Keith’s Blog: A Two-Alfa Day, But Where’s the Volvo?

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This afternoon is a big day. I’m driving the 1958 Sprint Veloce Confortevole (SVC) to Jefferson, Oregon, picking up the Giulia Super and driving both cars back, with the help of Michael Pierce. (I’m sure the Sprint will be a completely different experience from Pierce’s 1967 427/435 Corvette roadster.) Since putting in the new fuel pump, the Sprint it has been behaving very well, and I’m anxious to get some miles on it. 

The Super has benefited from a variety of ministrations at the hands of Bill Gillham, ranging from a new heater core, to a complete engine detail, to a Euro air-cleaner setup. It will be good to have it back in the fleet. (Update: While the Sprint ran great, when we got to Jefferson, the Super was not quite ready to go. So we turned around and drove home. We’ll go back another day.)

The Isetta and the Nova have gone away, which leaves us (gasp!) room in the garage. Our 1967 Volvo 122 now has an overdrive fitted, but it remains in Wisconsin — Would anyone like to drive it out here, or perhaps tag-team the drive? Free SCM hat when you arrive!

Hello Retro

Next Monday, Alex and I head for Paris to spend a few days attending Rétromobile and the Artcurial, Bonhams and RM auctions. I love Paris in the winter, and I look forward to meeting many of you at the SCM Reception.

The rest of the year is shaping up, with more What’s My Car Worth? episodes being shot in March, plus travel to Amelia, and being emcee of the La Jolla Concours, Desert Concorso and Keels and Wheels.

Get Into the Concours Guide

Our new Insider’s Guide to Concours d’Elegance is now available online and will be polybagged with your next printed issue. I think it turned out well, and the staff did a great job. If your concours isn’t included, email erin.olson@sportscarmarket.com, and we can revise the digital edition and get your space reserved for next year’s printed edition.

See you on the road!

Keith Martin

Keith Martin has been involved with the collector car hobby for more than 30 years. As a writer, publisher, television commentator and enthusiast, he is constantly on the go, meeting collectors and getting involved in their activities throughout the world. He is the founder and publisher of the monthly Sports Car Market and bi-monthly American Car Collector magazines, has written for the New York Times, Automobile, AutoWeek, Road & Track and other publications, is an emcee for numerous concours, and has his own show, “What’s My Car Worth,” shown on Velocity.

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