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Cleaning out the garage we found Nana’s 1978 Alfa Romeo 2000 Veloce Spider. It was her “midlife” sportscar purchased new in Phoenix, AZ; it moved with her to CA in 1983 (still has "vintage" blue/yellow CA plates) and again to IN in 2006. Always garaged, rarely driven, last maintained by Barber’s Auto Shop in Sacramento, CA. Photos show authentic garage patina.

Details:
  • Car is located in Bloomington, Indiana.
  • VIN AR115910005362: i.e., Alfa Romeo; roadster body style 115; the 5362nd Series 2a car built for the US market.
  • 20,084 original miles
  • Clean CA title (Duplicate issued in 2016, because original was lost.)
  • Original owner’s manual.
Mechanical & Electrical:
  • Starts, runs and drives.
  • SPICA Fuel Injection: The Thermostatic Actuator (TA) needs to be rebuilt. Thermostatic actuator controls richness for cold start. Currently runs rich and fouls plugs. For more information on SPICA system see Dave Strus’s youtube videos.
  • Last I checked: Centerline International Rebuilt TA Part #F1448 Price: $385; Core Charge $150; Total: $535; $150 refund when one sends back malfunctioning rebuildable TA.
  • All gauges & lights work. Except left rear blinker does not work.
Body & Interior:
  • Dave Strus, midwest region Alfa Romeo specialist, surveyed the car in 2017. (He diagnosed the bad TA). He left convinced this is an original, rust free, unmolested, survivor.
  • No rust.
  • Solid floor pans.
  • Rocker panels with factory seams.
  • Missing rear deck luggage rack; mounting holes still there.
  • Pristine interior.
  • Color of seats & door cards: Cinghiale (Italian for “Wild Boar”) also called “Pigskin” in period brochures.
  • No splits or cracks on dash
  • Top replaced. No cracks or rips.
Great spring project! Enjoy spirited drives this summer and fall. Priced to sell quickly: $5850
Contact by cell or text: Peter Cowan 812.361.9539 / Lauren Cowan 812.369.1446
 

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I thought they outlawed Alfas in that region when I moved away in January 1980. I had a 65 Sprint GT, GP Giulietta Spider with open side pipes, and a 1959 2000 Roadster. I would routinely make timed runs headed north on 37 to my cabin in the forest near Martinsville. They tried, but caught me only once, testing the fresh brakes in the race car. Got the trooper up from his dinner table. Told me to take it home.

Very nice find, very fine price.
 

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Thanks Don. It's my mother-in-law's car. Some of those few original miles were from blasting through the Arizona desert on hot summer nights when Lauren and I were courting.
 

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I learned to fly there, which is why I gave up Alfas for the next 26 years. Young attractive ladies + airplanes + Italian sports cars = 1 too many.

I keep coming back to your ad. Gotta stop.
 

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I never liked the yellow ones, anyway.
 

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FYI I have a one minute video of the Alfa running. Dave Strus of the Central Indiana Alfa Owner's Club helped me get it running. We have the air cleaner off, hence the extra noise, and the thermostatic actuator is stuck in the rich position. It also shows Dave trying all the functions.

It is too large to upload to this forum, but I can text it to you.

Best, Peter
 

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My bet is, with only 20k miles, the Spica won’t need overhaul. Thermostatic actuator, yes. Interestingly, the 77 Spider I recently bought out of Oklahoma with only 67k, rust free, and similar condition, the TA works perfectly. The car was last driven about 17-18 years earlier. Amazing a TA should sit around that long, and work.
 

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Dave Strus, regional authority on Alfas & Spica, said the same thing when he inspected this Spider. Spica fuel injection wears out; doesn’t age out. Dave is featured in two excellent videos on YouTube. in Part 1 he explains the mechanical workings of the Spica. In Part 2 he explains how to adjust Spica to function optimally.

YouTube: “SPICA Injected Alfas Part I (1968-1979)” / “SPICA Injected Alfas Part II”
 
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