1982 Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint Veloce

One of Alfa Romeo's most successful models was one which never saw the light of day here in the US market: the Alfasud. Constructed at a new factory in the south of Italy as part of a labor agreement with the Italian government, this compact car was quite a departure for Alfa Romeo, as it featured front-wheel drive and a horizontally opposed four cylinder engine. I've never seen one on these shores, but this one for sale in Switzerland is quite appealing, given it is a two door Sprint version and has the more aesthetically pleasing earlier bumpers.

1982 Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint Veloce

Rare, very beautiful Alfasud Sprint Veloce 1.5, 120,000 km, 95 hp, first hand, runs perfect, no rust. New timing belt replaced, five original steel wheels with small hubcaps are included.

Notorious for their poor build quality and rust issues as a result of crude Russian steel used during manufacture, it amazes me that the seller is asking almost $16,000 USD. Good, clean Spiders can be had for less, and there a multitude of other modern classics out there which offer more bang for the buck. If this car was for sale at just under half of the asking price, it would start to look a bit more appealing, given its condition.

-Paul

1984 Ferrari 400i

For most enthusiasts in the market for a Ferrari, the 400i and 412 are probably way down at the bottom of the want list. Even with a V12 and four seat practicality, they never made a splash here in the US, mainly because they weren't sold here new. Many of these coupes were fitted with a GM 3 speed automatic, but this example for sale in Ontario has the desirable 5-speed gearbox and looks very up to date in gray over red leather.

1984 Ferrari 400i

1984 Ferrari 400i with the rare and highly desirable 5 speed manual transmission, in the classic color combination of Grigio Ferro Metallic, with red leather interior in very good condition. There are no rips or tears in the leather, and in general the leather looks very clean and nice. The original red carpets in good condition, black dash, mostly original factory paint, very clean California car, 74,200 miles from new, fully documented history file, very strong engine, starts and runs very well, the manual transmission shifts very well, fresh TRX tires, clean Ontario title, 0-60 in 6.1 seconds, top speed 155MPH, This car is marked as both 400GT and 400i on its factory build late. It is titled under its Ferrari chassis number 50679. Its VIN number is ZFFEB07000050679. The Ebay system does not recognize the actual VIN of a 400GT, so it won't allow me to list it as a 1984. This car was imported to California from France and we have the DOT certification documents. These 400i Ferraris have been undervalued partly because most of them were automatics. The manual transmission completely transforms the car. Running it through the gears is a joy. It pulls strong and hard in every gear. It is a fabulous high speed highway cruiser, it handles very well with crisp turn-in and high cornering ability. 90 percent of the performace of a Daytona for 10 percent of the price. Half of the price of the next cheapest V12 Ferrari. Prices are rising, now is the time to invest. I invite you to please inspect this car before bidding to satisfy yourself as to its condition. This car is available to be viewed by serious bidders in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. If you would like to take delivery in Buffalo New York please call me for more information.

It's hard to say whether 400i and 412 models are rising; they have seemed rather flat in recent years. The manual transmission certainly makes this V12 tourer more desirable for serious enthusiasts. With mileage approaching 75,000, prospective buyers should be prepared to spend about $25,000 to $35,000 for such an example with a documented history.

-Paul

2005 Maserati Quattroporte

It has been a decade since the return of Maserati to the United States; consequently values of earlier models like the Coupe, Spyder and Quattroporte, have dropped into reasonable territory. The Quattroporte is about the closest thing you can currently get to a four door Ferrari, as this executive saloon shares it's Ferrari-based 4.2 liter V8 engine. With an arresting exhaust note and classic Italian coachwork inside, this isn't your everyday luxury vehicle. Here is a Quattroporte for sale in Florida with under 20,000 miles that looks rather sharp in dark metallic blue.

2005 Maserati Quattroporte

This 2005 Maserati Quattroporte has the power reclining rear seats and comfort package, has 66% clutch life left, and is in impeccable condition with only 19k miles! As expected from a highline Maserati Quattroporte, this vehicle is in impeccable exterior, interior, and mechanical condition and is fully loaded with:

- Rear Climate Controls
- Rear Reclining and Power Seats
- Super Low Miles: 19k miles and the clutch has already been replaced once, which means that it has a lot of life left: Over 66% remaining as verified by a Maserati mechanic!
- Navigation System
- 19" Ball-Polished upgraded wheels wrapped in Continental tires
- Two-tone custom ordered blue and tan interior
- Sunroof

WARRANTY: Each vehicle we sell comes with a 7 day warranty guaranteeing against major defects. We also offer extended warranties at a very reasonable cost from Royal Warranty Administration. Rest assured, this vehicle comes with a clean Autocheck/Carfax with service history. This vehicle was acquired directly from a private seller.

