1972 Lancia Fulvia

The Lancia Fulvia, for me, is one of the prettiest Italian cars ever produced. Not only were these coupes attractive, but they proved their worth on the World Rally stage, kicking off what would be a string of competition successes for Lancia. This Fulvia 1.3 for sale in California looks a bit pedestrian in beige, but this is one Italian sports coupe that should be given its due respect.

1972 Lancia Fulvia

We bought this car from a dealer in Texas in February of 2012. Apparently the owner of the dealership was jogging by and saw the Fulvia in a garage with an open garage door. He spoke to the owners as wound-up buying the car. The elderly owners told him that they had imported the car from Italy about 10 years before. Texas title.

We bought the car and it arrived from Texas about 5 miles from our house. We started to drive it home but it ran poorly and the brakes were sticking. We got within 2 miles of the house and the brakes locked-up entirely.We trailered the car the rest of the way and when we opened the trunk, it had all of the parts necessary for a complete brake rebuild including rotors. We can only assume that the owners knew of the brake problem and bought the parts but never got around to having the work done. I understand that if the cars sit a long time the brakes locking up is a common problem. Once the brakes were rebuilt they worked great and do now.

By then we assumed that it had been sitting so that was probably the root of the poor running. We drained the gas from the tank and bought a fuel filter and carb kit from LA Lancia (great guy!) and after rebuilding the carb the car runs great. Starts easily with choke every time, good oil pressure no overheating. As per my luck, it wouldn't start when I picked it up from the detailer Saturday so it also has a brand new battery. Tires look good and all lights seem to work fine.

The body is excellent. Gold is generally not our favorite color on a car but somehow it looks good on the Fulvia.The paint appears to be older (I suspect in Italy) but there is not evidence of any problem under the paint except a slight bubble under the paint on the right rear wheel arch. Further, I have gone over the entire bottom of the car including above and below the side trim molding and the edge under the rockers with a magnet and can find no evidence of bondo. (We recorded a video showing me doing this but cannot seem to add it to the listing. If we can figure out a way to add it, we will do so). We are told that these cars can be rust buckets so one that doesn't have any is remarkable. There is no obvious rust behind the front wheels under the car which is good news also. There is evidence of a repair on the drivers floor but it is not big and it is not getting bigger. In fact, we didn't even notice it until we got it up on a rack recently. There are two light scratches on the right rear of the roof and the front of the hood has several marks on it. Despite this, it really looks great and you would be proud to drive it.

The interior is very good but likely not original as it has cloth on the seating surfaces. The up side is that it is likely more usable in a warm climate (Texas?) than the original vinyl. It is in good shape except there is slight staining on the rear cushion that we have never tried to remove. The dash it great with no cracks in the fake wood, plastic dash. The steering wheel is cracked which we also understand is common for these cars. I suspect that the flat door panels are also not stock but we have not seen another Fulvia since we have owned this car to compare it to.

The car is a blast. We can't take it anywhere where it is not the center of attention drawing a larger crowd than cars costing 10 times as much. We have taken it to our local "Cars and Coffee" (EuroSunday) a couple of times where it was a hit. We also took it on a 2-day tour last year and it never missed a beat. It rides surprisingly well, handles well and is larger inside than you would think. For a 1300 cc engine, it is also peppy, once you realize that the power comes on at high rpm's.

We are selling the car because we don't use it (we have 22 other cars) but not without hesitation. You are welcome to inspect or have the car inspected. The car is near Sacramento, California. Good ones of these cars can sell over $20,000 and one sold recently on ebay for $17,350 albeit red with black vinyl.

The seller is pretty spot on with his valuation of these coupes. Around $15,000 to $20,000 is what good examples can bring these days, with exceptional Fulvias reaching into the $20,000 territory. While I love the Alfa Romeo GTV coupes from this period, the Fulvias are just that much more interesting to me. These are cars that kicked off Lancia's domination of the World Rally Championship and for me, it is surprising that they aren't fetching higher prices these days given their storied history. With that said, I think it is an opportune time to pick up one of these coupes, as they are bound to appreciate over the next few years.

