1991 Alfa Romeo Spider

The ubiquitous Alfa Romeo Spider. It doesn’t get much better than this when it comes to simple motoring pleasures. These were the standard bearer of the Italian roadster genre for almost thirty years and are the vehicle that Americans remember Alfa Romeo for the most. This Spider for sale in North Carolina is a classic red over tan beauty with the all-important 5-speed manual transmission. If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge with one of these roadsters, there’s no better time than the present, with the warm months upon us.

Year: 1991
Model: Spider
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 49,250 miles
Price: No reserve auction

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This is a beautiful 49,250 original miles 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce that I have owned for almost 10 years. I am the third owner. I have kept this Alfa in our garage with a custom cover (included) for the entire time I have owned the car. I have replaced oil and fluids on a regular basis. The paint is original. I replaced the muffler two years ago with an ANSA exhaust system. I also replaced the trunk cable one year ago. The condition is immaculate as you can see by the pictures. High quality cloth top is absolutely like new (original) with perfect rear plastic window. Original tan Tonneau cover is perfect. Engine compartment very clean. No leaking oil, fluids, etc. There is no accident history, no dents, no dings. The AC could use some Freon. I am selling because...well, I am getting older and downsizing. This is the last car of a small collection I had (have an older 1984 Pininfarina that doesn't really count as the collection also for sale). I kept the best for last. I will add more information as I think of it.

https://picasaweb.google.com/dschamens/1991AlfaRomeo?authkey=Gv1sRgCIXTl-PQ9OmdwAE

I have added pictures via the above Picasa link (about 70 pictures). I note that the Alfa has all service books and records from the dealership and first owner. The Alfa has perfect acceleration/compression; everything is original, paint, etc...beautiful car. Oil changed every year (only about 1000 miles per year driven since I bought 10 years ago. To be clear, this Alfa compares or is better than the Alfas that sold on eBay in April for over $14K.

I just remembered that there is one item I should note: some disrespectful person broke the antenna off before I bought the car 10 years ago. I never replaced it because I don't listen to the radio or music with the top down. It is very easily replaced at International Auto Parts for about $82. It is completely accessible inside the trunk for replacement and would likely only take about 30 minutes to unscrew and re-install. See link for antenna.

http://www.international-auto.com/index.cfm?fa=p&pid=2566&addcar=1

It’s fairly common to find Series 4 Spiders with under 75,000 miles, as most were used as toys by those who had more than one vehicle. As we’ve seen with others like it, this one is worth around $12,000 to $15,000, probably on the lower end given that it is not the higher Veloce spec. For someone who wants a cheap and cheerful roadster but wants to avoid the hairdressers car syndrome of the Miata, there’s fewer options more attractive than this.

-Paul

1995 Alfa Romeo 164LS

With Alfisti living in the US eagerly awaiting the new 4C sports coupe to go on sale in this market, it’s an opportune time to reflect on the last Alfa Romeo sold new in this country in high volume, the 164. This 1995 164LS 5-speed has just over 100,000 miles on the clock and benefitted from a recent respray and servicing from a local Alfa/Ferrari specialist.

Year: 1995
Model: 164LS
Engine: 3.0 liter V6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 107,294 miles
Price: Reserve auction

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1995 Alfa Romeo 164 LS. Very Well Maintained Rare 164 LS Alfa Sports Sedan / 5 Speed! Serviced by Continental Motors (Local Alfa, Ferrari Repair Facility). Original Classic Italian Alfa Red (Rosso) / Tan Leather. Loaded!

NOTE: Our listings sometimes get rather lengthy. However, we continually hear from out of state / out of country buyers (many of our clients) that they prefer the level of detail that we provide. However, if you are not prepared to read multiple pages of description, we ask that you review the "Specifications" on the car along with viewing the photos. Also, if you'd prefer, please call us at 925-846-1451 and we'll gladly discuss the Alfa 164 LS and answer any questions over the telephone, including about our Buy it Now policies. Yes, the Alfa Romeo can be purchased prior to the end of the eBay auction. Again, please give us a call for details.

ALSO, PLEASE NOTE: EACH TIME WE LIST A VEHICLE ON eBay WE RECEIVE COMMENTS THAT THERE ARE NO PHOTOS OF THE INTERIOR, ENGINE, UNDERCARRIAGE, ETC. OF THE CAR. THERE ARE 100 PHOTOS OF ALL AREAS OF THE CAR BUT, WHEN YOU REACH WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE LAST PHOTO, YOU WILL NEED TO SCROLL TO VIEW THE REMAINING PHOTOS. IF YOU ARE STILL UNABLE TO SEE THE PHOTOS, PLEASE CALL US AND WE WILL PROVIDE A LINK FOR THE PHOTOS (IT IS A VIOLATION OF eBay POLICY TO LIST THE URL ON THE eBay LISTING).

