Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
I find myself ambivalent regarding hard tops.
I've known several people over the years that used their 2-liters as daily transportation. I'd be surprised if that were the case anymore. I drive mine an average of 1,200 mile per year, and that only in fair weather. I often take mine out on very chilly, but sunny, days with the convertible top down, just as a way of embracing the full impact of the local beauty.
I have an after market fiberglass top that I could restore if I were motivated. I'm not. I doubt I would ever mount it. If I could find a good enough original top, I'd buy it just as part of the life-long project to complete this car as a sort of long-term investment for my grandson. For the same reason I've restored a set of original wheels that I'll never use. I could imagine going to Concorso with an original hard top mounted, but mainly to keep that burning California sun from roasting me on the way over, and put it on display just to show that rarely seen version.
I've worked with Plexi on aircraft, and would not be bothered about duplicating the rear glass. It appears to be simple, rather than compound, curves, so not all that hard to do.
Carson City, NV
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 30 years) Nearly 50 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...