This is an important point, 32 years ago when the 164 was introduced Alfa had 3 models in the market, the 164, Milano, and Spider, 2 years later only 2, and neither one was a big seller here. Certain parts of the country you couldn't even get them, and the last 2 years of the 164 they sold very few, and the Spider was gone.Yeah. I think the last time alfas were prolific was probably late 60's into the 70's. And even then that's when they started going downhill as an independent company
I was passing a beautiful mint 80-something GTV once in my 2020 Giulia QV and I waved to the guy, he looked at me like I had 2 heads and took off lol.When I'm out on the road in my GTV or my duetto,
I see a new Alfa go by and the driver rarely, if ever, acknowledges a heritage car.
I hear ya! Also their premium track rod ends are cheaper than Euro equivalent and in stock……still get dinged on shipping tho’ which really really bugs me!!!Some encouraging news.
I just placed an order for calipers, rotors, reservoir, master cylinder and flexible brake lines for a 105 car that I'm having restored.
Centerline had everything in stock.
2 months ago, several of these items were "Out of Stock".
Agree completely with this."Exorbitant shipping costs" seems to be the common denominator for not choosing CL first.. If Joe is watching this thread.. a word to the wise. Customers will pay a fair price for goods but they will take you down when they feel violated by even a smidgen on shipping charges. Salt is rubbed into the wounds when a $10+ flat rate box shows up with a $20+ shipping charge, or a plain brown carton could have been shipped flat-rate. for example. The USPS has pick-up just like UPS ..Once burned.. is long remembered and a drip drip drip on the business model. Handling and shipping seems to be a profit center in it's own with CL. .
I've also seen Classic Alfa source certain parts from OKP and My Alfa Group (both great suppliers), at cheaper than the OKP and MAG websites ... a little weird, sure, but I feel like I generally have received quality goods from CA, quickly, and with lower shipping to boot. I don't think I've yet ordered from an American supplier because they just aren't matching the Europeans' prices.Just did a price comparison for exactly the same products.
Classic Alfa vs Alfaholics
Both use DHL for delivery although Classic Alfa is cheaper ( no mark up is my guess)
Alfaholics asks for a separate payment to be made for custom duties Classic Alfa does not
Classic Alfa bills in dollars immediately on check out. Alfaholics bills in £sterling then converts once the order is verified so introduces at least a day ordering delay.
For a variety of exactly the same std replacement parts (not specialised or modified) Classic Alfa is significantly cheaper. When you add the shipping and import taxes then the overall savings become 30% cheaper!!!
I then challenged Mr Fiat on the same list and they were over 50% more than Classic Alfa! ***!
It’s the Wild West out there!!
The EU and Brit guys are basing their profit margins in pounds and Euros .. with the exchange rate in our favor now, we get the benefit of a stronger dollar.. The US suppliers also benefit as their posts have improved but the freight in bound to them has escalated.I've also seen Classic Alfa source certain parts from OKP and My Alfa Group (both great suppliers), at cheaper than the OKP and MAG websites ... a little weird, sure, but I feel like I generally have received quality goods from CA, quickly, and with lower shipping to boot. I don't think I've yet ordered from an American supplier because they just aren't matching the Europeans' prices.