Chances are I will never own an Italian car, and I'm not really sure my grass roots mechanical abilities would afford me the skill to maintain such a beast. If I did consider wading into the world of Rosso Corsa, I would want to cut my teeth on something less recognizable and forgiving of my mechanical malaise. That way, I could make a complete mess of it and no one would be the wiser. Find this 1977 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV 2.0 near Los Angeles, CA for $4,500 via craigslist.
These cars were made for driving, and nothing screams that more than having only a tachometer dead center in front of the driver. You want to know how fast your going? Well, if you must, look yonder to your right son, as the speedometer is sitting in the middle of the dashboard. Oh yeah, so are all your other indicators & gauges...but who needs them anyway??
The seller has already undertaken some modifications to this car and it looks like he has decided to move on mid-project. If the powertrain is as stout as he suggests then this could be a fun project. Learning to appease the fickleness of Italian automobiles hasn't yet found a way onto my bucket list, but if it did this example would be worth a further look. If I were to render the car completely unusable with my ham-fisted wrenching skills then surely the parts are worth more than the sum of the whole?
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When not receiving complaints of "distracted by cars...again" from his wife, Glenn can be found in the kitchen whipping up exotic cuisine and nourishing nosh.