Hans, I wish you lived in the USA.
The 1750 Series 1 had Indigo grey and graphite grey. The add mentioned a grey but not which one.I am not an expert on Alfa Paint but was that Silver offered at the time of production?
Restoration of cars is all about choices and we see this in the different approaches taken and sometimes its not to factory original standards. Some methods of using second hand parts cleaned up, builds using NOS parts, builds using reproduction parts may get you to factory original standards, while other builds using the wrong parts engine, interior etc will not. You have to be clear what you want in a 105 car.Many of the parts that go into an original rebuild are no longer available for most of these cars, ... With an eye on quality, cost and availability, one reverts to reproduced pieces; some close to the original in specification, quality and function, some reproduced with increased performance in mind and some choices yet, purely aesthetic. Either way, ultimately, the cost of the parts holds a limited part in the overall cost picture of any restoration.
To add some perspective, the $170k in receipts is very likely $CND (shop being in Canada). In $USD that would be a bit less than $130k, currently. This might have something to do with the $125-150k estimate, which is surely in $USD. Still, the word "staggering" was well chosen.I wasn't able to get that link to work, but found it at: http://catalogue.rmsothebys.com/books/zapo/#p=232 Click on the magnifying glass with the "+" sign inside it in order to make the text readable.
Yea, the catalog write-up says they spent $170K restoring it and that the work was done by Coachwerks of Victoria, B.C. RM Southebys calls the restoration price "staggering".
Estimated selling price is $125 - 150K, so even if you buy this GT at the high end of the range, you'll still be "saving" $20K (try convincing you wife of this logic!).
I'm not so sure.The cost of a restoration is directly proportional to the amount of money the shop thinks you have.