May 9 Weekly Open Thread--A Brace of Alliances
This weekend, I discovered something remarkable, namely that what have to be the two nicest AMC/Renault Alliances remaining in the world are both for sale at the same time. Which, in turn, raises the question whether you find any Alliance, no matter how nice, even remotely desirable. Given that this is a crisply styled 1980s French car with an AMC affiliation and was available as a lumpy five-door, I think you can guess my answer.
Alliance No. 1 is a 1987 Alliance five-door that has 110,000 miles but that has been completely and lovingly restored to original. It's in staggeringly good condition, and would be a fantastic choice for the person who urgently wants to drive a brand new 1987 Alliance. If, you know, that person exists.
Actually, Alliance No. 2 would be an even better choice, given that it is still basically brand new--it's an Alliance convertible with only 340 miles. It truly is stunning, with its vintage hubcaps, pinstriping, and its lovely soft blue interior.
I always liked the Alliance a bit, particularly the GTA model, but it always lagged behind the Fuego for me during this era. But I would very happily drive either of these two cars.
If you found a car undesirable when it was new, would you feel differently if you saw a perfectly preserved example now?