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Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
Others have noted this elsewhere, but it might help to put have some context to accompany the above pictures and ending prices...
I was at the 2014 Quail-Bonhams, primarily to get a data point on the silver Montreal that sold for 90k+ premium for a total of 99k.
The paint job was shiny, but appeared over-thick and very freshly sprayed. Overspray was visible in a variety of places. Pretty much all of the exterior screws, such as for the tail light lenses, were completely rusty and red. The wheel wells appeared very freshly sprayed with thick under-coating. The engine bay showed no effort toward restoration, and appeared to be that of a well-used driver. The interior was ordinary, but not tatty, except for what appeared to be freshly recovered (in red) seats. I seem to recall that the trim bar that covers the rear hatch latches was missing, and there were other trim issues in the trunk area. The tires were not a name I recognized. Wheels appeared to have been re-sprayed with the tires still mounted, showing both runs and missed areas as though they had been re-sprayed on the car and some directions were too hard to reach. Weird textured black sprayed onto rocker panels. Cracked windshield
I cannot report on the sound of the engine, how it drives, or any mechanical issues.
Using the standard description terms, the car would have been ranked a 3 or 4. It may well have been more than "well sold", which was the SCM opinion of the sale.
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...