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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-03-2019, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings from Italy

During holidays had time enough to watch some USA car auctions and was stunned, didn't guess there are so much Alfa enthusiasts in your country.
In my family we owned: Giulietta TI sedan, Giulietta Sprint Veloce, 2 Giulia sedan 1300/1600, Giulia GT Veloce 2000, Alfetta 1800 1st series sedan and other ones.
Actually I own a Giulia GT Veloce 2000 with GTam Stradale certified specs (it's in restoration process) and my wife drives a 147 2.0TS.

About me, I live close to Imola small-town, am 5'11", fake slim. I hate vegetable soup and own two cats: named Patrese and Silvestrina.
Hope to find new sincere friends to share honestly our common passion.
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Welcome.
Do you live in Le Marche?

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A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them. - P.J. O'Rourke
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Welcome.
Do you live in Le Marche?

Ed
Thanks.
I live approximately 100 miles to the north.

Luca.

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Welcome ItaliaCorsa! We met through Bring a Trailer yesterday. Glad you are on our Alfa forum now too.
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Welcome ItaliaCorsa! We met through Bring a Trailer yesterday. Glad you are on our Alfa forum now too.
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Thanks Bill. Of course I remember.
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Welcome, Luca. Several years ago, at a local Cars And Coffee morning meet, a guy ran over to my Super. Putting his head inside the driver's window, he called to his brother and said, "It even smells just like I remember!". Turns out they were from an Italian family that moved to the US. While in Italy, the family car was a Giulia Super that took them to school every day . This sort of thing happens more than you might think . . .

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Yes, definitely.
Scent of an Alfa.
When was little child the rear sofa of a Giulia, the scent and the engine sound is my first memory of a car.
LOL.
BTW, probably tomorrow probably I'll buy a car for a total restore.
Can you recognize what is it?
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Welcome Luca.

Is the car a Giulia Super or a Berlina?

Ciao Frank
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Benvenuto Luca,
Yes we are many Alfisti in America with an expansive ownership of vintage Alfas (up to 1994).
Imola also has a long affiliation with automobiles and especially Ferraris. I believe that Imola also hosted the Grande Premio d'Italia at one time. So you must have automobiles in your blood!
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It's a 2000 Berlina. It can runs as fast as a GTV.
It mounted air conditioned as original optional.
I founded all this dismounted in the car trunk. The only regret is they put out from the dashboard the commands too and I didn't found them in the trunk.
It means I'll have to find or rebuild them
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Benvenuto Luca,
Yes we are many Alfisti in America with an expansive ownership of vintage Alfas (up to 1994).
Imola also has a long affiliation with automobiles and especially Ferraris. I believe that Imola also hosted the Grande Premio d'Italia at one time. So you must have automobiles in your blood!
Ciao, James
Thanks.
Imola circuit hosted F1 for 26 years. It still lives with important races (like World Superbike) but ended F1 good feeling with the dead crash of Ayrton Senna.

Being sincere, about Alfas I met very talentuos guys in any Italian region. Just because it was affordable... More, police used it in the whole country, so they needed good workshops.
Usually these guys are from 50yo to 80yo (me am 53).
There are some younger who are sons or nephew of old mechanics...
My favourite is the Giulia series but I respect also the Alfettas Giuliettas! (75 Milano was the last chapter of this project).
They had perfect weight distribution (Porsche copied this project with 928) but the gearbox and the clutch are locked on the rear axle. Long linkages make the use of the gearbox very difficult. From 3rd to 2nd speed it's necessary the double clutching... So they are interesting but not for everyone.
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Berlina 2000's are my favorite too. I grew up in my dad's 1972 Berlina 2000, until this day I always remember the sound of the trunk coils when opening and closing. Even my 71 Berlina 2000 that I built exactly like my dads does the same sound.
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[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
{Oo==V==oO}

Currently:
'75 Giulia Nuova Super 1300 Blu Olandese
'71 Euro Berlina 2000 (on a restoration process)
'85 GTV6 Nero
'87 Milano Verde
'87 Milano Platinum

{OO==V==OO}
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Benvenuto Luca !!

You will see it's a very friendly area here, with a lot of alfa lovers.

Your 2000 has the air conditioning, mine not...

In fact the original parents car, bought new in may '73. restored today. Look here, post #805

@ Giorgio68 : unbelievbale !! we have exact the same memory about the trunk opening sound !!

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Chris, in love with Alfa from...'68, but it wasn't always reciprocal !

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Hi Luca
Nice original introduction.
There are Alfisti in Canada as well.
I bought my first one a 101 Spider in 1965.
I'm sure we would agree on broccoli.
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Nice Sand Beige colour, it seems grey (velvet?) interiors.
Well, that 2000 isn't mine at the moment. I need to check the underbody, if not rusted it vaults. Very good interiors, mechanically complete, minus is at the moment rusted boots to be substitued.

The 2000 Berlina is a long body Giulia with all GTV mechanic.
It's faster than any Giulia and without too much expenses, the engine can arrive to 160 real hp with no reliability problems and staying almost original. I'd really like to make a "special one".
About originality: the car can mount power windows and air con (same of Montreal). Checked the air con supplied (dismounted), it's not original and in bad conditions. Probably the only modification could be to install a modern air con system (putting the battery in the trunk as was in Alfa original project) and stay without the three central air vents. if the modern air con pumps well it could be enough.
The car was the flagship of that period so these ideas could have a sense.
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