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The hunt for Red October

Tough cars to find right now. I am tryng for a bit over 2 years to find the right car in the US. Most cars are in Europe and most are red. This is probably your best bet if you want one fast (But do all the required dilligence and budget another 10 - 20% of the asking price to make them right).

Good US cars seem to have completely dried up. I tried all the sources above and put several ads in the AROC magazine with no real results (Maybe one, but I will not tell you :)). A good way in my opinion is to know the excellent SS's you want and stay really close to the owners ... and wait and make sure the check book is ready once they decide to sell (This seems to work for another rare Alfa that I am working on really hard right now ...)

Keep looking. It can take while but it will be fun,

Mike
Mike,
Historically, my experience with SS cars buyers is that most tend to be bargain shoppers. As an SS owner, I get "interested" parties wanting to buy my car. Ambiguous approaches by potential car buyers’ leads to pricing games thus resulting in any interest for a deal to go cold in a hurry. There are no bargains when it comes to SS’s out there, and you or any interested party must be upfront and stating your requirements for the correct car and the price range you are willing to pay. Simply stating, wanting a nice SS is not going to get you no where. Too many tire kickers out there just fishing for a bargain from an unsuspected owner, so they hope. For that reason I do not respond to any kind of advertisements such as looking for a nice car simply because 99.9% ends up duds. I am not saying you are, I am just stating that you must separate the real buyer from the dud. You would be surprised at what you find. The market is not as dry as you or anyone else might think, these cars just don’t disappear from the face of the earth every time they exchange hands. Good luck with your seach.

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Mike,

That is the absolute truth. The best sales, regardless of price comes from people we know. For the most part that seems to be a greates level of comfort between buyers and sellers. I knew of the owner of my current SS for nearly twenty years before it ended up in my garage. I bought the one owner SS along with a Giulia TI six years ago for the sum of $2,500.00. Sold the TI less engine and transmission for about $700 and kept the SS. It is not often that one find such a car for $1,800.00; on Photo: 65 Giulia Spider Veloce, SS, 59 Spider Veloce and 67 European GTV

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Lionel
 

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