Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Connecticut, USA
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My copy arrived yesterday, so I haven't had a chance to read very much of it, but there are lots and lots of good photos from the Darracq days before Alfa up to this year (including the new Giulietta). There are some typos and grammatical errors here and there in the bits that I did read, seems like it might have crept in during translation, but it's not unreadable by any means. It's printed on rather heavy paper. Scattered throughout are little one- and two-page side bits on some of the personalities involved over the course of Alfa's history, like Ferrari, Nuvolari, Varzi, Campari, Merosi, Jano, etc., and interesting sidebars with, for example, an extract of an interview with Scaglione describing how the Giulietta Sprint came to be designed. Some photos of prototypes leading up to the final form of certain cars. A lot more on Merosi than I'd seen before. I'll have a better-informed opinion once I've got some time to really dig into it (though I must have spent two hours just flipping pages last night), but so far I'm not at all sorry that I bought it.
Regarding buying it from Buy.com, I opted for the free shipping, which can be a gamble timewise, not knowing when they might get around to sending something out, but in this instance it was prompt and I don't know that it would have gotten here any faster had I chosen a normal (rather than overnight or second-day) paid option.
1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce
1987 Alfa Romeo Milano d'Oro
Director, Connecticut branch, Scuderia Non Originale