rectangle ones? confused


Yes, shipped directly from Torino to Malaysia.

Not aware of the indicators’ shape. I think the 20VTs here follow UK specs, including the spare rim.

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ryvinson, would you say that Malaysia's overall warm weather and therefore little rain and therefore little mud as well as little snow and therefore little salt on the roads, has all played a big part in helping to keep your Coop rust free?

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No snow here and no salt put on roads, but plenty of rain and high humidity all year round. I think garaging the car and frequent washes help to keep the rust at bay. That’s excluding the fact that its seldom driven.

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Let there be suds!

Amazing how photogenic the 20VT is after all these years. Surely, one of the most underrated cars in auto history.

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The best thing about owning a 20VT here is the low-cost maintenance, spare parts availability and a handful of excellent mechanics specialising in the car’s service and repairs. And yet, many 20VTs are under-serviced and overdriven, as owners stinge on preventive maintenance. 20VTs with a full service history with dated workshop invoices as proof have to be very rare.

The mechanic (pic below), who keeps my car’s mechanicals in top shape, is so 20VT experienced that I swear he can do a cambelt change blind, and in half the time it would take the next best mechanic with 20/20 sight! A no-frills workshop in the outer suburbs, but has to be the best for Alfas and 20VTs.

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Nothing like a cast of thousands to keep a car squeaky clean. Almost criminal to have labour that cheap here, but that’s another story for another day.

Been away (US/Canada) for a while. Looking forward to drives to pub/bars to keep the mileage low lol.

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....a good cause day....sorry Salvos, not the 20VT this time...

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Just why the 20VT’s original paintwork’s still looking damn good, after 18 years from the factory, has to be a happy mystery. Could it be the “foreplay” washes?

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Just why the 20VT’s original paintwork’s still looking damn good, after 18 years from the factory, has to be a happy mystery. Could it be the “foreplay” washes?


I could think of 9,776 reasons. wink

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Just why the 20VT’s original paintwork’s still looking damn good, after 18 years from the factory, has to be a happy mystery. Could it be the “foreplay” washes?


I could think of 9,776 reasons. wink


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