Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Cars make terrible investments. I never buy a car with an intent of it being worth more at some point. I buy the cars I like and want to drive.
Re: performance parts. For Alfa lots. A Giulia TI w/2.0 won its class in the '08 Carrera Panamericana and hit 149 mph on one stage. That's a little bit more grunt than my 1.3 Super but it's definitely possible. Fulvias are a bit more of a challenge, performance parts are avaliable. Be aware that neither of these cars is easy and, unless you can do the work yourself, be prepared to drop big money on a fast engine. Firgure $10k to start with.
Keep in mind that there were lots of Fulvias made, enough so that good one's can be found in Italy and elsewhere must easier than here in the US. You might find a hot rod but I'd be very careful buying such a car. 1.6 Fulvias are avaliable but be prepared to pay a significant premium for a good one.
Really, there's nothing wrong with a 1.3 Fulvia. Granted they aren't fast but they'll easily keep up with modern traffic and, best of all, they're a delight to drive. Find a pristine example, coupe or berlina, and just enjoy the ride.
Jim . . . '72 Super 1300, '70, 1750GTV, 2nd series,
'62, Lancia Flaminia Zagato3c, 2nd series
Last edited by 180OUT; 02-10-2012 at 07:22 PM.