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1960 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider

Maintaining the Solex PH44 carburetors, with their prone-to-malfunction secondaries, is enough to drive almost any technician to heavy drink In 1950, Alfa Romeo turned away from the costly and complicated, hand-built, eight- and six-cylinder high performance sports and racing cars that had made their name before World War II. The […]

1933 Alfa Romeo Tipo 6C 1750 Supercharged Gran Sport Spyder

The steerinThe steering is precise, the brakes are excellent for the era, and the handling as good as it gets for an early ’30s car The 1750 Gran Sport is regarded as one of the finest sports racing cars of its time and its race record is nothing short of […]

Why Healeys are Worth More Than Ferraris

Watching an Austin-Healey 3000 sell for $90,000 is both exhilarating and bewildering. The bidding in the crowded auditorium at the DoubleTree, for the brilliantly restored blue BJ8, started at $30,000 and sped quickly to $60,000.RM’s auctioneer, Peter Bainbridge, was enjoying himself. And why wouldn’t he, when he’s got real bidders, […]

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint

The Super Sprint is a sleeper in the sub- exotic category of vintage cars Its factory devastated by wartime bombing, Alfa Romeo did not resume car production until 1947, and the firm’s first all-new offering of the post-war period arrived in 1950. Designed by Dr. Orazio Satta Puliga, and intended […]

North To Alaska

“Moose! Don’t hit the moose!” A full-grown moose stands six feet high at the shoulder and weighs over 1,500 pounds. Hitting one at 100 mph in a fiberglass Corvette would be a very bad idea. Downshifting from sixth to third and nailing the throttle, while swinging the car wide to […]

“Better Than New”

In the midst of the thunderstorm, a bolt of lightening struck the century-old, 200 foot tall fir tree next to our home, and then jumped to our roof. The force of nature is powerful; The electricity that surged through the house blew me back five feet from my computer keyboard. […]

1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Normale

As described by the seller on eBay Motors: This is a 1964 Giulia Spider Normale that has been in the same family since new and underwent a complete restoration in 1984. All of the mechanical systems were renewed during this time. The engine was totally rebuilt with all original Alfa […]

1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce

Notoriously difficult to restore, with very fussy interiors Dear SCM: Thank you for the glowing review and the raising the bar on Alfa Giulietta Sprint Veloces in the January issue of SCM. This recent eBay result (item #2421596395, ending July 2, 2003) will help substantiate the elevated pricepoint that SCM […]

First Drive

There’s a lot going on at SCM world headquarters this month, but we’ll get to that in a minute. There’s been a milestone occurrence in the Martin-Banzer family. Last weekend, our 11-year-old daughter, Alexandra, learned to drive. Early piloting is a tradition in our family; My grandfather, Tom McDowell, taught […]