Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
The world of car enthusiasts, including Alfa-centric enthusiasts, is a bell-curve. Regardless of what we might want, and understand is the most desirable choice, each of us occupies a spot on the bell curve of economic liberty. This is why the entire statement is "buy the best car you can afford"
There are people at the very tip top end of the curve. What they can afford is both the perfect, low mileage original, and the perfectly restored to strict standards cars. They can, and often do, drive even the most pristine 100 pt cars. They can afford to have them redone.
My point is that looking for the perfect, unrestored car is probably a poor choice unless you live in the land of economic liberty. Best to go for a restored, or very well maintained car. You'll be proud of it, and you can drive it with less concerns about it breaking down.
A low-mileage, 40 year old Alfa is probably ready to surprise you with plenty of unexpected failures. That same car with all recent rubber components, chassis bushings, engine overhaul, etc is going to bring much more pleasure and fewer disappointments.
Carson City, NV
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Oops. Add to the "present" list, 10204 01488, 2000 Touring Roadster project
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 40 years) Over 55 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...