-Paul

1980 Fiat 124 Spider

Like the Alfa Romeo GTV6 we featured earlier in the week, the Fiat 124 Spider is an excellent way of getting into the classic Italian car hobby without a big outlay of cash. In addition to reasonable values, it won’t break the bank when it comes to parts and upkeep, as support for this roadster in the enthusiast community is fairly strong and they are relatively simple cars to begin with.

This 124 Spider for sale in Arizona was brought to our attention by our reader Michael has had a recent engine overhaul and has done away with the large and somewhat ungainly US market bumpers from the period.

1980 Fiat 124 Spider

Italian Classic with rising value. Up for Sale and items done; 1980 Fiat 124 Spider, Rosso. First year with Fuel Injection.

NEW: Engine overhaul 3,000 miles ago, transmission overhaul at the same time. Brand new wheels and tires, brand new tie rod ends, brand new front and rear shocks, newer paint, new top, new drive shaft flex disk, new U joint, and more.

There is only 3,000 miles on the new engine. The car shows 53,xxx. No rust at all with 2000cc engine. Items it may need at some point: front brakes are at 50%

No trades or call from dealer please. Would like to sell this car to a collector, serious buyers to drive and enjoy please. Head turner and going up in value. Reason for sale: Just purchased another Italian classic and need the room.

Any questions, please call me at 602-434-two six 20. Price $8,990

This price for this Spider is not too unreasonable considering the engine work and maintenance done, as most 124 Spiders in good, driver quality condition will range between $6,000 and $9,000. A low mileage, concours quality Spider might set you back closer to what the average is for a Series 4 Alfa Romeo Spider. More information on why the engine overhaul was done would be welcome, but this looks like a fun little piece for the warmer months coming up here in the Northeastern US.

-Paul

1996 Ferrari F355 Spider

It's often said that clothes make the man. For me, colors make the car. The F355 was the last of the wedge shaped mid-engined V8 Ferraris and in Le Mans blue with a bright red interior and canvas roof, this Spider is striking. For sale in California, this Ferrari is made even more attractive by eschewing the F1 gearbox in favor of the traditional 6-speed manual.

1996 Ferrari F355 Spider

This is perhaps the rarest and most striking of all F355 Ferrari Spiders. It is the only known Le Mans Blue with a Bordeaux interior in the world in this configuration. The only other known Le Mans Blue with a Bordeaux interior is located in England and it is right and drive and has the terribly slow F1 transmission. This is a classic color combination that was very popular in the 50s and 60s and found on period Ferraris and Maserati.

The typical shrinking leather dash on the F355 was just addressed with thousands spent on new leather. Similarly, the red leather cover for the top is also new. The red leather interior, including the very expensive option of a full red leather dash and matching steering wheel, is in excellent condition as are the beautifully contrasting navy carpets with matching Ferrari original navy floor mats.

A full belt service was just performed in March of 2013 and the Ferrari is running flawlessly. The top was serviced and is working as it should. The top is navy blue. I have known of this car since 2005 when it was for sale in Greenwich CT by Hunting Ridge Motors. (I even have photos from when the dealer offered the car for sale back then.) They sold the car to a gentleman in California. He proceeded to hit the curb with the right rear wheel and cause damage to the front bumper on the lower left side. This bent the lower control arm and the drive shaft. For reasons unknown to me, the owner was paid off and the car then sold at an insurance auction for a very substantial sum several years ago. I attended the auction but was outbid. There was no body damage and no mechanical damage.

The damage was very typical for performance cars that owners often fishtail when applying too much throttle, e.g., bending a lower control arm and damaging a wheel on the right rear. Inspections are welcome. See for yourself how nice a car this is with just 17k miles! And she drives like she has only 17k miles. Tight and solid! The 355 is a great investment. It's the end of the Enzo era inspired cars and they made very few with just over 3k spiders being made for the world. Compare that to the 360 where Ferrari made more than 13,000 of that model! This is the end of the small, svelte go kart like handling Ferraris.

