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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-09-2019, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie who's wanted an Alfa Spider forever

Hello All,

I have wanted an Alfa Spider since I began driving. An Alfa dealer was just down the road from me and I spent my youth drooling over them. I'm 48 now... I can't shake this "need" to have one. I'm here researching the most affordable Alpha I can purchase for under $10,000 that is ready to go and impressive. That may be a tall order but... one has to try!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-09-2019, 08:21 PM
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I would buy the best car you can afford because repairing an old car can be very expensive. I started to drive in 1968 and my first car was a 1961 Sprint Veloce. I learned about repairing and restoring Alfas with this car and have owned a total of eleven Alfas. Have fun!
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Fantastic advice.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-09-2019, 09:08 PM
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I only like to drive Alfas and have driven them for more than 650,000 miles in 51 years. The three Alfas that I currently own have been driven 420,000 miles and would like to buy another new Alfa. I would like to buy a Giulia QV Coupe when it is produced. I am retired and now restore Alfas and help friends with their cars. I have worked on many interesting cars.
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kuni123456 is absolutely correct.
Buy the best you can and even with $10,000 you can get a really good driver.
The people on this site are really helpful should you have any questions, and when you buy your Alfa (too late, you are hooked), they love to see pictures.
Unless you are really mechanical, get a pre-purchase inspection by a mechanic you trust, including getting under the car to check for the Alfa nemisi, rust and signs of a major collision.
When I purchased my Alfa, some 30 years ago, I saw a lot of beautiful shells that were completely rotted out underneath (not just Alfas, I looked at a lot of sports cars before buying my baby.)
If the seller won't go for a pre-purchase inspection, walk away, they are hiding something.
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I thank you for the compliment and just want to help anyone that wants to buy any old car. I have seen owners buy cars and spend up to $25K to repair rust and prior accident damage. You have to have an inspection by a third party before purchasing any vehicle unless you are an expert.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-11-2019, 07:48 AM
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Definitely lots of help here on the BB. Where are you on this world? There might be resources local to you.

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Carson, 4 Alfa's, 9 Cars, 4 Motorcycles
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-11-2019, 08:25 AM
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Welcome demerth.

You've landed in the right place. $10K can certainly get you a decent example. Last spring I bought quite a nice Series 4 in that price range.

This forum helped me connect with three knowledgeable and helpful Alfisti who live close by. Since I don't live close to a large metro area I had been a little nervous about a support network and it was a pleasant surprise to meet these guys.

There are pockets of Alfa enthusiasts is some surprising places so I'd guess you'll find some near you.

Good luck on your search and POST PICTURES.

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Previous obsessions; 2006 Mustang GT, 2006 BMW Z4M, 5 other Bimmers, Capri V6, Renault 5, Lotus Cortina, Sunbeam Alpine, Ducati Diana Mk 3, Norton Commando
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I'm in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. Resources will be needed for sure. For one, I will need to find a mechanic that knows Alfas for a pre-purchase inspection in my area.
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This is a 1956 Spider that I recently restored but, it was sold. I remember seeing a 1956 Spider that was sold for $150 but, that was in 1970. This car did not have a matching number engine but, it was originally painted black and it turned out nice.
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