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This past Friday night I was at a cruise night in Northridge with the Fulvia, and a guy approached, and starting asking the usual questions. He spent about 30 min looking at the car, and asking more questions. He came back about an hour later with his girlfriend to see the car, and he told me he's going to look for one of his own, he thinks that highly of the Fulvia. We may have another convert in the LA area soon!
 

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fantastic; yet another convert (they really are that seductive). there's nothing else with that combination of engineering, build quality, driving refinement, looks, heritage, and rarity (in the US) for as little as it costs for a good example. (don't believe that? name something.)
 

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This past Friday night I was at a cruise night in Northridge with the Fulvia, and a guy approached, and starting asking the usual questions. He spent about 30 min looking at the car, and asking more questions. He came back about an hour later with his girlfriend to see the car, and he told me he's going to look for one of his own, he thinks that highly of the Fulvia. We may have another convert in the LA area soon!
Hello Kraig I will have my Fulvia for sale when it arrives to Los Angeles soon. this is a Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1966. full restore it should arrive in six weeks if you are interested or any one is let me know. adan
 

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Hello Kraig I will have my Fulvia for sale when it arrives to Los Angeles soon. this is a Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1966. full restore it should arrive in six weeks if you are interested or any one is let me know. adan
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Hello Kraig I will have my Fulvia for sale when it arrives to Los Angeles soon. this is a Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1966. full restore it should arrive in six weeks if you are interested or any one is let me know. adan
Looks nice. Is it a 1.2? What are you going to ask for it?
 

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This past Friday night I was at a cruise night in Northridge with the Fulvia, and a guy approached, and starting asking the usual questions. He spent about 30 min looking at the car, and asking more questions. He came back about an hour later with his girlfriend to see the car, and he told me he's going to look for one of his own, he thinks that highly of the Fulvia. We may have another convert in the LA area soon!
Am feeling a mite jealous of all the Fulvias down in Southern California! I know of one other Coupe here in the Bay Area, and a couple of sedans. I'm sure there are more; I just haven't figured out where they are yet.

We took our Series One on the California Melee this last weekend. 50+ 1975 or earlier cars, 800 miles or so on some great roads, was great fun. Had the only Lancia, and I think we surprised some people with how well it kept up with larger displacement machinery.

Our snapshots of the event are at: http://fulviacam.phanfare.com/2007

Some much better pics, include a couple of good shots of the Fulvia, are at Craig Howell's site at: http://www.thecreeper.net/calmelee11/
 

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Hi Shaun,

I'm glad that you're keeping the flame alive up north. I saw some shots of the Melee, but none that showed your Fuliva (I was looking for it); I'll check out the ones you indicate.

And as of yesterday, there's yet another Fulvia down here--a Fulvia Sport 1600 (S2 Zagato) just imported from Belgium by another Lancista.
 

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I've always wanted to do the California Melee. Isn't it also limited to cars that are worth $2000 or less, or some sort of low cost? I seem to remember when I researched it many years back that was one of the stipulations.
 

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I've always wanted to do the California Melee. Isn't it also limited to cars that are worth $2000 or less, or some sort of low cost? I seem to remember when I researched it many years back that was one of the stipulations.
Hi KraigG,

The Melee's only limitation is that the car must be produced before 1976, and that it be sporting and interesting enough for the organizers to want it in their event.

This year, there was everything from a 90+ point XKE roadster to a $300 Spitfire, from a clean Ferrari 308 GT to a very well patinated Opel Kadett, and pretty much everything you can imagine in between. It was bags of fun.

The Melee is a "low buck" event (compared with some other old car events) in that the participants overnight in cheap, no star motels and don't have lunch in wineries. But nobody sleeps on these things much anyway, so the accommodations aren't that important. And keeping the cost of the event down to a few hundred bucks means a more diverse and interesting group of entries.

There's what I believe to be a similar event occurring in Southern California next month: the SoCal TT500, on October 7-8. I'm hoping to re-arrange my schedule so I can make that, as it's supposed to be as much fun as the Melee.

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KraigG:

After I posted, it occurred to me that there are two events up here that DO have dollar limits on entries: Martin Swig's Double 500 and/or Jay Lamm's 24 Hours of Lemons.

Both of these do try to impose a $500 purchase limit on the cars.

A number of the people who run the Melee enter these events as well, but not in the same cars they take on the Melee.
 

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Hi Shaun.

The SoCal TT500 sounds like a lot of fun, however, I'll be in New Mexico that weekend for the Balloon Fiesta :(

I saw on the website you posted pics of the Alpine 500, and noticed at least two cars I recognize from recent ebay auctions: the purple Triumph TR6, and the light blue Fiat 1500 Spider.

Do folks wring their cars out so much during these runs that they can't wait to unload them afterwards?? :)

I think your Fulvia is the first I've seen with black CA plates. Nice!
 