Condition: We are committed to selling only the finest pre-owned vehicles, and this Maserati is no exception. With all used vehicles there are signs of wear, but this Maserati has been maintained so well that there are no defects to note save for minor wear and chips on the bumpers! If you are looking for an incredible deal on a loaded 2005 Maserati Quattroporte, you won't find a better value nor better condition than this mint condition executive sedan. This Maserati also comes with all floor mats, all weather floor mats, two remote keys, spare tire and tool kit. We have a clear title in hand for the new owner.

It is tempting to think that you could own such an exotic vehicle for the price of a new BMW 3 series, but be forewarned that these early examples with their paddle shifted gearbox have been known to be rather cranky around town when in automatic mode. Also, a clutch replacement will run around $2,000 to $3,000, depending on who performs the work. Time will tell just how well these newer Maseratis hold up as compared to the Biturbos of the 1980s, but so far, they are proving to be a marked improvement over their forebears.

-Paul

1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Transformabile

Before the outbreak of World War II, Bianchi was known as a bicycle manufacturer and a maker of high end vehicles. With the destruction of the Bianchi factory during the war and the death of founder Edoardo Bianchi in 1946, ownership passed on to his son, who kept the business alive, focusing on the bicycle and motorcycle production. It was soon thereafter Bianchi begun to explore the possibility of returning to automobile manufacturing. It was apparent, however, that the costs in doing so were too great for this small company. A partnership with Fiat was thus devised, as this provided Bianchi with the necessary economies of scale and gave Fiat a way to capture the premium small car market under a new nameplate: Autobianchi. This particular car for sale, the Bianchina, was the first product of the partnership. It was based on Fiat 500 mechanicals and had was a rather unique two door body style with a folding canvas roof. Few of these were made, and fewer still made it to the US. This one for sale in Arizona has had a complete restoration and exudes a late 1950s look in turquoise with a white roof.

1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Transformabile

Summary: 1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Transformabile Special, Series 2, is a very rare Italian micro car only produced from 1959 to 1961. Only 1500 of these semi-convertible ‘transformabile Specials’ models were made. Complete restoration done to show quality. Runs, drives and shows excellent.

Details: Powered by a 500cc/21hp, air cooled, rear mounted 2 cylinder engine, backed by a 4-speed manual gearbox, 4-wheel independent suspension and 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. This is an excellent example of one of the world's most attractive micro cars. A complete high quality restoration done to show standards has been performed. This car was brought down to it’s tub, media blasted with aluminum oxide and all internal floor and doors treated with Por-15 products before body and paint completion. Finished in a classic blue color with cream accents, and sporting Pirelli tires. One look will tell the experienced buyer the level of restoration this Bianchina has received, down to new or rebuilt mechanicals, and attention to details that really make this car a one of a kind. VIN#018118 Motor: FIAT 110.004 #090895

Car History: In 1885, 20-year-old Eduardo Bianchi set up a bicycle-making business in Milan, and before long was making motorized three-wheelers and then, before the turn of the century, four-wheelers. In the 1920s, Bianchi was third behind only Fiat and Lancia in Italian car production. In 1955, following a business alliance with Fiat and Pirelli and a name change to Autobianchi, the reorganized company focused its operations on a long-running series of upscale Fiat 500 variants. Fiat provided the technical components and knowledge, Pirelli provided the tires, and Bianchi created the bodies and assembled the vehicles. The body was designed by Luigi Rapi. The first product produced under this new venture was the Bianchina which was based on the Fiat 500 and offered luxury features not found on the 500. The first body style to roll off the assembly line was the 'Trasformabile' and would remain as the only body-style available until 1960, when the Cabriolet was introduced.