It sounds more like an F1 car than any other Ferrari (except the F1 cars of course). It has 5 valve per cylinder. It is the last of the Ferrari with a manual transmission and a true throttle cable as opposed to indirect drive by wire found in the 360 and later cars. It is the best shifting, best driving true sports car from Ferrari.

The 458 is a sweet ride but it is over $200k, only comes with an automatic transmission, doesn't sound as good as the F355, and arguably as a spider doesn't look as good as the F355. If you are wanting a true classic yet modern Ferrari experience, the F355 is the only car that fits the bill. Fast, fun, sounds great, great to look at, limited production. These cars will only appreciate. Spring is just around the corner. Miss this one and you miss this irreplaceable color combination in a low mileage classic. Manual and tool kit included.

High retail for these F355 Spiders is running in the $65,000 to $75,000 range, so this F355 is priced attractively, especially considering the mileage, transmission and, for me, irresistible color combination. These F355s have aged gracefully and I doubt that they'll sink in value much more. If you have the means, now is the time to snag one.

-Paul

1964 Ferrari 330 GT

When we think of Ferraris, images of Testarossas, Formula 1 racers and sleek, mid-engined Pininfarina creations instantly spring to mind. Too often we forget about the attractive grand tourers from the 1960s, cars which helped cement Ferrari's image as a manufacturer of top notch sporting vehicles amongst the monied elite. This 330 GT is precisely one of those vehicles. Powered by the famed Colombo V12 engine, the 330 GT replaced the 250 GT/E in the lineup, and added such refinements as an overdrive manual gearbox and dual circuit four-wheel disc brakes. The earlier models, such as this one, had a unique front clip, with quad headlamps, which would be replaced with dual lights in 1965.

This 330 GT for sale in California was restored by its previous owner and is a fine example of a thoroughbred geared more for the boulevard than the race circuit.

1964 Ferrari 330 GT

1964 Ferrari 330 GT Coupe, restored inside and out. Low miles, rare collectible: this classic Ferrari is a wonderful example of the Ferrari 330 GT in red with black leather. Restoration by previous owner included complete rebuild of engine and transmission. The 12 cylinder classic Ferrari's are becoming a prized investment due to appreciating values in the worldwide marketplace. The classic Ferrari 330 coupes were built to exacting specifications including: 300bhp, 3,967 cc overhead camshaft alloy block and head V12 engine, four-speed gearbox with overdrive, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, solid rear axle with parallel trailing arms and semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes.

Wheelbase: 104.2" Introduced in 1964, the 330 GT succeeded the 250 GTE, which proved the soundness of Ferrari's move into the expanding high performance, four- seater market. The 330 GT 2+2 featured a longer wheelbase, a wider track, and a somewhat higher roof line than its predecessor along with improved passenger accommodations. Styled by Tom Tjaarda, the 330 GT 2+2 initially featured a slightly canted four- headlight treatment before front-end styling reverted to a more traditional two- headlight design in 1965. The 330 GT with it's four seat touring capability was an instant hit with consumers as it offered the same level of classic Ferrari performance with expanded seating. It was powered by the Tipo 209 Colombo V12 engine, enlarged to four liters, producing 300 brake horsepower. Refinements included Koni adjustable dampers, coil spring-assisted rear leaf springs, and separate front and rear braking circuits, while power steering and air conditioning were optional. All told, the 330 GT 2+2 was capable of luxurious, stylish high speed travel at speeds approaching 240 kilometers per hour. Very few of these fine cars remain due to the small production run (just 1,080 manufactured between 1963 and 1967).

Four seat V12s from the 1960s can be some of the most affordable ways into a Ferrari from this period, but even these models are increasing in value. A 330 GT in this kind of condition can usually be found in the realm of $80,000 to $130,000, so this car is priced a little bit high. Depending on the quality of the restoration and provenance of this particular vehicle, it might be worth it, but from the looks of it, this 330 GT appears to be valued a bit on the high side.

