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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-25-2019, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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The “Tiger” Alfa

Introducing the “Tiger” Alfa.

My first drive yesterday 70km across Sydney. I was pretty nervous for my left hand seat drive.

I received the car in July last year and was slowly making progress on it mechanically as it had been rarely driven over the last 25 years.
It had been stored in a aircraft Hanger in California by a very good friend of mine who restored it.
The body and paint is very nice even though it was restored nearly 25 years ago.

Many thanks to Spencer Rice from Classicspeedshop, who did an amazing job sorting it out over the last month. Highly recommended.

I hope to drive this car on club runs and take it to the popular “cars and coffee” events.

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I got one of those! Lets see some photos of your sun-visors! Though these are pictured the parts book, there is no evidence they were ever produced as a factory item. If your car has a functional, decent looking pair, even aftermarket, owners of like cars will WANT to see!!!
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Hi Gordon,
You have some very sharp eyes there!

I was only speaking to my friend Don yesterday in Oxnard California, who owned and restored the car.
He is a spritely 91 year old who still plays with Alfa’s and flies his Cessna 152!

I mentioned the sun visors as we were discussing my first drive down under.
Don traveled the World as a flight engineer for nearly 40 years with Flying Tigers. He started on Boeing Stratocruiser’s and retired on 747’s.
You can see where I get the name for the car. Don used to go to every Alfa dealer world wide and buy all the Alfa parts he could for 101 Spiders. Obviously well before the internet or reproduction parts were around. He has some amazing stories and met many people including myself.

Don said sun visors were a requirement in Germany when the cars were new. Anyway, the ones on the car were fitted by Don. Not factory Alfa but they look like it.

Don was very ingenious and still has a very unique 101 Spider. Probably the only one in the world. Perfect for a older gent. Have a guess and I’ll post a photo.

I’m also in the Airline game and I’m working today, but I will take some photos for you when I get home tonight.

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P.s I love the look of your Spider, especially the hard top. I have some photos of it on my IPad for inspiration!
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Daniel,

Great background story to the car and the previous owner. Just shows all these great old cars always have a tale to tell ....

Throw up some more pics when you get a chance, always nice to look at these lovely cars.

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Sun visors

Hi Gordon,
Here are the Sun Visor photos.
Looks like the Alfa factory could have made them, but Don did them.
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hi Daniel,


Autobrunch St ives is on next sunday morning. it would be great to see the car.

cheers Ian

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Hi Ian,
I’d love to come to St Ives, but I am working.
I’ll probably take the Alfa to the Club Lotus cars/coffee meeting at Tempe on the 17th Feb, where I may be hung from the nearest tree!
I’ve just rejoined the Alfa Club after some twenty years. I really enjoyed the Alfa meeting at Le Montage last week.
Early morning cars/coffee are fun, easy with traffic and still allow time for other activities on weekends.
See you soon no doubt
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Very nice job with the visors! It does appear a factory fitment. The parts book "never-made" version shows a special modified windshield header. I think your version would have been better and could have been factory produced for an accessory.
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Very nice job with the visors! It does appear a factory fitment. The parts book "never-made" version shows a special modified windshield header. I think your version would have been better and could have been factory produced for an accessory.
Hi Gordon,
Would you like to have a guess at Don’s other unique 101 spider?
The modification looks factory too.
I’d say the only one in the world.
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Sure! You know I like these cars!
The two photos are of Don’s second 101 Spider still residing in Oxnard,CA.
That’s me, pointing to the unique modification!

The Alfa really is in excellent condition and all modifications can be totally reversed. I don’t believe any of the body was modified to take the auto. ALL parts used were Alfa. The transmission components were flown “first class” in the front of a 747 freighter from Australia over 25 years ago. Those were the days when airline staff could get away with it!

When I first met Don about 27 years ago, I thought his idea was nuts. He just slowly plugged away at it and totally finished the car about 5 years ago. I was his test pilot one day about 10 years ago. I was burning up and down the airside roads, with no windscreen, car in undercoat and welding goggles on. With a 2L engine, she goes pretty well.

I drove it last year on the road and it is beaut. Now at over 90 years old, I see some logic to his idea.
The fact that it was taken to completion over some twenty years shows patience and determination. Plus skill.

Purists won’t like it, but I get it!

I’ll write a whole story one day for the Alfa Magazine!

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P.s Don bought a 3rd Alfa last year. A 74 Spider. There is no stopping him!
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I love me a 101\750 Spider !
(That auto will upset the purists, ha!)
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No it won't. Or should not. I've an ageism handicapped friend (like me) that has an automatic Giulia here in the USA. Alfa automatic.
I'm still young enough at 73 to like mine with all the race GTA Ausca modifications done when it was new in 1965. Light, fast and loud.
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Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great!
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