Whoa. Sorry you took that so hard.I don't even know what to say to that. I've been struggling for 6 or 7 hours to come up with a cohesive thought that isn't vitriolic.
This is not some magic Monty that showed up in thin air (or fell off a truck) that has no tangible value. I paid APE for it. I have paid for indoor storage to keep it out of the weather for almost 10 years. I have purchased many parts for it. I parted another Montreal for everything it could give--all that cost money. I don't need to MAKE money, but I don't need to pay somebody else to make a profit off my hardship either.
Don, I don't appreciate you taking a position of leadership to decide the financial value of my circumstances. While your opinion is valid (and quite possibly the solution), what you said in a public forum could better have been said in private. Perhaps our discussion would have led to a post that you could have said, "I had a hand in that decision." Now it just looks like you've swayed the market.
My original thought was: "Maybe I don't cut up this unmolested Montreal. Maybe I let Alfa fans make an offer (which nobody has, BTW). Maybe it's not too late to keep this rare-colored shell in the family."
Your opinion is: "Maybe we'd be more comfortable if, years down the line, some Ken Block wannabe outside our community got the car and cut it up after all to drift around Turin, and we'd all enjoy having a part in its fame when we never lifted a finger to save it."
If nobody wants to make an offer by the 20th, that's fine. I'll do what you said and list it on BaT and/or eBay or whatever with every expectation of taking a monumental loss ($7,500 is a loss of about $4k when you factor in storage and the parts I've purchased). When I do, I get nothing, the community gets nothing, and a perfectly good Montreal roller possibly goes to hell on all our behalf.
My entire point with this post is to give the Alfa enthusiasts an opportunity to paint a masterpiece with an unmolested canvas.
I've done my duty, and I will feel no guilt for what comes next. Thank you, everyone, for the platform to TRY to do the right thing and to hear and be heard. If you'd like to make an offer, I'm listening, but I'm all done trying to extol the virtues of preserving this car's virginity for just the right spouse.