-Paul

1992 Ferrari Mondial t Cabriolet

The Mondial t was the final evolution in this mid-engined, 2+2 Ferrari that has always gotten sort of a mixed reception amongst Ferrari enthusiasts. While it looked similar to the original Mondial, this was a vastly different car, with the biggest difference appearing under the hood. The new Mondial t featured a longitudinally mounted V8 instead of the previous transverse setup. In addition, body colored bumpers and a revised front and rear fascia gave the Pininfarina lines a bit of a freshening. The Mondial t Coupe would only be sold for one year, in 1989, while the Cabriolet would soldier on until 1993.

This Mondial t Cabriolet for sale in Texas has covered about 20,000 miles and has an interesting ownership story, as well.

1992 Ferrari Mondial t Cabriolet

1992 Ferrari Mondial T Cabriolet, ONE OWNER, Gift from the Italian Government, 19,811 original miles, 5-speed, 30k service completed.

Extremely rare one owner 3.4L 300hp 5-speed Ferrari Mondial T. New, it was gifted to the original owner through Ferrari, for spearheading the tourism and promotion program for Sicily- in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. Because of the success of the program she was given the Mondial of her choice, which she insisted on a black one. What she got was an extremely rare triple black car which currently only has 19,811 original miles and complete 30k service completed 2 months ago (complete with photographs and receipts). This Ferrari has a clean Carfax vehicle history report and is perfect for a Ferrari collector, or someone who has always wanted a distinctive Ferrari convertible to drive and enjoy!

Mondial T’s "spearhead of a new generation of V8 Ferraris" -Road and Track Magazine

This Triple Black Mondial T is one of the last years built and known as the Mondials final evolution. Referred to as a Mondial T for its Longitudinal placed engine. It was visually different from preceding Mondial models, most recognizable being the redesign of the air intakes to a smaller, neater rectangular shape. The door-handles were of a visually different design and, along with the bumpers, became body colored, whilst a painted black band was added around the bottom of the body. The 't' configuration was used by Ferrari's Formula One cars of the 1980s, and would be the standard for the marque's future mid-engined V8 cars. The "T" was home to other Ferrari firsts: It used power assisted steering for the first time, and had a 3-position electronically controlled suspension for a variable trade off between ride quality and road holding. It also had standard ABS.

Comes with:

Original Ferrari Leather Manual and books
Ferrari Leather Tool kit
19,811 Original Miles
One Owner
FULL 30k service with timing belt change completed 2 months ago
Optional leather soft top cover (Leather Boot)
Rare tonneau cover
ABS
3 position suspension
Power Steering

Exterior: Original Ferrari NERO paint that does have hairline scratches from being under a car cover a majority of its life. Some rock chips and scratches that have been touched up by the owner. Paint still has great life left and doesn't appear to even have been color-sanded and buffed. This is a nice “honest” example...if you have been around Ferraris you will understand what I am saying. It hasn’t been altered or repaired.

Interior: Finished in Black leather interior that has never been “re-dyed” or painted. The leather is as it was originally with normal patina from its 19,811 miles. Comes with optional leather boot. Also has a rare tonneau cover. Convertible top has one repaired spot on the drivers side.

Engine/Transmission: Strong running 3.4L V8 that just had a complete 30k engine out service that includes the timing belt replacement, two months ago (complete with pictures) Nice shifting five speed that moves through its gaits well.

Overall, this is an extremely nice Mondial that shows like a 19,811 Ferrari. I am impressed with the fact that the car hasn't been messed with over the years. I wish it had a few less rock chips but I appreciate that the front end hasn't been repainted like so many have. I have been around many Ferraris over the years and so many have been "restored" by repainting them or spraying the interior. Like my buddy said the other day when he saw this car for the first time "This is the nicest Mondial I have seen in a long time."

