NARRATIVE: The Misconception

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Alfa-Romeo (Type 116) GTV6 by Centro Stile Alfa-Romeo

There are people with an aura everybody gravitates to. This is an aura that captures the hearts and minds of their allies and foes. This is an aura that does not elicit fear in the minds of others. Instead, it has a tendency to heighten the degree to which allies are endeared by it. This is an aura that commands respect in the minds of individuals who have the conviction to relegate the existence of the person who they may detest to that of being a permanent enemy. This aura has the capacity to expose the humanity that hides in the hearts of all the people who may be steadfast enough to believe that the HATE they have for the person in possession of this aura is destined for a lifetime.

The extent to which the world gravitates towards individuals with this aura serves as evidence of their pursuit to never compromise themselves for the sake of others. These are people who do not conform to the pressures that cast individuals into that tell-tale abyss where everybody is found when they try to please everyone. These are people who respect themselves, and the world respects them in return. The possession of this aura is a virtue that denies them the misfortune of falling victim to the misconception of assuming that decency will be shown to them by others. These are people who live their lives in awareness of the Aesopian adage “PLEASE ALL, AND YOU WILL PLEASE NONE.”

Beauty is subjective by nature. As such, beauty is a concept that possesses different connotations for different people. The concept of beauty creates opinions that can polarize society. It is a concept that depends on the senses, the manner in which someone has been socialized and the manner in which a person defines and interprets reality. As such, the classic idea of beauty being in the eyes of the beholder carries a great and infinite truth. This classic idea holds true for another classic – the Alfa-Romeo GTV6 – a car that continues to polarize opinions among car enthusiasts and Alfa-Romeo fanatics alike. The polarizing nature of this car causes certain individuals to adore it for its positive attributes, while the opinions of others are driven by the known faults of the car, of which there can be no denying.

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“The Alfa-Romeo GTV6 is a car that continues to polarize opinions among car enthusiasts and Alfa-Romeo fanatics alike. The polarizing nature of this car causes certain individuals to adore it for its positive attributes, while the opinions of others are driven by the known faults of the car, of which there can be no denying.”

The Alfa-Romeo GTV6 is a vehicle that was configured with a rear-mounted clutch and gearbox assembly, coupled to a front-mounted engine. The result of this development led to the creation of a vehicle that has been touted for its balance, handling and traction. Conversely, the known faults of the Alfa-Romeo GTV6 penetrate the mind like heroin pulsating through the veins of an addict – there can be no denying of its effects on the perception of reality. One such fault involved rust – a consequence of the financial difficulties that plagued Alfa-Romeo during the production era of the GTV6. Such financial difficulties eroded at the integrity of Alfa-Romeo to the extent where it was purchased by Fiat, creating a chapter in the history of the Alfa-Romeo bible, during which the term “quality control” was completely eradicated from the Alfa-Romeo vocabulary.

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“The Alfa-Romeo GTV6 is a vehicle that was configured with a rear-mounted clutch and gearbox assembly, coupled to a front-mounted engine. The result of this development led to the creation of a vehicle that has been touted for its handling and traction.”

Alfa-Romeo has had an extensive history with South Africa – a history which led to the production of a number of vehicles as legendary as the Alfa-Romeo Giulia Sprint GT. As such, it would be assumed that as a member of the South African population, my knowledge of the production of the Alfa-Romeo GTV6 in South Africa would be more than adequate. However, never before has the contrary been truer. I have only ever seen an Alfa-Romeo GTV6 once in my life; covered in dust and cobwebs in a junkyard. This is a sight that has made me realize a horrible truth about human behavior. Often, people find themselves in the midst of genius while being completely oblivious to its existence. This leaves me in mind of the sort of people who spend their lives disguised in crowds – disappearing in front of the eyes of the people they are surrounded by, while being present to the needs of society at a moment in time.

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“Alfa-Romeo has had an extensive history with South Africa – a history which led to the production of a number of vehicles as legendary as the Alfa-Romeo Giulia Sprint GT.”

If the Alfa-Romeo GTV6 was to be punished for its structural imperfections, then it would have never graced the highways and back roads that the world has to offer. This may be a vehicle that the uninitiated motorist, who does not form part of the world of the automotive enthusiast, would be too scared to consider purchasing. However, the appeal of this car grants it the aura of an individual who the world gravitates to. Its faults are identical to the stubbornness that leaves people to their own devices in the pursuit of authenticity. This is a vehicle which proves that cars are more than the sum of their parts.

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“If the Alfa-Romeo GTV6 was to be punished for its mechanical and structural imperfections, then it would have never graced the highways and back roads that the world has to offer.”

“The Alfa-Romeo GTV6 is a car which proves that cars are more than the sum of their parts.”

 

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