Sometimes after a long day at the office almost entirely spent sitting in an office chair, you feel like stretching your legs. And while some people may dislike the cacophony of peak hour (rush hour) traffic and the exhaust fumes, I like to go for a walk and do a little car-spotting. With the price of parking in Brisbane’s CBD, the legions of peak hour vehicles tend to be occupied by late-model luxury vehicles. Occasionally, however, you spot some genuine classics.
I’m no Alfisti so I cannot identify the specific model of 105/115 Series Alfa Romeo coupe pictured above, but perhaps one of my fellow Curbsiders can. We can all, however, marvel at the wonderful condition it is in. Trust an Alfa Romeo to look good even when painted in plain old silver/gray.
The other two noteworthy cars are painted in a similar hue. On the right is a Subaru Fiori, one of Subaru’s kei cars that had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it run on the Australian market. It replaced the similarly unpopular Sherpa, although I have no doubt both cars were vastly more successful in their home market where both were known as the Rex. Aussie-market Fioris used a four-cylinder, 758 cc engine. But of course, the Japanese domestic market received all manner of intriguing derivatives including a full-time 4WD variant with a limited slip differential and supercharged two- and four-cylinder engines.
On the left is a Chrysler (née Mitsubishi) Galant, better known to North American Curbsiders as the Dodge Colt. I can’t say I see too many of these around; contemporary Mazdas are more common, at least those with rotary engines. These were the predecessor to the Chrysler Sigma, later renamed Mitsubishi when Chrysler’s Australian operations ceased, and it was that Sigma that came to dominate the mid-sized, four-cylinder segment in Australia for many years. Interestingly, these Galants were sold for a time as the Chrysler Valiant Galant until Chrysler made the wise decision to stop pasting the Valiant name on smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles. After all, would buyers associate the name “Ford Crown Victoria Fiesta” with a little fuel-sipper?
Usually a peak hour stroll allows me the opportunity to view the latest luxury models, like the Bentley Bentayga I spotted the other day. But it’s extra nice when I spot classics instead.
Photographed 5 November 2015 on Roma Street in Brisbane, QLD.