Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: San Francisco, CA/Camas, WA USA
I'll add one final point based on my experience, though it sounds like you're already sold on the idea - many folks talk these cars down compared to other Alfas because of their reputation when they were new, and expected to perform as daily drivers. As weekend/occasional drivers, once you've sorted out the deferred maintenance issues they're quite reliable. If the handling/shifting leaves you wanting, rebuilding the suspension (including rear springs and torsion bars from a GTV6, I believe) and asking Larry at APE to do his improvements on your shift linkage will transform the experience. My car also felt quite sluggish until I did an ignition tune-up and set the timing properly, so don't assume low power is how it should be - they're not fast by modern means, but will comfortably cruise at 80-90.
Chris Keen / Rusty But Trusty - http://rustybuttrusty.com
77 spider veloce - since '91/'79 sprint veloce - since '05/'72 2002tii -since '12