Mondial History:
The Mondial line was made from 1980-1993 and available in both a coupe and a convertible. They were named after the the famed 500 Mondial race car of the early 1950’s. Styled by the legendary Pininfarina that styled with a total of just over 6,800 built over its 13 year run. The steel outer body was produced by the famous Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Scaglietti, just down the road in nearby Modena, built over a lightweight steel box-section space frame. The engine cover and rear luggage compartment lids are in light alloy. The seats and interior were trimmed in Connolly hide, contrasting with the body color. Most cars were painted Rosso red, but some were black or silver, and a few were dark blue.

A Mondial t of similar vintage can cost you anywhere from the high $20,000 range to $40,000 for the very best example out there. I'd suspect somewhere around $35,000 is where the reserve is set on this car. I'm particularly fond of this black one, as it helps mask a bit of the peculiar details and slightly awkward proportions of this particular Ferrari.

-Paul

1993 Alfa Romeo Spider

Another week, another Series 4 Spider on CICFS. I honestly can never get enough of these roadsters. No one will miss you coming down the street in this yellow 1993 Spider Veloce. Having covered only 30,000 miles, it appears almost like new and is sure to its new owner a lot of smiles per miles.

1993 Alfa Romeo Spider

This is the last year for the Alfa Romeo spider, the 1993 model. The last iteration is considered to be the best and I agree. I have owned several over the years and I just took this on a run over the weekend and it was an absolute joy to drive1 They are a blast. There is no need to have a more complicated car to derive more pleasure. Alfa figured out decades ago how to extract the maximum amount of driving pleasure from their cars and nobody does it better. I have 12 cylinders cars and they are not more fun- louder yes but they do not bring a bigger smile to my face while driving. Sadly, the Veloce's must go to fund my other Alfa project but knowing they will be enjoyed is a good thing.

This car is in very good condition with no needs and can be driven anywhere. Just turn the key, drop the top and go! I am happy to answer any questions. From the body, paint, perfect wheels,you would be very hard pressed to find a better example.

The seller describes this Spider as the last model year. Technically, they are correct, as there were no Spiders built in 1994, but there were Spiders sold as 1994 models under the Commemorative Editon, or CE badge. Clean, low mileage Spiders and Spider Veloces can be had for around $13,000 to $15,000. At a Buy It Now price of $20,000, this puts it right up there with the best of the best, but everything from the interior to the engine bay on this one looks showroom fresh. This is certainly one of the better Series 4 Spiders we've seen here at CICFS.

-Paul

1986 Alfa Romeo GTV6

Following on to Tim Allen's GTV 1750, this was the car that replaced that coupe. Almost three decades have passed, and the Alfetta based GTV6 has become a legend in its own right. They are known for offering V6, rear-drive thrills in exchange for not a lot of cash. This late model GTV6 for sale outside of Washington, DC has undergone a bare metal respray and restoration and only has 59,000 miles on the clock.

1986 Alfa Romeo GTV6

Never thought I'd be selling this car but life happened and I never got to use it as much as I wanted. I have owned this GTV6 for 2 years, the previous owner did a bare metal restoration and the car is rust free. The front air dam and bumper tops are new. The car starts up first try everytime. When I got it, the rear brake line was leaking, I redid the rear brakes including reman calipers. Transmission shifts smoothly once warmed up. Clutch take up is clean and smooth. The car runs tight and handles well and is about as strong as a stock V6 that I have ever driven. It does have the rear sport springs. No smoke from the exhaust at all. I changed the brake fluid, antifreeze when i got it and replaced oil every 6 months.

Asking $8,200 or best offer. I am somewhat flexible to a good home but please realize that this is not your average beater. It is truly worth it. It will need the drivers seat bolster repair though. Other extras - Carello headlights, extra set of wineglass wheels and misc gaskets. Even the AC works!!