All of our photos are taken in natural light and we do not "Photo-Shop" or touch-up the photos in any way. The cosmetic quality of this 1995 Alfa 164 LS (both inside & out) is beautiful and reflects the care that the car has received.

The "madness" will soon be underway in the various auction venues around the country. We often times see a wide range of collectible cars / special interest cars sell for inflated amounts in the "heat of the moment." This car is offered at a realistic price and, unlike bidding on cars in an auction environment, you will have the benefit of extensive information & history on the car prior to making a buying decision. If you are not comfortable with risking the purchase of a vehicle that has simply rolled across the auction block we ask that you consider the benefit of dealing with a credible collector car specialist with a documented history of accurate and complete descriptions.

HISTORY OF THE ALFA ROMEO 164

The Alfa Romeo 164 was styled by Enrico Fumia at Pininfarina in 1982. The 164 can be seen as the logical extension and successor of the Alfetta, particularly the late-model "long nose, square light."

The 164 was the first Alfa to feature extensive use of computer aided design for calculating structural stresses, resulting in a very rigid but still relatively lightweight body. The 164 was the basis of the Type Four platform, which it shares with Lancia Thema, Fiat Croma and Saab 9000. Being the last to reach the market, the 164's body shell was the most aerodynamic of the four, and had a markedly sleeker profile and lower coefficient of drag. In order to permit this design variation, an exclusive front suspension was developed.

The 164 was the first of the "new technology" Alfa Romeos, and is the technological and styling basis of all Alfa's to the present day. The 164 also introduced dramatically improved build quality over previous Alfa's, featuring galvanized steel frame and various body panels for the first time, ending the most common complaint by Alfa customers about rust problems encountered in older models such as the Alfasud and the GTV. As a top-line saloon, the car proved it to be as a comfortable and sure-footed car, with a distinctively sporting character, consistent with the marque's tradition. In fact, the motoring press of the day found its only fault to be minimal torque steer, particularly in earlier versions.

The 164 was designed to compete in the executive car segment dominated by the German cars. It offered better value for money in terms of technology (having three onboard computers, one for air conditioning, one for instrumentation, and one for engine management; air conditioning and instrument functions shared a multiple-mode coded Z-80-class microcontroller for dashboard functioning). Air-direction within the ventilation system was controlled by a pair of servomechanisms.

The car had some very advanced features for its day, such as automatic climate control and electronically controlled damping suspension (in the top-line Cloverleaf models and 164 LS). This suspension actively reduced damping in response to conditions to provide a dynamic compromise between road holding and comfort. The 164 also boasted engines rated among the best in the industry at the time, and the same basic engine designs were used until very recently by Alfa Romeo across its model range.

SPECIFICATION BY "CATEGORY"

PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS

- 2,959 cc 3 liter 6 V front transverse engine with 93 mm bore, 72.6 mm stroke, 10 compression ratio, double overhead cam and four valves per cylinder

- Premium unleaded fuel

- Fuel economy EPA highway (l/100km): 9.8

- Multi-point injection fuel system

- 65 liter fuel tank

- Power: 240 HP @ 6,300 rpm; 198 ft. lb. @ 5,000 rpm

HANDLING

- ABS

- Four disc brakes including two ventilated discs

- Space saver spare wheel

- Strut front suspension with stabilizer bar , rear suspension with stabilizer bar independent with coil springs

INTERIOR

- CFC free liquid air conditioning with climate control (Blows ice cold in this Alfa)

- Power antenna

- Anti-theft protection

- Front illuminated ashtray , additional row seats ashtray

- Stereo audio system with AM/FM

- Cargo area light

- Cargo capacity: rear seat up; to lower window (liters)

- Front seats illuminated cigar lighter , rear seats illuminated cigar lighter , additional row seats Cigar lighter

- Digital clock

- Floor full console with covered storage box

- Delayed/fade courtesy lights with four switches

- Cruise control

- Door ajar warning

- Door pockets/bins for driver seat, passenger seat and rear seats

- External temperature display

- Floor covering: carpet in load area

- Driver and passenger front airbag

- Bucket seats

- Reel height adjustable front seat belts on driver seat and passenger seat

- Front seat center armrest

- Lockable illuminated glove compartment with lid

- Height adjustable head restraints on front seats and rear seats

- Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 970, rear headroom (mm): 930, front hip room (mm): 1,461, rear hip room (mm): 1,461, front leg room (mm): 998, rear leg room (mm): 861, front shoulder room (mm): 1,433, rear shoulder room (mm): 1,438 and interior volume (liters): 2,413

