Keith’s Blog: Are there any good reasons to buy this Alfa?



As you can imagine, my feelings about the Alfa are the strongest. Seeing the car elicits an amalgam of memories, including the white ’67 that I put 45,000 miles on during my junior and senior years of college, commuting between my home town of San Francisco and Reed College in Portland. 

This Alfa is a mess. It has been repainted once, a long time ago and badly, which takes it out of the running for “survivor” status. The interior is not terrible—the unattractive but functional non-factory hard top has kept it from rotting from the inside out.

The rockers are exfoliating, and who knows how the floors are. The car  has been hit front and rear.

And I have no idea how it runs and drives. But if the exterior is any clue, “not very well” would be my guess.

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The only redeeming value I see in the car would be making it into an SCM “rat rod” – getting the mechanicals sorted, the suspension redone and the interior freshened, but leaving the “Mad Max” exterior exactly as it is. The “anti-concours” Alfa.

When the car moved recently, I couldn’t help myself and put a note on the windshield asking the owner to contact me. Luckily, perhaps, he has not responded.

Really, I have no need or no use for this Alfa; it’s easily $25,000 away from being a nice car, and nice Duettos can be bought for less.

So here’s my question to you. Are there really any reasons to pursue this Alfa? Or should I just sit and watch it slowly disintegrate, as I have for the past fifteen years? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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, now in its 33rd year. Keith has written for the New York Times, Automobile, AutoWeek, Road & Track and other publications, is an emcee for numerous concours, and had his own show, “What’s My Car Worth,” shown on Velocity. He has received many honors, including the Lee Iacocca Award, the Edward Herrman Award, was inducted into the Concorso Italiano Hall of Fame and more. He is on the boards of directors of The LeMay Museum and Oregon Ballet Theater, and was formerly the chair of the board of the Meguiar's Award.

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