The car has 59k. All maint is up to date. The TB and WP were redone by the previous owner and are in good shape. I'm pretty sure it still has the hydraulic tensioner. I am located in Manassas VA, approx 30 Miles south of DC, and 10 mins from Rt 95 south. The car was in exactly this condition when I bought it. The only work I have done is to replace fluids and rear brake lines/calipers. As far as additional info goes, all the electrics work except the mirrors, I can hear the motors run but the mirrors do not move. There are no rust bubbles at all in the paint. There is some surface rust on the underside of the body, nothing that is unusual at all. The sills and arches were repaired and replaced.

Your typical GTV6 in good nick will range somewhere between $7,000 to $12,000 range. I would say this one is priced rather realistically given the condition and work done; it's always a plus when a seller is willing to be flexible to a point. While they may not have the style and grace of their predecessors, the 105/115 series Giulia GTVs, these cars do offer lusty V6 power and a well-balanced chassis. For those on a classic car budget, it's hard to ignore everything the GTV6 has to offer.

-Paul

Celebrity Owned: 1971 Alfa Romeo GTV 1750

Whenever I see a "celebrity car" advertised, it really doesn't do much to grab my attention. A lot of the folks in Hollywood aren't true car collectors; rather, it's all about badge and image when it comes to transportation. But, there are some noted car collectors in the world of television and film, such as Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and the guy who owned this 1971 Alfa Romeo GTV 1750, Tim Allen.

To be honest, I wouldn't have normally associated Tim Allen with a GTV 1750, as he's known for his love of Detroit iron. But his petrolhead credibility has just gone up a few notches in my book with this car. These coupes are revered for their excellent handling and tidy good looks. For sale in Hollywood, California, this frame off restored GTV is certainly a car that you could consider well sorted.

1971 Alfa Romeo GTV 1750

1971 Alfa Romeo GTV

**Celebrity owned by Tim Allen**
88,113 Original miles

This collector Alfa Romeo GTV 1750 is currently owned by celebrity, comedian and car connoisseur, Tim Allen. Known for his Blockbuster Movies and hit television shows “Home Improvement” and “Last Man Standing!" This car has resided in his collection for the last 7 years! He has finally decided to sell this Alfa GTV, to complete someone else’s collection.

Here is a chance to own a frame off restored vehicle with a celebrity provenance. This GTV only has 3000 miles since its restoration. When Tim bought this car seven years ago, this is what was done:

“Complete restoration done by an Engineer who started with an all original and never molested original car. Every suspension bushing, joint, bearing throughout the entire car was replaced. All components cleaned and painted or powder coated prior to reassembly. All new suspension is all adjustable, centerline springs, etc. Undercarriage is rust free and was cleaned and re-undercoated. All new rubber and seals, new window felts and channels. new speckled grey carpet kit, original dash without cracks, original wood, new speedo and tach cables, entirely new european taillight assemblies, original spare with jack, AR501 red paint, new period Daytonas and Yoko 205’s, original AM/FM push button radio that works.

Original 1750 that was rebuilt with Steve Hanniford head work (stage 5 includes intake manifold port machining), assembled with all new components (valves, HP Springs, followers, retainers, reliefs, Ingram HP FI pump (165-170hp), new fuel pump, throttle bodies rebuilt, new exhaust OEM with hangers, original exhaust manifolds ceramic coated, all SS hardware for reassembly, all recip components carefully hand balanced to 0.1 gram static, revs willingly to 7000 where the cams peak), flywheel machined to 15lbs (more to relieve stress risers in casting then weight), new pistons/liners (hastings rings, effective CR 10:1, stk 9.75 plus 10 mils off the head for a quarter point), flowed oil pump (meaning the oil pump intake was carefully shaped), all new chains, Ingram prepped 1750 rods (relieved, peened, bushed, new bolts and big nuts), all engine work done at Wes Ingram’s shop, compression delta P across all cylinders is 1 pound! recurved electronic Bosch with MSD multi-spark, entire cooling system with custom 3 row core adapted to original tanks, thermostatically controlled fan. Trans, driveline and rear-end inspected and rebuilt, new windshield (all other glass original).”