- Low fuel level warning

- Remote power locks

- Vehicle speed proportional power steering

- Front, rear and front power windows

- Front and rear reading lights

- Reel rear seat belts on driver side , reel rear seat belts on passenger side , static rear seat belts on center side

- Rear seat center armrest

- Seating for three in rear

- Automatic operation rear view mirror

- Electric remote fuel filler door release

- Electric remote trunk/hatch release

- Front seat back storage

- Total Seating: Five

- Leather seat upholstery

- Six speaker stereo

- Leather covered steering wheel

- Tachometer

- Passenger illuminated vanity mirror

- Ventilation system with variable fan speeds and recirculation setting

EXTERIOR

- Body side molding

- Front and rear body color impact absorbing bumpers

- Chrome/bright trim on side of body and on bumpers

- Coefficient of drag: 0.3

- Driver and passenger power heated body color door mirrors

- External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,666, overall width (mm): 1,760, overall height (mm): 1,389, wheelbase (mm): 2,659, front track (mm): 1,514, rear track (mm): 1,488 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 10,790

- Front fog lights

- High pressure headlight cleaners

- Halogen bulb headlights

- Gloss paint

- Rear window

- Front steel electric tilting sliding sunroof

- Tinted glass

- Weights: gross vehicle weight rating (kg) 1,969 and curb weight (kg) 1,548

- Two-speed windshield wipers with variable intermittent wipe

THIS PARTIUCLAR 1995 ALFA ROMEO 164 LS

HIGHLIGHTS

- 107,294 well maintained California miles!

- Difficult to find 164 LS version

- 5 Speed

- Serviced by respected Continental Motors, Sunnyvale, CA (Ferrari, Alfa servicing facility) - Receipts included (Refer to mechanical section for details)

- Well sorted, reliable example

- Runs & drives extremely well

- 100% original with no modifications (Original Alfa radio replaced with new radio CD unit and new speakers but original radio included)

- Very straight rust free California car with excellent paint - Factory correct red color (Russo))

- Exterior, interior, trunk & engine bay reflect "enthusiast care"

- NO signs of rust on body, undercarriage, trunk or engine bay

- Undercarriage and all frame members show no indication of present or previous damage

- Recent mechanical work including timing belt, complete tune-up, brakes and smog

- A/C (and automatic temperature feature) works perfectly and blows very cold

- Original Owner's Manual included

OVERALL CONDITION

COSMETIC

Having traveled just over 107,000 miles (Under 6,000 miles per year!) and always "living" in California, the Alfa is in beautiful condition. The exterior has the appearance of a considerably new vehicle and the paint, body, trim, glass and other exterior components are in excellent condition. The car received a repaint in its factory original color within the last few years and the Alfa 164 LS shows very well indeed. There is virtually no over-spray on the trim and the paint is laid flat, free from significant orange peel or other defects and the car was painted as a "complete" (no partial painting of panels, etc.). The 164 LS is striking and the photos accurately reflect its condition inside and out.

Alfa Romeo's (and many other vehicles) carried permanent stickers on various panels (fenders, doors, front and rear bumper cover, and rear quarter panels) in order to determine originality and be able to ascertain if any accident damage has resulted in replacement of a panel (s). We look for these "Numbers" not only for the sake of originality but also to ensure that the car has not been involved in an accident. We are pleased to report that this Alfa has the original numbers on the rear quarter panels, all 4 doors, and both front fenders and the bumper (refer to photo in listing). The front and rear bumpers are free from any damage, significant imperfections or damage. Please take a look at the photographs that show the car was a suburban car and not subjected to the parking realities of big city life.

The exterior trim is all original and in what we often refer to as "California condition." The trim is devoid of all but the most minor imperfections that can be expected on a vehicle of this vintage, none of which detract from the overall appearance and attractiveness of the Alfa. The glass is excellent, all of the power windows are functional and there are no stars or cracks in the windshield. The mirrors do not show the typical rock chips and the front spoiler is free from the usual major scrapes and damage and in very nice condition.

INTERIOR

The interior on the Alfa Romeo is in lovely condition and shows minimal signs of wear due to the cars low mileage. There are some signs of patina of fine leather on the driver's side seat but the seat remains totally free from any rips, tears or damage to the seat bolster. This is a rarity with the relatively high bolstered sport style seating found in the Alfa 164 LS. The passenger seat, rear seats, door panels, dash, headliner, carpet (covered with carpeted mats) and other interior components are excellent.

