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There is a 1977 Alfa Romeo for sale not to local. He says the fuel system has a problem. Trying to find information on a 77. Was the Veloce the only Spider offered? Did they have the leather seats? Think he wants about $1500. Would it be worth trailering home?
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US Spider of that vintage should have a SPICA mechanical fuel injection system, if it was left original. These can be troublesome if left to sit for years, or if previous owner had a fiddle without knowing how. Don't think they came with leather, vinyl was the norm.
As to value, it's all about the bodywork, as that is where the serious money can be spent. If rusty on the lower third of the car, I would tread carefully.

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Thanks Chris,
Only a couple pictures so far. Looks like in a shop with other "junk". I talked to the guy while back. Thought he had it sold. Im going to get as much info as I can, cause its about 600 miles from me. May not be worth the drive.
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FWIW the late 70s are the least desirable because of the smog equipment and heavy bumpers.

However it's not hard to backdate them to 71 or Euro specs.

If it's rust free, or only has minor rust, $1500 is a good price. The injection can be set up properly if you can follow directions. But if it needs a new mechanical injection pump they run $1200.



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I believe 1977 was the peak of production for Spiders - most units sold. If you're in the soggy part of Oregon, be careful and do a good inspection of rockers and sills.

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If the Spica system requires a complete overhaul and has sat derelict, you're talking about $2k in rebuild charges and pieces/parts, not including labor costs to install and tune.

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Well this don't sound like I need to drive 600 miles. One way. Then spend couple thousand $$ on the fuel system. I need to find out what the inside looks like. & rest of the car. Its in East part of Oregon...dry with sage brush. Says no rust.
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I was at Ellsworth AFB 1983-84 when I came back from Guam. Nice area.

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Its in East part of Oregon...dry with sage brush. Says no rust.
You'll really have to inspect the car to determine whether it's rusty.

- Convertibles can rust even in the desert - the top leaks when it rains, the carpets & soundproofing remain damp and the floors & lower body rusts.

- Mid 1970's Alfas were made from the worst steel imaginable. Some say the Italian government (who owned Alfa Romeo at that time) sourced the steel from Russia and that it contained all sorts of recycled material. I don't know whether that story is true, but these cars do rust very easily.

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I'd suggest spending 4k on a runner/solid car, rather than 1500 on a car that has been sitting, and needs 2500 minimum to run. And ditto on all the rust comments. The rockers are structural on these cars, and they rust in any setting outside of a garage.

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