Originally Posted by Gordon Raymond
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!
P.s Don bought a 3rd Alfa last year. A 74 Spider. There is no stopping him!