The Alfa remains 100% stock including with the exception of a considerably improved radio that was mounted in the stock radio opening. Recently, the owner added new quality speakers in their stock openings to eliminate the "rattling" from older, broken speakers (receipts included). The system sounds great but does not have obtrusive aftermarket speakers added to the interior.

The instrumentation is totally stock and, unlike many Alfa's of this vintage, all of the instruments work fine as does the air conditioning, cruise control and warning light system. The automatic air condition system appears is fully functional due, in part, to ongoing maintenance by the car's owner who took a "cost no object" approach to the cars care. The LCD digital display readings show only partial numbers at some settings, a common reality with the older 164's. The power sunroof works fine as do the windows, door locks, remote mirrors and fully adjustable electric seats (both sides).

MECHANICAL CONDITION

In a word, excellent. This Alfa Romeo runs very strong and has been serviced by one of the most respected Italian repair facilities in the San Francisco Bay area. Receipts for replacement of the timing belt, brakes, O2 sensor, starter relay, #2 coil and other work are included and outlined below.

The Car Fax records also support the mileage and ownership history and show no adverse findings. Documentation in our file supports their knowledge of the car and the recent repairs and upgrades as follows (not all listed; just recent work totaling over $3,000.00 within 1,000 miles):

- New tires & balance (Within 100 miles!)

- Safety inspection (within 50 miles)

- New Timing Belt & tensioners (within 1,000 miles)

- New front brakes (Within 1,000 miles)

- Replace #2 coil (within 1,000 miles)

- New O2 Sensor Within 1,000 miles)

- New starter relay (within 1,000 miles)

- Regular Service

- New Hood Struts

- New Wiper blades

- Replacement battery

- Replacement ignition switch

- Passed Smog
DRIVING THE ALFA ROMEO 164 LS

The Alfa 164 was always a great sports sedan to drive but the "S" version offers even more enjoyment. In all ranges the car offers excellent performance and pulls very strong and without hesitation. The car revs freely and upon hard acceleration there is controllable / mild torque steer due to the front wheel drive configuration of the Alfa. The idle is smooth and even and the car has recently passed the stringent California smog test.

Driving the Alfa is really a pleasure. There are no signs of mechanical issues and there is no noise in the drive-line. The clutch is excellent, the transmission shifts very well, the synchromesh gears are excellent (even at higher speeds) and the car is fitted with matching Michelin tires and original "telephone dial" Alfa Romeo wheels. The car steers straight, stops straight and has excellent brakes. An inspection of the underside of the car is clean and free from rust and any signs of previous repair or accidents. We encourage a review of the photos as the old adage "A photo is worth a thousand words" clearly applies in this instance! All of the electrical components are fully functional and the car passed California's strict safety inspection for lights, turn signals, wipers, within the previous week. The car is licensed and registered in California until March, 2014 and, of course, has a free and clear California title with no liens or encumbrances.

The trunk and engine bay are very clean and consistent with the condition of the car's exterior and interior quality and the original Alfa insignia mat is in place and in very good condition. Under the mat are the properly secured spare tie / wheel and the cars original jack.

We often times receive questions that go something like: "Does the car really look as good as it does in the photographs"? The answer in this case is yes. This car is a very attractive example of the difficult to locate 164 LS Alfa Romeo. Perhaps most important, this is an opportunity to own a truly unique and original Alfa 164 LS that offers great handling, looks and performance at a very attractive price.

We have owned a number of 164's along with more Alfa's than we can count and would be glad to discuss the car with those who may not be familiar with the benefits of an Alfa vs. other Marques (BMW's, Saab's, Volvo's). Please give us a call if we can answer any questions. We can be reached during regular business hours at 925-846-1451. We also encourage inspections and would welcome the opportunity to meet you and show you this fantastic Alfa Romeo 164 LS.

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Specifications:

Body Type / Style: Sedan
Exterior Color: Red (Rosso)
Interior Color: Tan Leather
Engine: 6 Cylinder
Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
Mileage: 107,294
Drive: Rear
Doors: 4

Equipment:

3-Point Seat Belts
5-Speed Transmission
AM/FM/CD Player
Airbag
Alarm
California Lic & Reg
Dual Side Mirrors
Factory Air Conditioning
Factory Bucket Seats
Factory Gauges
Factory Original Spare / Tools
Front Spoiler
Full Instrumentation
Heated Front Seats
Keyless Entry
Leather Seats
Matching Numbers Engine
Matching Numbers Transmission

