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post #48 of (permalink) Old 12-26-2017, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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There's long been a debate about Grigio Biacca. The problem stems from the tragically flawed idea that one can visit your local paint store, look up the code, and have paint brewed up that will, voila, match the original color.

It doesn't work that way.

I was fortunate to find a couple of patches of unspoiled paint under the top hold-down brackets. We color-matched them, and got a gorgeous creamy white. It would look fine with the original red vinyl, but I chose the saddle-brown leather for my personal car. The angels sing.

1488 is a car I plan to sell. I don't need two, and 00072 is stinking fast with the 2300cc engine. So, I'm tending toward strict conformity for 1488.

My problem with it's current configuration is that a white exterior, red carpet, and black vinyl starts to look like three colors. Black carpet with red vinyl actually looks like two, and is a much more elegant impression.

Meanwhile, saddle leather still sings, and based upon several years of observation, is likely to appeal to a potential buyer's wife.

Decision still pending

Don P
Carson City, NV

Past Alfas...
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

Current Alfas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Oops. Add to the "present" list, 10204 01488, 2000 Touring Roadster project

And past...
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)

And present...
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 40 years) Over 55 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...
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