Keith’s Corner: Buddy Can You Spare a Berlina?

The BMW club offerings were organized by SCMer Brian McCone, and the Mercedes Club by SCMer Allen Stephens. We’ve never owned a really good 2002, and seeing so many of them in one place had me repeatedly checking the balance in my checking account. On the Mercedes side, we haven’t yet settled on what our next Benz should be, but a finback with floorshift is currently leading the race.

The following day we exercised our new-to-us 1967 GTV on an Alfa tour, followed by a memorial tribute to Bob and Margaret McGill, who played a large part in the development of the Alfa Romeo Owners of Oregon.

The GTV was restored bySCMer Dave Rugh over twenty years ago for his wife, Colleen, for use as a daily driver. Outfitted with Rugh suspension and a mild 1750cc engine, it is easily the best-driving Alfa I have ever owned. It’s nice to have it in the SCM fleet next to the Giulia Spider Veloce. Now I’m thinking that a family-friendly Giulia Super or a 1969-71 Berlina is all we need for a full house. Anybody have one, email me at I promise this will be my last Alfa… until the next one!

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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