Meets All USA Standards
Moon/Sun Roof
No Rust CA. Body
Original Jack & Tools
Original Owners Manual
Passed Strict CA. Smog
Power Brakes
Power Locks
Power Seats
Power Windows
Premium Sound
Premium Wheels
Repair History
Repair Receipts
Runs / Drives Very Well
Sport Package
Sway Bars (Front & Rear)

It’s rather uncommon to see one of these LS models painted in Alfa Red. Usually this arresting color was reserved for the Q model. Nevertheless, I’ve always admired the Pininfarina styling on these sport sedans. Two decades later, these cars still look fresh and offer an affordable used alternative to the more common second hand luxury cars people tend to go for. A late model 164 in good condition will run you somewhere between $6,000 and $10,000, with the rarer Q models bringing a bit more if you can find one in outstanding condition. I’d suspect this one might bring somewhere in between $6,500 and $7,000 to the right buyer, since it has the manual transmission and a history of being maintained by a specialist.

-Paul

1989 Maserati 430

Complimenting the mint condition Maserati Biturbo we featured last week, here we have a very low mileage example of that car’s evolutionary successor, the 430. The one thing that can be concerning about low mileage Maseratis from the 1980s is determining whether they have low mileage due to the fact they might have been bought by a collector or whether they spent more time in the shop than on the road. This 430 is claimed to have been from a collection and certainly looks as such from the condition. The problem here is, how much of a headache can a 24 year old Maserati that has sat for most of its life be?

Year: 1989
Model: 430
Engine: 2.8 liter twin turbo V6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 3,850 miles
Price: Reserve auction

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1989 Maserati 430, 3850 original miles. This is literally a brand new car. It was stored indoors in a climate- controlled collection for 24 years, this is the first time it is being offered to the public. Still has remnants of the plastic on the leather that covered it during shipping from the factory. Has original tires as it rolled out of the factory. Comes with the dealer window sticker and full professional maintenance manual in three ring binder. Standard equipment on this car are: 2.8 liter SOHC aluminum V6 engine, 3 valves per cylinder, twin turbochargers and dual air-to-air intercoolers, Webber- Marelli computerized fuel injection/ ignition system, rack and pinion power steering, ZF 5-speed manual transmission, Ranger limited slip differential, 4 wheel independent suspension, Hi-Speed radial tires on 15" alloy wheels, servo-assist four wheel disk brakes, automatic air conditioning with touch-sensitive control panel, power windows & door locks, tinted glass,leather upholstery, adjustable steering column with leather steering wheel, Maserati clock, tool kit, electric door mirrors, stereo cassette radio, noise & corrosion control coatings, factory fog lights. Clean California title. This car cost $45,786.00 in 1989.

There are very minor scuffs, imperfections in the paint and interior as can be expected of a car this age. The power antenna has also been removed and is in the trunk. This car runs and drives good, but can use a standard tune up to get it running excellent. Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer, I can assist in loading. Payment is due 7 days after close of auction. See my other auctions for other super-rare cars I'm selling from my collection.

Like the Biturbo, the 430 can be had for pennies on the dollar these days. These cars were meant to be targeted as a more exclusive, upscale choice to the typical BMW 3 series and Mercedes 190s of the era, but have seen their values plummet to the level of those cars and below, due to the cost of upkeep. This car has minor cosmetic issues but nothing to detract terribly. A clean, well-sorted 430 could fetch between $12,000 and $14,000 at the high end. Good examples of these cars usually hover around $10,000. There’s a lot of questions to be asked with regards to this car and why it sat for so long, and a lot of things might need attention to make it reliable for regular use. This one is certainly worth a punt, but, as they say, caveat emptor.

-Paul

1972 Maserati Indy 4.7 – REVISIT

The Maserati Indy 4.7 we featured last month is still for sale by it's owner Matthias. The Indy was sort of a dual purpose vehicle. Designed by Vignale, it was meant to replace the Mexico and four-door Quattroporte. These days, the Indy is a good choice for those seeking an old school V8 Maserati on a relative budget.

Year: 1972
Model: Indy
Engine: 4.7 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 18,000
Price: $61,000

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Maserati Indy 1972 EUROPEAN CAR, only 18.000 originally miles, with rare 4.7 Engine, 4 webers (including original airfilter) and 5-speed ZF manual gearbox, electric windows, power steering, air conditiong etc. Fully equipped. Full documentation, clean US-Title AND Mexican Title. Car was sold new in Italy in 1972 and imported into USA/New York to a lawyer in 1977. Sold and imported to another Lawyer to Mexico-City in 1981, sold to Monterrey (Mexico) in 1986, changing owners there two times over the years and finally sold to Saltillo, Mexico to actual owner in 2006 and actual located in Laredo, Texas, USA (close to port of Houston,interesting for Export).

