Hi all from Italy.
I'm not 100% new to the forum, having posted years ago on a Can-Am thread.
but I'm now writing for a different reason after several years.
I'm currently thinking about buying an Alfa 2000 GTV. I have two other classics (a Fulvia Rallye 1.6 HF and a Maserati 2.24V) so I'm not entirely new to classic cars' traps and pitfalls and I can do some work myself - but not serious body work. The Maserati was an impulsive buy, but I knew I had a donor car in case... and it proved priceless, so I don't want to make the same mistake twice as I've run out of donors
What I'm looking for is a good driver, to take care of and improve over the years, and enjoy quite often. Not a shelf or concourse queen, that, incidentally, I wouldn't be financially prepared to pay for with the current prices.. But I don't want to end up with a bag of corroded iron dust either
To give an idea the 2.24V has put on 11K chilometers in two years, so I want something I can use rather often.
I need to learn the differences between the various years of production, and what to look for in order to avoid unforeseen troubles (there will be plenty anyway, I know).
Can you point me to any threads or articles that I can read to learn a bit about the differences between a 1969 and, say, a 1975 version?
Any advice is appeciated also about 'what to look for' to avoid bad surprises - I've witnessed in person Buick Rivieras of 1965 being fraudolently made up to look like GS version, so... I don't know if this is the case with some Alfa Romeo. Any advice is welcome.