Saturday, October 11, 2014

10k: Gold Nugget: 1973 Alfa Romeo Berlina

The Alfa Romeo Berlina is not an exception to the rule that 4-door versions will always be worth less than a 2-door sibling. However, prices for Berlinas have seen some aggressive increases in the past decade, but that doesn't mean you have to cash in your 401k to pickup a nice example, just buy carefully.  Like this 1973 Alfa Romeo Berlina offered for $9995 in Portland, OR via craigslist.  Tip from Gianni.

This car came to us via a tip, but we noticed the  watermarks which can only mean this is our buddy Ian's car.  A quick trip to thefacebook and confirms this is the case.  This Berlina looks really nice and is described as a strong running example with a decent list of recent work.  Strangely enough a similar car recently sold via's auction format for a shockingly low $8,925 ($8500 to seller + 5% buyer's premium)...although one potential bidder claimed last minute technical difficulties -- you can read about the whole thing here.  If you missed the chance to buy that one, this one (with the larger 2.0 liter engine) seems like another great deal at roughly the same price out the door.

This Berlina is powered by a  2.0 liter inline-4 with high compression pistons, a big valve head and hot cams from "Mortimer 2," plus a Wes Ingram pump and long tube headers.  The entire setup looks pretty hot and is mated to a "lightened transmission" -- which at first I thought was some kind of joke about the Alfa dumping parts of its transmission on the highway, but this is really a special Merrit Carden built lightweight transmission.  

The interior looks great, probably because the carpet was replaced by a former owner and the seats are Mazda MX-5 leather seats bolted into the car. It all looks very nice and ready for the next owner.

See another well priced Berlina for sale?


  1. Oh God, this is beautiful.

    I am now officially trying to figure out what I can sell to make room.

  2. The BaT car went for a low price as the original SPICA equipped engine had been swapped for a later Motronic engine.

  3. When it was concocted, it is explicitly intended for screening or security purposes and to find mines. best metal detector for beginners


Commenting Commandments:
I. Thou Shalt Not write anything your mother would not appreciate reading.
II. Thou Shalt Not post as anonymous unless you are posting from mobile and have technical issues. Use name/url when posting and pick something Urazmus B Jokin, Ben Dover. Sir Edmund Hillary Clint don't matter. Just pick a nom de plume and stick with it.
III. Honor thy own links by using <a href ="http://www.linkgoeshere"> description of your link </a>
IV. Remember the formatting tricks <i>italics</i> and <b> bold </b>
V. Thou Shalt Not commit spam.
VI. To embed images: use [image src="" width="400px"/]. Limit images to no wider than 400 pixels in width. No more than one image per comment please.