She is in excellent conditions because she was stripped 10 years ago down to scratch, to be repainted from base. The restauration was completed with new weatherstrips and rubbers and hoses etc. while trying to keep her as originally as possible. She is not welded! No Rust. She has never seen salty coast areas, always has lived in dry climate. Of course she never had an accident. Mechanically she is also very good due to the low kilometers and care. Interior is in excellent condition and mostly original, see pics.

She just got a "Big Inspection" with all fluids changed and all adjustments (including valveplay) made. Ready to drive. Please ask any questions in German (my origin), English or Spanish, my French is unfortunately bad 🙂

The car is sold privately and I offer you of course an independent opinion for this car, if you like 🙂 As told, the paperwork is clean and the car has a fully documentation since born. The car is sold now, because she was stored for some years in a dry garage without driving her due to family reasons, and finally this gave the idea of selling her now into good hands. It would be great to have her back on the street with someone who loves her.

Please contact Matthias Heyer: heyermatthias@gmail.com

At $61,000, this is pretty much spot on for what these vehicles are trading hands for today in decent condition. Only 1,100 of these coupes were ever produced, which gives you exclusivity that rivals some of the pricier Italian classics.

-Paul

1978 Alfa Romeo Sport Sedan

The 1970s were a rather dark time in automotive history, leaving automakers scrambling for solutions to ever tightening emissions and safety regulation. This resulted in an era of lower performance and marred styling by way of things such as crash bumpers. Over the years, technology has come around to improving performance and economy, even if styling has taken a back seat in some cases. Through it all, though, Alfa Romeo has always given the petrolhead something to swoon over. This Sport Sedan was the perfect solution for those who wanted the thrills of a Spider but needed the extra space. This well-sorted car is located in Indiana but was originally a southwest vehicle.

Year: 1978
Model: Sport Sedan
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: $7,500

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1978 Sport Sedan
Recent Repaint in original ivory.
No rust ever! Original Arizona car relocated to midwest before refurbish.
Milano Verde interior - seats & door panels recovered in 2 color scheme. Trunk custom re-carpeted.
Replacement 79 dash - no cracks.
New Blaupunkt in dash CD/Blaupunkt speakers.
Luisa leather steering wheel.
New door and trunk gaskets.
Alfa Euro cams.
Shankle headers.
Ansa tail exhaust.
RML electronic ignition.
Recent valve job.
Radiator rebuilt-high eff core.
Rebuilt alternator and starter.
Reconditioned engine hood liner.
Alfa factory optional Campagnolo wheels.
Yokohamas.
Koni Reds.
New upper/lower ball joints.
Rebuilt rear axles.
Rebuilt front/rear brakes calipers, rotors, pads w/hoses.
New brake master, clutch master and slave.
Verde front sway bar.
Poly bushings all around.
Hella 6" driving lights.
Spares include, good transaxle, 3 instrument dash pods, door handles, tail light covers, extra Campy wheels.
I have the original bumpers, no damage. I like the car better (looks & lighter) without them.
I also have all the original chrome trim plus spares but preferred not to reinstall after repaint.
$7,500 - More pictures available - call Mark 812 454 3035.

Alfas of this vintage are a good way to get into the Italian car hobby on the cheap, if, of course you have the stomach for regular maintenance. I like the look of the Alfa, but slimmer, European style bumpers would round off the look a bit for me. Given the condition, $7,500 isn’t terribly bad for what you are getting. If a little bit can be bargained off the price, you’d have a nice, usable classic.

-Paul

1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile

While the cost of fuel has settled down a bit over the last few months, fuel economy in vehicles is still front and center when it comes to the consumer checklist these days. There’s a lot of options when it comes to saving fuel, including the new crop of diesel vehicles, hybrids and smaller alternatives like scooters. However, vintage microcars are a great way of being frugal for those who dare to be different. This 1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformable is a great way of having a little bit of luxury and style with your economy that will make you stand out from the crowd.

Year: 1959
Model: Bianchina Trasformabile
Engine: 500cc inline two
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 26,076 miles
Price: Reserve auction

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This 1959 FIAT Bianchina has only 26,076 miles. The Autobianchi Bianchina is an supermini produced by the Italian automaker Autobianchi, based on the Fiat 500. It was available in various configurations: Berlina (saloon), Cabriolet (roadster), Trasformabile (convertible), Panoramica (station wagon), and Furgoncino (van). The car was presented to the public on September 16, 1957 at the Museum of Science and Technology in Milan.