Diminutive yet bursting with an abundance of sporting character, the Bianchina offered sturdy and widely available Fiat 500 mechanical components with luxurious levels of trim for the era. The understated yet captivating Bianchina was further enhanced by a series of mechanical upgrades, including a lowered suspension, which contributed to a sportier ride. Despite its small two-cylinder air-cooled engine mounted in the rear of the car, the Bianchina was quite a capable performer, with a top speed of 60 mph and an estimated range of nearly 300 miles. Fuel economy reportedly approached a very impressive 50 mpg. While the Bianchina was just one of the many fascinating European micro cars that were available during the 1950s and 1960s, it was an unqualified success. In fact, with its decidedly sporty demeanor and limited-production cachet, it was quickly regarded by enthusiasts as the rich mans’ Fiat.

It's always amazing to me that old technology could return such high fuel economy figures, but then, it shows how much of a benefit light weight can be. If manufacturers these days would explore more lightweight materials and work on getting the costs down to reasonable levels, it would only help the drive for greater fuel efficiency.

Fiat 500s of this era, in good condition, regularly trade hands in the $15,000 to $20,000 range, with exceptional or rare examples fetching even more money. If this Bianchina sells, I would probably peg it in the $25,000 to $30,000 range, but if the right bidders are in the mix, it may bring slightly more.

-Paul

1967 Lancia Flaminia Zagato Super Sport

Lancias were always vehicles ahead of their time, the Flaminia being no exception. The flagship of the range from the late 1950s until 1970, three versions of the two door hardtop variant were offered by three different styling houses: Pininfarina, Touring and the car we see here, the Zagato. Known for its flamboyance, Zagato's influence on this particular car was rather restrained, yet still sleek for the time. The faired in headlamps and signals, single circular tail lamps and curious C pillar treatment were signs of things to come for this Carrozzeria. This example for sale in California was recently restored by a noted Italian car specialist in Boston.

1967 Lancia Flaminia Zagato Super Sport

1967 Lancia Flaminia Zagato Super Sport
s/n 826232002116, Engine No. 828200*2121*
Dark Blue with Tan Leather

Thanks to their pedigreed racing histories and innovative and unconventional technical features, few cars captivate the motoring world as Lancias do. Zagato coachbuilders are responsible for the dramatic and masculine styling of the Aston Martin DB4GTZ, Fiat 8V Zagato, and Maserati A6G 2000 and many other cars of the era that now command into the millions of dollars. Zagato bodies tend to be made entirely of alloy and are thus much lighter than those bodies designed by Pinnin Farina and Bertone. This, together with their “swoopy” aerodynamic traits, made Zagato bodies an obvious choice for competition use. Indeed, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Fiat, Lancia, and Maserati all commissioned Zagato to build bodies for their racecars of the era. Because of their alloy construction, Zagato bodies were expensive, and were therefore rare, even when new. Lancias also tended to be quite rare because of the high prices that their advanced technology commanded. Thus, a Lancia with a `double bubble` body by Zagato is an extremely rare find, and today, they have finally become the sought after and valuable cars they deserve to be.

At the time, the Flaminia was the flagship of the Lancia line, and incorporated numerous sophisticated features, including an aluminum V6 and transaxle with inboard disc brakes for excellent weight distribution and low unsprung weight. While the sedan and PF coupes were more lushly furnished, the Zagato was the most sporting version of Lancia’s top-of-the-line model. This particular Flaminia Super Sport bodied by Zagato was built in 1967, is the most advanced of the Flaminia line, and was fitted at the factory with the desirable triple carburetor set up known as “3C”, and the updated 2.8 liter engine, enlarged from the 2.5 liter cars built during the first and second series of production. In total, less that 600 Zagato bodied Flaminias were built during the three production series.

This particular example appears to have been originally delivered to a Barbara Weiner in Italy, as documents on file show service work performed in Firenze in July of 1968. Shortly thereafter the car appears to have been imported to the US, and was sold to the Mackaman family. By 1974, the car was owned by a Dr. Bukovnik, who retained car until 2002, with it mostly remaining in static storage. The current owner purchased the car in 2002, and shortly thereafter embarked on a full restoration with Lancia expert John (Giovanni) Tataglia at Motorsports Garage in Boston, Massachusetts.

The restoration work was as comprehensive a job as can be imagined, and was performed in a no expense spared fashion. A detailed photoset of the restoration process reveals a rotisserie, bare metal up finish, complete engine and transaxle rebuilds, among many other works. The current cosmetic and mechanical condition of the car is superb. The visual presentation is fresh, with very correct detailing, and the car runs and drives as Lancia intended- a smooth, high quality, well balanced feel- typical of their engineering masterpieces.

