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After being captivated by Alfas after a trip to Italy last year and after lurking on the Board for almost exactly a year, I finally bought my first Alfa today -- it's a '73 Berlina -- mechanically decent, but needs some (a lot?) of work cosmetically.

Thanks to all of you who participate on this Board and on this Forum in particular -- with all your advice and guidance, I think (and hope) I have a good idea of what I'm getting into... Next steps will be signing up on the Register, befriending my mechanic, and perhaps showing up at some events.

By the way, on my drive home, I stopped at a light and the cabbie next to me gave me a thumbs up -- he rolled down his window and shouted, "Excellent! -- I had the same car 30 years ago in Italy!", and I got to shout, "I just bought this one today!" I'll take his thumbs-up as a good omen.
 

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Here she is,

A longtime California car via Emeryville and Santa Cruz, with plenty to keep me occupied. New tires go on tomorrow, then I'll get her in the shop, start looking for new bumpers, new trim, new headliner, work on the rust, etc., etc. But she's eminently driveable, so she won't have to sit while I'm doing all that....
 

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