Initially, the car was equipped with the smallest Fiat engine, air-cooled 479 cc producing 15 hp (11 kW). In 1959, the engine power was increased to 17 hp (13 kW) and in 1960, the cabriolet version was launched. This Fiat is a great driver. It starts right up without trouble and is a fun way to get around town. For more photos, check out the listing on our website www.rmsofnewjersey.com and feel free to give us a call at (201) 934-8888 or email us at sales@rmsofnewjersey.com with any questions or inquiries.

If they are in good shape, these Bianchinas can command a decent amount of coin, which is not surprising, as the Fiat 500 on which they’re based are highly prized as well. Given current market conditions, it’s safe to assume that this car will probably see a final bid of somewhere around $20,000 to $25,000.

-Paul

1985 Maserati Biturbo

Throughout the years, Maserati has changed ownership many times and has gone through product phases ranging from the sublime to the outrageous. There was one car that almost finished the company off. Shortly after taking over ownership, Alejandro de Tomaso sought to create a vehicle that could broaden Maserati’s appeal to a wider market segment by offering a lower priced offering. The Biturbo was launched at the outset of the 1980s and got off to a strong start in the sales race, but problems with the turbocharged engine and reliability issues plagued the model throughout its life. Subsequently, Biturbos can be had on the cheap, but is it a risk worth taking? This Biturbo for sale in Washington state has to be one of the best preserved examples of the breed that I’ve ever come across.

Year: 1985
Model: Biturbo
Engine: 2.5 liter twin turbo V6
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 18,184 miles
Price: Reserve auction

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This is a great opportunity to purchase a pristine one owner Maserati Biturbo. This has always been in Washington State. No Rust & all Original. Purchased in 1985 from Grand Prix Motors LTD in Seattle Washington. After stored in a heated garage for about 10 years, in 2011 Park Place Limited performed a full go through to get this Maserati in tip top shape. We have receipts for $4,016 in June of 2011 then $1,774 in July. New Bridgestone Potenza tires, We have all original books, pamphlets, keys, Service Manual, tool kit and Original MSRP sheet! Fully appointed with 2.5L aluminum Engine, Twin Turbo Chargers, Weber Carburetors, 3 valves per cylinder, Belt driven overhead camshafts, Maserati auto boost control, electronic egn, Mcpherson strut suspension, Rack & Pinion Steering, 4 Wheel disc brakes, Non-slip Differential, and much more. You will not a finer example,

If you are looking to buy a Biturbo, this car should be at the top of your list. Low mileage often means problems with these cars, but with the recent money invested in maintenance and one owner history, it should do a lot to assuage fears. About $10,000 to $12,000 is all the money for the best of the best when it comes to these cars, so I’d expect bidding to wind up somewhere in that range.

-Paul

1971 Lamborghini Jarama GT

The Jarama is one of those front-engined Lamborghinis from the early 1970s that seems to be obscure to even the most die hard car enthusiasts. Perhaps it’s time people start giving these coupes a second look. Designed to replace the Islero, this car was designed to meet new US regulations by way of employing a shortened Espada chassis with a version of the corporate V12 under the bonnet. These were fast cruisers, offered with both an automatic transmission, or, the more sporting 5-speed manual like our feature car for sale in New York that was brought to our attention by our reader Matt. A little over 300 Jaramas were built, which allows you to become a part of a very exclusive club.

Year: 1971
Model: Jarama GT
Engine: 4.0 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 40,365 miles
Price: $79,500

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1971 Lamborghini Jarama GT. Red with Black leather interior and Black carpeting, Restored, 5-speed manual.
The Lamborghini Jarama was manufactired 1970 and 1976. It was designed by Bertone and designer Marcelle Gandini. Introduced in 1970 at the Geneva Auto Show, the Jarama was a replacement model for the Islero. The Jarama was offered with various options including power assisted steering, removeable roof panels, automatic transmission and an “S” version from 1973-1976. In total 328 Jarama’s were manufactured, 171 GT’s and 157 GTS’s. They are extremely rare to find in excellent condition. They are a real Italian GT car that is usable and a pleasure to drive.

This Jarama GT has benefitted from a photo documented restoration by well-known marques specialists. It is in excellent-serviced and maintained condition throughout. It is complete with original tools, keys and every document and service document from day 1! Also included is the original Bill of Sale and the Original ownership document-title.

This is a rare opportunity to purchase a cost effective piece of Lamborghini history with seating for four.

I’ve always been a fan of the Islero’s coupe bodystyle, but the Jarama is also a favorite of mine, with its butch, fastback looks. It could almost be a Mach 1 Mustang’s Italian cousin. Values for good Jaramas of this vintage are ranging from $50,000 to $75,000. This one, then, is priced at the top of the range. My guess is that these early Lamborghinis can’t stay this cheap forever. Once they start to be discovered, I’d wager to say these cars will start changing hands in the low six figure range.

