Been a while since I replied. Thought I'd share an update.
So my girlfriend and I have landed in Melbourne. Been here for a couple of months now and used Flexicar to get around, but we really wanted to get a car of our own.
A beautiful manual silver 2003 156 2.0 JTS sedan with red leather interior showed up for sale just around the corner from us, so we checked it out today. The owner is also a member of the club and had some other great cars. Really nice guy, definitely knew his cars and the price was good so we got it. The car is in great shape for it's age, apart from a suspension upgrade it's completely original and it runs beautifully.
It's not the 159 I originally planned on going for, but a manual V6 Q4 TI sportswagen is impossible to find. There's a black automatic for sale here in Melbourne which has been for sale for ages. At least 6 months. It looks great, but it's an automatic and the price is a bit too high for my taste.
In addition to that I'm lucky enough to have a girlfriend that quite likes cars as well and has also taken a liking to the Alfa Romeo styling, so we got this as our joint car and if in the future I get something else this'll become her car.
For now I don't have any big plans for it. It has Eibach suspension and the right wheels already. Sits a bit lower which I think suits the car. It's generally in good shape so I'll probably just check it over to get an idea for things that might come up in the near future that I missed while viewing the car now, and really just give it a good clean. Buff up the headlights, that sort of thing.
It has the wooden steering wheel and gear knob which I'll probably swap out. I'll keep the wood though, it's like new and I like the option of going back to original.
The seller will get the RWC done hopefully this week, I'll post some pictures when I have it. And obviously I'll be at Spetacolo Sportivo next year