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Wanted: Series 1 parking brake lever

Anyone have a good used one for a Series 1 Spider?
Mine has cracked and been welded maybe once too many times now.
(Just need the lever - have all the parts from inside)
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I have one, probably a 70s GTV, let me dig out and see if identical.
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The GTV hand brake is straight whereas the Spider has a bend in it.

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Ah, so it is. Here's what I have.
Question, how do you break on of these?
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The GTV hand brake is straight whereas the Spider has a bend in it.
I think the bent lever is for standing pedal cars, coupe or spider, and the straight lever is for hanging pedal cars.
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I think the bent lever is for standing pedal cars, coupe or spider, and the straight lever is for hanging pedal cars.
That general rule corresponds to my experience. My 105.02 Sprint has a black, bent lever, while my 105.03 Duetto has a chrome, bent lever. However, I wouldn't be surprised to hear that some early hanging pedal cars had bent levers and/or that some late standing pedal had straight.

Here's a shot of the lever I restored for my Duetto (sorry, not for sale). Note that Classic Alfa has replacement black handles that fit well.
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I'll take it Jay
I should have mentioned the bend in the lever to differentiate it from GTV versions.
Thanks for the clarification all.

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So what's different on the cars that GTVs and Berlinas are straight, some Spiders are bent? Seat height? The tunnels are all the same, I believe.
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I'll take it Jay
I should have mentioned the bend in the lever to differentiate it from GTV versions.
Thanks for the clarification all.

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So what's different on the cars that GTVs and Berlinas are straight, some Spiders are bent? Seat height? The tunnels are all the same, I believe.
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The bend/no bend is not about GTV or Spider, it is about standing pedals or hanging pedals.

Take a look at the pages from the parts book I posted above. It says the bent handle is for GTVs up to SN 1532000 and spiders up to SN 1485000. I don't have the parts manual here at work but those numbers are the same ones the manual uses to split the standing and hanging pedal cars.

Somebody posted on here a while back that attempted to put a straight handle on a Duetto but it did not fit properly. I don't recall who or what the problem was but at the time I was looking for a good handle so I took note of it. My guess is that the hanging pedal/standing pedal break is a good one but I would take the serial numbers stated in the manual as approximate.
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Huh, OK, thanks. So straight would work for a hanging pedal Spider then...
Just looked at pics of my 67 GTV, and yes, it's a bent handle.
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Somebody posted on here a while back that attempted to put a straight handle on a Duetto but it did not fit properly.
That doesn't correspond to my experience. When I first restored my Duetto back in the 1980's I installed a straight parking brake lever (simply because I found one with good chrome and didn't know enough to recognize that it was incorrect). It fit and worked OK, just looked wrong. The photo in post #6 was taken a few years ago when I got around to correcting this flaw.

In comparing the straight and bent levers, they look pretty much alike other than the bend. Only difference I recall is that bracket that bolts to the tunnel for the straight lever has a provision for a switch to light a dash indicator when the brake is on.

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I wonder if it didn't have more to do with the Alfa's with a center console or without. The bend allows the brake to rest flush with the transmission tunnel on non console cars.
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