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I...noticed at least two cars I recognize from recent ebay auctions: the purple Triumph TR6, and the light blue Fiat 1500 Spider.

Do folks wring their cars out so much during these runs that they can't wait to unload them afterwards?? :)
Hi KraigG,

Could be. But there may some other factors:

1. Folks planning on moving on to another project or car seem to hang on to their Melee-eligible cars til after each year's event. Probably a "one last fling" type of thing.

2. Some people may use the fact that the car finished ~800 miles of spirited driving over three days as a demonstration to potential buyers of the vehicle's basic soundness and reliability. Kind of a variation of the "race on Sunday, sell on Monday" sales strategy.

As we all know, there are a lot of infrequently driven cars for sale that look cosmetically great, but which just don't go, stop, handle or hang together mechanically as well as they should. And not everybody on the Melee thrashes their car during the event...

3. The Melee is just so much fun that I know of some people who have purchased eligible cars especially for the event, with no intention of hanging on to the vehicle afterwards.

Doesn't really matter, does it? It's the driving that's the thing.

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Hi Shaun.

The SoCal TT500 sounds like a lot of fun, however, I'll be in New Mexico that weekend for the Balloon Fiesta :(

I saw on the website you posted pics of the Alpine 500, and noticed at least two cars I recognize from recent ebay auctions: the purple Triumph TR6, and the light blue Fiat 1500 Spider.

Do folks wring their cars out so much during these runs that they can't wait to unload them afterwards?? :)

I think your Fulvia is the first I've seen with black CA plates. Nice!
I can shed some light on the blue Fiat spider - it was purchased by Martin Swig (who organizes the "real" California Mille and the Double 500). He said cars are like kittens - he see's one he likes and he has to take it home. :) He couldn't resist it, so I imagine he plans on keeping it in his collection. He disappeared after the send off - I think the car died before he had a chance to leave the 415 area code!

Shaun's Fulvia is freaking gorgeous! (Hi Shaun!!:D), he has to keep swatting me away from it like a gnat, every time he parks it at a local event. ;)

I've had my Alfetta for 8+ years now - and this was it's second Melee (and my fourth), so no, not everyone disposes of their cars after the event. This year I got squirrelly-sideways on the gravel road and dinged my bumper and front fender - but the car kept going! The rally "patina" look has actually started to grow on me...:rolleyes:
 

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I can shed some light on the blue Fiat spider - it was purchased by Martin Swig (who organizes the "real" California Mille and the Double 500). He said cars are like kittens - he see's one he likes and he has to take it home. :) He couldn't resist it, so I imagine he plans on keeping it in his collection. He disappeared after the send off - I think the car died before he had a chance to leave the 415 area code!

Shaun's Fulvia is freaking gorgeous! (Hi Shaun!!:D), he has to keep swatting me away from it like a gnat, every time he parks it at a local event. ;)

I've had my Alfetta for 8+ years now - and this was it's second Melee (and my fourth), so no, not everyone disposes of their cars after the event. This year I got squirrelly-sideways on the gravel road and dinged my bumper and front fender - but the car kept going! The rally "patina" look has actually started to grow on me...:rolleyes:
Hi Jeff!

I heard from David about Martin's abbreviated Melee. It wasn't that the Fiat broke -- it was something about a car popping up somewhere in the 707 area code that he was interested in buying. You know, the kitten thing...

Where/when did you ding the Alfetta? I didn't notice anything major when I was drooling over your car in the parking lot in Fort Bragg, so I think the rallye patination look works. And what did you do to it to make it sound so sweet?

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Shaun - PM sent...didn't want to hijack any further!
 

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Just read through this thread and I'm falling in love with these cars :)

Something I noticed this on Craigslist earlier this week,

http://santabarbara.craigslist.org/prk/416571130.html
Don,

I can't remember the name of the fellow in Santa Barbara (Craislist ad), but he's the one who bought Doug Bender's Fulvia HF (1.2) this past June. He's got an interesting collection of cars.

There's a lot to love about Fulvias. There's one that's going to be available in about 6-8 weeks, once it arrives from Italy; you can see it on this thread, posts 63 & 64. Very sweet car in very nice shape.
 

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... well, don't we all know the arriving car and I make sure I will see it VERY early.

By the way, the guy's name in Santa Barbara is Mark Mitchell. Nice fellow: I bought a Zagato Abarth double bubble from him (The white one in the pic).

Mike
 

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By the way, the guy's name in Santa Barbara is Mark Mitchell. Nice fellow: I bought a Zagato Abarth double bubble from him (The white one in the pic).

Mike
IIRC he was showing this at the Wheels and Waves Show last April. Yes, a very nice fellow, he didn't seem to mind me drooling all over his motorbike ;)

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