Review:
Exterior: Nicely finished Rosso Classico
Interior: Black in excellent condition, original wood, nice dash, original steering wheel
Engine/Transmission: Strong running 1750 that shifts easily
Tires: Yokohama 205’s with excellent tread
A very nicely restored Alfa 1750 GTV that has been well cared for and is ready to show, cruise or add to your car collection.
I wouldn’t fault this car with its celebrity pedigree and restoration work.
Winning bidder has the option of having Tim Allen sign the car and a picture of Tim with the car.
A great investment car!

GTVs of this vintage that are restored or well-kept originals have always brought strong money. A good, driver quality vehicle in decent nick will probably hover somewhere around the $25,000 to $27,000 mark, but given the level of detail on this car, I'd suspect it will probably fetch somewhere around $35,000. For someone who is into these cars, the celebrity status is just a bit of icing on the cake. I do find it interesting, however, that in the world of showbusiness, comedians tend to have the best taste in cars.

-Paul

1982 Fiat X1/9

The Fiat X1/9 is a good bargain for those looking to get into a modern Italian classic. The problem is these cars were fairly affordable when new, so many have been neglected. In addition, rust proofing wasn't as good 30 years ago as it is today. While it's hard to find an X1/9 in good nick, it's worth the hunt. The X1/9 can be a usable, fun collectable that can be run on a budget. This mildly modified X1/9 was brought to our attention by our reader Michael and appears to be a great example of a sports car that was ahead of its time when it replaced the 850 Spider in 1972.

1982 Fiat X1/9

Spend the summer with your top down! Very rare, desirable 1982 Fiat Bertone X1/9 for sale, most immediately, for $7,300 or best offer. Please correspond by email or call/text 714-476-7399 with any questions or comments. Truly the last chance to own a timeless classic.

Details:
-71,000 Original Miles
-Convertible top
-4 cylinder
-Fuel injection
-Manual transmission
-Power windows
-CD player
-Extremely clean
-Exceptional gray and black interior
-Excellent charcoal exterior
-Very unique, one-of-a-kind vehicle

A decent X1/9 will usually center on the $5,000 to $6,000 mark. We featured an X1/9 last year on offer at $7,000 from a private seller. At $7,300, this car isn't wildly priced, provided the pictures do this car justice and the mileage can be verified. It may not be stock, but the loss of the cumbersome crash bumpers is certainly a bonus both for aesthetics and weight. While many collectors may go the more traditional route of the Alfa Romeo Spider or Fiat 124 Spider, the X1/9 offers to take you down the road less traveled, offering traditional open roofed Italian motoring thrills with a bit of modern thought thrown in.

-Paul

1964 Lancia Flaminia 2.8 3C

In the years following World War II, many cars coming out of Italy were rather diminutive in size and engine capacity, a reflection of the economy in the midst of industrial reorganization. Over at Lancia, however, the Flaminia was unleashed on the public in 1957. This large car wasn't as dramatically styled as some of its contemporaries, but it was handsome in a way only the Italians could do it. Three different coupes were produced, styled by Zagato, Touring and, as we see here, Pininfarina. The Pininfarina coupe was the most sedate looking, appearing very much a two-door version of the Berlina, or four-door variant. With an advanced V6 engine and double wishbone front suspension, however, this car was anything but sedate.

This Flaminia Coupe for sale in the Netherlands needs some TLC, but it is basically all there, which is important with a rare piece like this.

1964 Lancia Flaminia GT 2.8 3C

Lancia Flaminia 3C 2.8 Coupe for restoration. Solid basis. Paint needs work, not rusted. Original leather, starts, runs and moves. Rare 3C!

Unlike a lot of the cars we feature on CICFS, this one isn't finished. But these Flaminia Pininfarina Coupes are rare, especially ones with the larger 2.8 liter V6 engine, of which only a little over 1,000 were built. A concours example will run you somewhere between $60,000 and $70,000 on average. That leaves plenty of room for restoration costs. The paintwork and chrome certainly looks presentable, and with an interior retrim, this would be a cool classic you wouldn't be afraid to use.

-Paul