Long live the three martini lunch! Liquid courage fueled buying:
Brad, are you "captainhaggs "??
I disagree that this is no longer a street car. It doesn't have a full cage, fire suppression, or lack a regular key. Nothing to stop you from driving on a public road.Quite a few mods on that car. No longer a street car. Does look nice, though. Looks like the hood doesn't fit right, needs shimming?
Have to admit, even though I owned and drove a 64 Sprint GT for a very long time putting on 260k miles, Every time I see that sump extending down below the front bodywork, I cringe. Never had mine hit anything, but still I always worried about it when driving. Never liked the sump guard look, and it reducing clearance even more, so never used one.
I posted a comment (after the auction) that the sump would last from 1 to 50 miles where I drive but the BaT jury has me on their "watch list" and it never made the printQ Every time I see that sump extending down below the front bodywork, I cringe. Never had the sump hit anything, but still I always worried about it when driving.
I think it's mostly a matter of taste. My spider is track prepped to a higher level than that car (6 point harnesses, fixed back seats, no HVAC, no soft top) and it's a blast on the street (in my humble opinion). Obviously it's never going to be a great daily driver, but I don't think any classic Alfa is."Nothing to stop you from driving on a public road"
Probably correct, but speaking from experience, a friend years ago had a similarly prepared Alfa, and it was somewhat of a chore to drive on the street, not a lot of fun actually after a few miles. Fun at first to race around, but after a while, wanted to put it back in the garage. Just depends on exactly what was done to the car.
On a nice day, sure. But I wouldn’t want to be in a GTV in a blizzard or a 100F day. They were daily drivers back in their time to be sure, but modern cars are undoubtedly safer and more comfortable."a great daily driver, but I don't think any classic Alfa is"
Oh, they are not all that bad at all. Been driving Alfas since 66 and every one of them was a DD to work and back, or on trips around the US Southwest, putting many k's of miles on them in great pleasure. I always told Carlo that these cars would have to earn their keep. Every drive to work and back was just fine as compared to what I was going to have to do at work. There were a few times, I just kept on going up into the mountains for a very nice drive instead of work, lol.
Blizzard? I'm sorry, but I had to take the bait on this.On a nice day, sure. But I wouldn’t want to be in a GTV in a blizzard or a 100F day. They were daily drivers back in their time to be sure, but modern cars are undoubtedly safer and more comfortable.
To each their own. I have a lot of tolerance comfort and reliability foibles for a toy car that I can choose whether to drive or not based on my mood and the weather. I have much less tolerance for a car that I rely on to get me to work.Lol, I drove my Alfas 365 a year, come rain, snow, or shine.
As for new cars being safer and more comfortable, well, maybe safer, but more comfortable? Not much difference in my book. The seats and heaters were good enough. I found nothing uncomfortable with any of the Alfa seats. And a/c, when equipped, something we don't need in our area, in most areas worked ok. The 164 a/c, esp the better LS, was good enough, even in Phoenix in the summer when we drove each through. Lol, once we pulled the front license plate from even the Milano, the a/c was just barely ok (well, on the ragged edge for sure) in Phoenix at 110F. The problem with the Milano in Phoenix was that the stock radiator was too small, needed the Verde version.
Sorry for the diversion. Back to the car which was for sale.