At over a quarter million dollars, this car is for the serious collector. The level of work put into this restoration reflects that figure. I'm a firm believer that Italian cars produced between the 1950s and 1970s have been some of the most gorgeous automobiles to grace the roads. The attention to aesthetics is unmatched. The Italians even devised small, delicate looking front license plates, so as to not mar the front clip with too much adornment. This Flaminia truly puts the grand in grand tourer.

-Paul

1993 Ferrari 512TR

Even though the basic design lived on until 1996, the Ferrari Testarossa was an icon of the 1980s and remains one of the most recognizable Ferraris to date. In 1991, the original Testarossa underwent a facelift, and was reintroduced as the 512TR. The subtle styling tweaks and updated wheels lent a bit of refinement to this 12 cylinder brute, but kept the trademark side strakes. This bright yellow example for sale in Texas is an almost new example with an impossibly low 4,300 miles on the clock.

1993 Ferrari 512TR

Incredible 1993 Ferrari 512 TR Testarossa! This amazing piece of art looks as good as the day it left the showroom floor. Barely over 4,000 miles and a near perfect interior! Ferrari black Connolly leather interior, electric windows, tinted & heated glass, Quartz clock, Bosch Motronic 2.7 Ignition/ Injection with feedback control and on board diagnostics, electric side view mirrors, electric door locks, four wheel ventilated disc brakes, 5 speed gearbox with oil pump, limited slip differential, air conditioning, car cover, stereo speakers, antenna for radio, alloy rims. 5.0 Liter 12 cylinder engine. Tubi exhaust and cats.

Includes rare 5 piece Ferrari Luggage! Recent Ferrari Major service with new seals and hoses, new michelin Tyres and Fresh Brakes. Includes original window sticker priced at $195,600 and all receipts, manuals, service records, spares and extras. Bid with full confidence, This is a SPECTACULAR part of automotive history that has been stored in an air conditioned building and detailed weekly. No expense was spared in the care and maintaining this beautiful Ferrari.

There are two things on this car I'm not a fan of. First is the single stripe down the center of the body. This Pininfarina design is one which does not lend itself well to any kind of alteration whatsoever. Second, this was an era where Ferraris had the motorized seatbelts, as airbags would appear shortly after this 512TR was built. At almost $120,000, this is very pricey for any sort of Testarossa, even considering the mileage. Most Testarossas and 512TRs these days are hovering around $60,000 to $90,000.

-Paul

1976 Lancia Scorpion

Given the limited number of Lancia Scorpions sold new in the US, I've been surprised by the amount of mint condition examples that have come on the market recently. This Scorpion for sale in Toronto is remarkably rust free and has benefitted from a recent repaint. In red, this mid-engined Lancia exudes a decidedly Ferrari-esque aura.

1976 Lancia Scorpion

You are bidding on a rare 1976 Lancia Scorpion that is rust free and is ready to be put to use as a reliable and fun classic. The great thing with these cars it that just about every part is still available and at a reasonable cost, check out www.montehospital.com, you can even use this to build your own Martini Lancia 037 rally car replica. The bodywork was completely repainted in glorious Ferrari Rosso in 2009 and the only spot of rust was removed and repaired. This is one of only six in Canada and even in the States they are quite rare. People always think it is a Ferrari and it certainly turns heads.

Tires and battery are brand new. I also have a fibreglass double bubble roof insert which I use for winter storage, the folding top is still seviceable and I have a spare for when replacement is necessary. There is also a new carpet set, a the five original Cromadoro 13" wheels with 90% used tires, the original tool kit is also present. Worried about buying on-line and shipping across the continent? Don't be; this car was my first such purchase and since then I bought a Merecedes SL500 from California and recently purchased a 33ft Trawler in St. Petersburg. I will assist with shipping arrangements So why is the Lancia for sale? Let's just say that I am not as slim as I was and SL fits me better! I have a 2009 inspection/valuation available. Price is as is where is and being 36 years old the Lancia has no warranty.

Scorpions of this caliber usually sell anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000, with truly exceptional examples bringing a bit upwards of that range. I've said it before and I'll say it again: the value for money factor is high when it comes to the Lancia Scorpion. Few cars can compete at this price when you consider this vehicle's balanced chassis, crisp, Pininfarina lines and competition pedigree.

