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Looks like good candidate. No mileage stated. You need to assess the suspension, exhaust, )2 sensor, oil consuption, Trans (2nd gear) synchros, clutch & clutch master/slave., drive train. Valve adjust..etc The standard stuff...

If it is in fact with no rust problems makes it a good candidate. Great apparent price!
 

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Here's a good reference on the different models:
http://spiderfaq.home.att.net/

This looks like it could be a decent deal. Most important thing to look for is rust, the number 1 enemy of any vintage Alfa. Another weak area is syncromesh. Does it crunch shifting from 3rd to 2nd? How many miles did it run??
 

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More specifically, look for rust from behind the front tire all the way back to the rear bumper. The rockers in particular need to be solid. Bring your magnet to make sure it isn't all bondo. Put your hand under the car and feel the back side of the rockers. Are they solid or are they "crunchy"?

The importance of this can't be understated - this is the strength of the whole car. If the rockers are rotted out severely, the car could be deadly or at least costly. Note the gap between the car and the jamb at the back. Now open both doors and let the car settle for a minute or so. Close one of the doors. Was it harder to close? Is the gap significantly smaller than before? If so, there is trouble with the rockers and the car is buckling.

Next place to look is the floorboards. This car has carpets so you are going to need to get underneath. Jack the car up (observe all safety precautions) and scoot under with a flashlight and a screw driver. Look around the drain holes front and back, particularly at the very front and rear of the pan. Gently probe with the screw driver. It needs to be solid. If they are, you have a pretty special car since must suffer some rot (it is a convertible after all). While down there, look for oils , etc around the tail piece of the trans and at the bell housing (seal issues).

Take a good look at the oil pan. That is a very cool two piece aluminum unit that is a prime target of potholes and speed bumps. See if there is significant damage. They all are going to have some amount of road rash. The concern here is not only for the pan but also indicates the condition of the motor mounts. If they are old, they sag and this allows the pan to hit, as well as the fan blade to hit the shroud (I don't think this has an electric fan, does it?). They are not expensive but can be a pain to replace. A ruff pan could also mean the springs are sagging.
Check around the lip of the fender. If there is a thick build up is it mud or is it bondo?

Open the trunk, remove the spare tire and look to see if there is any rust-through in the tire well. This is not particularly structural but is again, a good indicator of the overall condition.

Look at the lower corners of the windshield for clouding which would indicate delamination.

So if the car in question passes your critical review it may indeed be a good value. If there is significant rust, you might want to pass...

Good luck!
 

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thanks for all the help guys!

I'm currently waiting for more pics, and how many miles are on it. I'll keep you posted.
 

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What happened to the original alloy wheels??? Have to get used to the red/blk seats, but, man, $2000 is cheap, if the above advice from members turns out OK. Good Luck.
 
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