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Road test / Alfa Romeo

There are things you probably expect from an Alfa Romeo, even if you have no personal experience. You expect it to look good, you'll have heard dark mutterings from enthusiasts that Alfas handle well, and you probably imagine them in red, like Ferraris. Most importantly, you expect a great engine, because that's what gives an Alfa its Cuore Sportivo - its sporting heart.

Motoring / Road Test: Even more room at the top: It looks the same, but the BMW 7-series is an improved car, with the emphasis on space and luxury accessories, says James May

Luxury cars evolve slowly, and the new BMW 7-series is no exception. At first sight the model looks exactly like its predecessor, even though this is a completely new car save for the engine and transmission.

Motor Show 1993: Is that old car a bargain or a burden?: James May provides a guide to some of the more popular classic cars that can be picked up for less than pounds 5,000

YOU HAVE probably bought an old car before, but that was because you were skint, although there was a time at the end of the Eighties when you bought an old car because you were rich or, thought it might make you rich. Before the boom there was a sufficient supply of old - but still interesting - machinery that the ordinary old-car buff could buy for reasonable money and tinker with to the total disinterest of everyone else.

Motor Show 1993: The beaten-up banger with a style all its own: Once you learn to recognise their unique timbre, old cars are a joy to run, writes James May, the proud owner of a Triumph Vitesse

I BELIEVE that an old car should feel like one. My own is a 1967 Triumph Vitesse convertible in pretty appalling condition, and that is the way it should be.

Spending reaches 18-month high

HIGH street spending rose to its highest level for 18 months in September, official figures showed yesterday. Norman Lamont, the Chancellor, said this was evidence that 'recent talk of doom and gloom in the high street is much overstated', writes Robert Chote.
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