-Paul

2005 Maserati MC12

When Maserati began its renaissance with the 3200GT, few expected that in just a few years the marque would have a supercar in its lineup. But that’s exactly what happened. This would be the first non front-engine Maserati since the death of the Bora almost three decades prior. Based on Ferrari Enzo mechanicals, the MC12 was a bit more compromising, having no rear window, along with being wider and heavier than the car on which it was based. It was still a tool for those serious track day enthusiasts, painted in the classic blue and white livery seen on Maseratis of yore. This MC12 for sale in California is one of but a few that made it stateside.

Year: 2005
Model: MC12
Engine: 6.0 liter V12
Transmission: 6-speed semi-automatic
Mileage: 21,767 miles
Price: $1,600,000

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Symbolic Motor Car Company is proud to present this stunning and extreme supercar, known as the Maserati MC12! This vehicle has only 1800KM on the odometer. US legal, ready to be sold today! This MC12 has only 1816 KM (1,128 miles) on the odometer, featuring an all blue leather interior with carbon fiber surroundings. Please call today at 858 454 1800 to speak with a trained professional regarding this hypercar, we will always consider trade in vehicles and special financing is available. We look forward to hearing from you! VIN: ZAMDF44B000019404

Cars like these always suffer at the hands of speculators when they are relatively new. A few years have passed since the last MC12s rolled off the assembly line. At $1.6 million, this is a car for serious collectors with deep pockets. However, at this price, there are much more well rounded, faster machines. The Bugatti Veyron comes to mind, as well as some lesser exotics like the new McLaren MC4-12C, Pagani Huayra and the Lamborghini Aventador. If you must have the sole Masserati supercar from the modern era, you don’t have much choice. It's wild to look at and drive, a car that is more suited to the track than street.

-Paul

1969 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S

The Lancia Fulvia is perhaps my most favorite Italian classic. Not only does this little coupe have timeless looks and feature impressive engineering, it has a racing resume that puts other cars to shame. While the smart money for an Italian sports coupe of the era may be on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta GTV, the Fulvia is for someone who doesn’t conform and appreciates Lancia’s bold way of going about things. This beautifully restored Fulvia 1.3S is on offer from our friends at the Sports Car Shop in Eugene, Oregon.

Year: 1969
Model: Fulvia 1.3S
Engine: 1.3 liter V4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 21,767 miles
Price: Reserve auction

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We have for offer a lovely Italian 1969 Lancia Fulvia Sport 1.3S. A very unique car from a styling viewpoint with design details that convert what have been a functional boxy shape to a visually pleasing piece of art. It possesses a roomy cockpit, with excellent visibility and open greenhouse. Even more unique is Lancia’s approach to the engineering of the car. The engine is a rally proven 15 degree V-4 twin cam fitted with twin Solex carbs. The entire engine is located in front of the axle center line providing exceptional handling to this front wheel drive sports coupe. The steering is still light and responsive with no clues that the front wheels are the driven ones. This is a wonderfully nimble, excellent handling car with more performance than expected. A very capable competitor to Alfa Romeo and BMW’s of the period but much rarer. This car has undergone a recent ground up restoration on a very solid chassis. Every component was removed cleaned, serviced, and refinished. The engine starts easily, makes only the proper sounds, and runs well. The gearbox shifts well in all four gears and the brakes and clutch operate properly. Steering is accurate and very light. This is a driver’s car. The chassis was refinished top, bottom, in trunk, and engine bay. The body panels, floor pans and rockers appear to be all original, and are very solid and rust free. The red paint is well applied marred only by some very small parking dings and slight waves in some of the flatter panels. The interior has also been restored. The dash is in excellent condition and is nicely finished. The seats are nicely formed and comfortable. There is room for a six foot plus person to fit comfortably in this car. Even if one could find a solid car to start with, no one could duplicate this car for the selling price.

Call me anytime on my cel to discuss: 541.543.6791

There’s not much to nit pick about with this car. It’s about one of the nicest Fulvias that I’ve come across here in the US. Anyone looking to add one of these rare, legendary vehicles to their stable should certainly entertain the idea of at least kicking the tires on this one. Unlike the Alfa GTV, Fulvia values are a bit less, mostly attributed to their obscurity in the US market. I’d suspect somewhere around the low to mid $20,000 range is about right considering the condition of this vehicle. The only thing that makes me said is I’m on the wrong coast. This is certainly one of those bucket list cars for me.

-Paul