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I am selling my 1971 GTV 1750, a California car, which I purchased in 1997 from an Alfa mechanic in Palo Alto who bought it (and did not drive it) from the original owner. Since I bought it 23 years ago, I have driven it probably fewer than 10,000 miles. Spica rebuilt by Wes Ingram, 75,000 original miles, runs beautifully, engine fires cold without throttle. About 250 miles ago, Tom Sahines gave it the run through, replaced the throttle and other minor issues and made it run great; compression numbers good, brakes work well. The gears are stable, and will downshift into second at reasonable RPM.

I've installed Cromodora wheels with lower profile Yokohama tires that have about 1,000 miles on them. (I still have the original GTV wheels and hub caps, included in the sale.) Over the years, I have replaced steering box, bushings, brake calipers, brake booster and all lines, all fluid reservoirs, heater fan, rebuilt wiper motor, new shifter boot, and a sundry of smaller items.

The car has never crashed or been hit since I have owned it and the body is straight. But, it is in need of paint as well as rust repair around the windshields. Floor and spare wheel well are fine. Bumpers are banged up a bit and need to get hammered out. Front seats are in good shape, though a 2-3 inch stitching failure in passenger side seat. The front windshield is cracked and the back of the rear seat must be replaced. A cracked dash has been covered. Headliner is somewhat off color, but not sagging, no rips, and need not be replaced immediately if at all. The veneer trim needs to be replaced, but the package for it is about $230 on Centerline.

There is ample opportunity to restore this car, but candidly, it will require a buyer with dedication and a passion for these beautiful models. It's not a barn find; it's a garaged car that's just old. The biggest issues, in order, will be the metal work around the glass, replacing the windshield, paint in original (grigio chiaro metallico), and then some relatively straight forward interior work that will cost about $1,000. I took my now-wife on our first dates with this car two decades ago and this has been a tough call, so I am looking for a buyer who has the dedication and resources to bring this gorgeous model back to its previous splendor.

Photos: 1971 GTV - Google Drive.

Thanks for taking a look,
Joe
 

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Maybe you guys want a price? (Sorry about that.) I've got a buyer who will pay $12K, but he is a classic car generalist and I am really interested in finding a good Alfista home for it. Please PM me if you're interested in making an offer.

Thanks again,
Joe
 

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Friends,

I have received so many PMs on this car that I almost cannot respond to them all. It's now obvious to me that I created a firestorm with the price I mentioned. That was my fault. I've been out of the market so long that I plainly severely underestimated its value. I really am sorry for that, and I assure you it was unintentional. It may take me a minute to reassess the situation, clearly. I intend to get back to each of you individually, but please be patient as I wade through the responses; I will try to respond by the end of the weekend.

Thank you so much for your interest,
Joe
 

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Joe, please add me to your list of interested parties. For some reason the ability to start a conversation is GONE tonight. I'll PM you tomorrow if that feature is working again.
 

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Hi 6alfas,
Just sent you a PM, so hopefully that worked and we can discuss at your convenience.
Thanks,
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Norman, Yes I received it and will get back to you promptly. Sorry for the delay and thanks for your patience.
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All,

Thought it would be easier to post this here. I've been digging through my records and have additional info to report:
  1. I am the second owner, purchased the car in 1997. I tried to contact the original owner in 2007 to get more info about the car, but he had passed away in 2005.
  2. The original owner sold me the car through Eddie Smith at Silicon Valley Performance in Palo Alto, who has an excellent reputation for honesty and good work (google or search alfabb). Eddie did all the work for the PO to prepare the car for sale in 1997, as described below.
  3. 1997: the engine was rebuilt at 65,000 miles and is now at 76,000.
  4. 1997: New clutch assembly.
  5. 1997: New Euro cams installed.
  6. 1997: Wes Ingram rebuilt the Spica.
  7. 1997: New rear springs.
  8. 1997: New clutch slave cylinder.
  9. 1997: 3 new tie rod ends.
  10. 1997: New center support, bearing, and u-donuts
  11. ~1997-98: I broke in the new engine as directed.
  12. ~2000: All other tie rod ends and bushings replaced
  13. 2000: exhaust flange gaskets replaced
  14. 2000: fuel pressure gauge replaced
  15. 2007: new oil pressure light sender
  16. 2007: new oil pressure gauge sender
  17. 2007: new brake master cylinder
  18. 2007: new brake calipers
  19. ~2007: new door, trunk, quarter window seals
  20. 2012: new bosch fuel pump
I also have a lot of manuals, a wiring diagram that Papjam (RIP) was kind enough to email me, and various other tidbits that I've collected over the years and will go through them and post when I can.

If you're new to the thread, kindly be aware that the $12K I indicated above is not valid, as I've been off the boards for a while, have not kept up with the market, and I woefully underestimated the car's value.

Thanks again for your continued interest,
Joe
 

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Sorry, forgot to add:

21. maybe around 2000: rebuilt steering box
22. ~2007: Cromodora wheels and new tires

There are other items I know I'm forgetting and will update if/when I recall. Everything is documented except I no longer have the receipts for wheels, tires, or steering box.
 

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Friends,

I've been in contact via email with all the folks who have showed an interest in my car, and they have been terrific to work with in every way. (Thank you all, again.) But, I thought I should post something for those who have more recently come across my post or might in the future. I have decided to put this sale on hold for now, as I need to focus my attention on some life changes our family is making. So, please subscribe to the thread if you haven't already, and when the time comes, I will get back in touch.

@misterrude, if you hover your mouse over a member's name, a window will appear and you will find the "message" button in the lower right corner. Hope that helps.

Thanks again, stay safe, and best of luck in your pursuits.
Joe
 
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