Talked with Lino this morning down at Alfa of Tacoma. Almost all of the parts are gone, as yes, Centerline took most of them. He said twenty pallets of parts, plus exhaust systems, etc. He didn't realize he had so much. Lino wasn't all that happy with the price but it had to happen. They have two floors cleaned now, and several cars yet to go out. He said that people still stop by to get something done, the two hating to leave anyone by the side of the road. Lino finally did buy maybe his last "souvenir" Alfa, a 78 Spider. Wanted something for the remembrances, and they enjoy driving around in it.
We reminisced about our many years knowing each other, me first meeting him in 1964 at Abruzzi's Pizza downtown Seattle, where he first worked. Didn't know who he was at that time, but "officially" met him a year or so later when I bought Carlo's Alfa. And the fact that I knew his future wife years back in the local high-school.
He thought that the two of them had had a good life with the Alfa business, that really neither one of them wants to give it up but that things must change for the future. The offspring as usual not wanting to pick up the business, as usually happens with family run businesses/restaurants. Carlo of course will have his hobby storage building so that he can still fiddle with cars and engines at his pleasure. Can't run a real business out of there.
Not particularly Alfa related, but our very good friend who lives in Vancouver, BC now, married to a well to do woman, called to chat, and in conversation mentioned that they were looking to buy a new car, a new Ferrari 488 Spider. Either that or a Mercedes AMG GTR for half the price. Breaks my everloving heart. He is now living a nice life, and she is so sweet, even if she is a hard-nosed company owner.
I mentioned that they could test drive the new Giulia Quad, but she really wants a Coupe or the like. Didn't like any of the Lambos, and McLaren, etc, thought they were not them, too flash, lol.
1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 06-18-2019 at 10:26 PM.