-Paul

1972 Fiat 850 Spider

My father was one of the first people in the US to place an order for a 2002 MINI Cooper. When we went to order the car, there were no new vehicles on the lot or in the showroom, but a few vintage Minis hanging about. A similar trend has taken shape at Fiat dealers across the country. While the Nuova 500 is readily available in the showroom, every now and then you'll see a vintage Fiat for sale on the lot to draw some customers into the showroom and highlight a bit of the manufacturer's history. Following on to the Fiat 850 Bertone Coupe we featured last week, here is an 850 Spider for sale in Oklahoma City.

1972 Fiat 850 Spider

Beautiful Italian styling combined with timeless functionality, efficient design and the thrill of a classic automobile – these are the attributes that made the 1972 FIAT 850 a timeless icon. If you are in search of an iconic Italian classic, this FIAT 850 showcases just that. Come see this classic piece of Italian historic luxury.

For about $4,000, you would be hard pressed to find a cheaper way into an Italian vehicle without it instantly bankrupting you. The convertible top on this 850 Spider looks a bit ill-fitting and a few trim items could use some freshening up, but overall, this car looks to be a nice survivor that falls short of show quality but could be instantly enjoyed.

-Paul

1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde

Lately we've featured several mint condition Alfa Romeo 164s, but here's a well kept example of the 164's predecessor, the Alfa Romeo Milano, or 75 as it was known in Europe. This is the last of the rear-wheel drive Alfa Romeo sedans and it is looking cosmetically tidy with just under 45,000 miles.

1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde

If any of you have ever read any of my post you know that I'm always in and out of the country, and now more out than in. So, I've finally decided that I can not let the Milano keep sitting in a garage, because this time I may be gone for a year or so. So about the Verde. It's an '88 with 43,743 original miles in great condition. This is not a show car but a great daily driver for anyone who wants to enjoy driving to work grocery shopping and what not.

List of things done to car (only 261 miles driven since all these things have been done):

timing belt, water pump, oil + filter changed Mobil 1, new spark plugs, rear break pads, tranny mounts
coolant flush, any rust on body has been taken care of. Brand new accumulator, brand new front and rear guibilos (flex donuts) on drive shaft replaced. Reupholstered head liner, minus sunroof panel. I still have dealership window sticker, and title shows 15,000 miles on car. And God knows how many other things I can't remember.

THE BAD:
Like I said not a flawless show car, various little dents on hood, small dent on left rear quarter, several nicks, the car, when I found it had a tire and some random things chucked in back seat, which obviously did some damage, front left shock is squeaking and front passenger seat has some wear seat (friggin' Recaro matirial) and the sun roof upholstery has fallen.

Asking $6,500 no resonable offer will be refused. PS: if buyer pays for shocks I'll put them in. Will deliver with in a few hundred mile radius as long as travel expenses are payed by buyer.

Cosmetically this car is great, but the two downsides are that it resides in New England (road salt) and that the owner says it had been sitting for a while. Still, there's not a lot of choice these days when it comes to Milanos in good condition and this example is as good as any that are out there for sale. With some attention paid to the front suspension and some reconditioning of the upholstery, this would be a fine driver and about as big of a conversation starter as any sedan could be.

-Paul

1976 Lamborghini Uracco

One aspect that separates Ferraris from Lamborghinis is that under the $50,000 mark, there isn't much choice amongst the cars with the Raging Bull on the bonnet. About the most affordable Lamborghinis to be had are the V12 powered Espadas and this car, the mid-engined V8 Urraco. Oftentimes, these aren't the most mint condition examples, either. But here we have a Uracco on offer in Ohio for just under $60,000. It looks rather fresh thanks to recent paintwork and an engine service.

1976 Lamborghini Urraco 300

1976 Lamborghini Urraco. Arnacio (Orange) with very original Black and Beige Interior, Original Weber Carbureted V-8 and 5 Speed Transmission. Original Wheels with Proper Michelin XWX Radials. Recent Restoration included paint, detail, and full engine-out service. Just in from long ownership by fussy older gentleman and long time collector.

These Lamborghinis of the 1970s aren't for everyone, as the federalized bumpers and the slatted rear window date the car. But I always believed Italian supercars look great in loud, primary colors. This Urraco is no different. With under 1,000 built, it matches the rarity of certain cars twice its price, so you certainly won't see yourself coming and going in this.

-Paul