No, not a Ferrari dealer. That was Steve Baines (sp) when he started Grand Prix down on Lake Washington at Lakeside. Carlo worked there for a while in the 60s after he moved from the South Seattle Truck Farm location. He also worked at the local BMC dealership in downtown Seattle in the 60s. Steve moved up to Capital Hill, still calling it Grand Prix. Much later the other guys ended up owning it and it became Ferrari of Seattle. Have never gone there for service, and only a very few parts in the old days.
I met Lino when I bought the Sprint GT from Carlo in late 66, Lino looking carefully at my check, lol (I think he had CPA training?). Turns out Lino first worked at Abruzzi Pizza downtown in the mid 60s, where we used to eat some very good pizza before I met him (officially) when buying the car. I don't know how much Lino worked with Carlo before they and Pete Lovely started Alfa of Tacoma in the early 70s (bought a new 75 Alfetta sedan from them there).
Lino told me that he had tried to set the Tacoma dealership up as European style, where they maybe had a car or two in stock, but you ordered one to be picked up later (almost like the built to order Giulias nowadays). Didn't really work, and they decided they didn't want to have a bunch of new unsold cars on hand, so changed the shop to basically just an Alfa Service Center. A hassle maybe because Alfa wanted them to sell cars. Don't know the whole story. It's been a long good run for them though.
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; 04-25-2018 at 01:34 PM.