2) THE LAW OF NON-FUNCTIONAL APPARATUS
“All Italian Sports Cars, regardless of age, shall have at least one system or component which does not work, and cannot be repaired. Such a part shall never be mentioned in the Official Shop Manual, although there may be an out-of-focus picture shown.” It goes without saying that such parts should never under any circumstances be removed, lest the natural balance of the car be upset.
In my case, Law 2 seems best personified by the Brico lighter. I’ve had three Spiders with a Brico; two 71’s and a 74. In none of them has the Brico worked. The 74 was my first S2 purchased in 77, used, from an Alfa dealer. I told the salesman that he had to fix the lighter or I wouldn’t buy the car. I smoked in those days, and I knew a weird Italian part when I saw one. When I picked up the car, the salesman said, “I thought you were being silly but that **** lighter cost $19! (According to the CPI inflation calculator that’s about $75 today). The lighter worked for about 2 months.
I think you can buy a replacement today ....for about $190...but I don’t smoke anymore and besides it’ll only last two months. They’re freaking beautiful and a fascinating bit of Italian design, but.... I fell blessed that my biggest weird Italian-design problem is a cigarette lighter. I am sure I’m going to be sorry I said that out loud.