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1988 Alfa Romeo 75 3.0 V6 America

With the Alfa Romeo 4C starting to trickle in to Fiat showrooms in the US, it's an opportune time to explore models of Alfa's past in preparation for a greater product onslaught of Italian machinery for the masses. The 75, or Milano as it was known in the US, perhaps wasn't appreciate enough in its day. Nowadays, however, this sedan is known as one of the last true Alfas, with rear-wheel drive, a rear mounted gearbox and in some cases, that sonorous V6 that the marque was known for. This 1988 75 3.0 V6 America for sale in Germany has the desirable V6/5-speed manual combination and with only 26,000 miles, looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor.

Year: 1988
Model: 75 3.0 V6 America
Engine: 3.0 liter V6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 42,700 km (~ 26,532 mi)
Price: €19,800 (~ $22,207 USD)

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Very nice and well maintained vehicle from a museum! A vehicle with very high fun factor! Incredible condition! Hard to come by in this condition. Delivery status! Car is absolutely original and was always dry!
New timing belt!
Viewing by appointment

Sunroof
Radio/cassette
Electric front windows
Fog lights
Power steering
Mechanical side mirrors
Heated rear window
Rear-wheel drive
14 inch alloy wheels

Even though the dollar is gaining parity with the euro these days, this Alfa is still priced over the $20,000 mark, which is uncharted territory for these sedans this side of the Atlantic. We've seen a few low mileage examples crop up, but most struggle to reach the $10,000 to $12,000 mark. At most, I'd suspect this car might reach towards the $15,000 mark, simply due to its showroom condition. If you have the time and patience, there are still a few good Milanos to be had stateside, but it might take some time to source one. The price on this 75 might make it a bit prohibitive to import, but would certainly make for good conversation amongst the Alfisti. As the advertisement for the Milano aptly put it at the time: "driven to be different."

-Paul

1988 Ferrari Mondial Cabriolet

If you keep up with our sister site, German Cars For Sale Blog, one thing is apparent. Porsche 911 prices, especially air-cooled models, aren’t exactly going down anytime soon. Have no fear, though, there are still some bargain exotics out there to be had. Chief among which is the Ferrari Mondial. Often derided by true Ferrari enthusiasts for being a half baked effort, it’s hard to argue with a sweet sounding V8 amidships, especially in Cabriolet format where you can hear the exhaust note loud and clear. This Mondial Cabriolet for sale in Utah is not your typical Rosso Corsa, but looks sleek in black and is sure to turn some heads.

Year: 1988
Model: Mondial Cabriolet
Engine: 3.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 40,101 mi
Price: $24,500 Buy It Now

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A rare triple black Ferrari Mondial 1988; the last year Mondial’s had flared fenders. Upon purchasing the car last year I decided to put a Daytona style interior all in black leather. The exterior is like new condition with blemishes shown in pictures. A very strong running car that is an absolute pleasure to drive. The top is in excellent condition with leather boot. I have the Mondial manual and a service manual that go with the car.

Upon completion of all that was added, it was entered in a local car show winning honorable mention and best interior. Below is a list of all that was added along with all the imperfections of this car. Buy with confidence as I have owned multiple exotic cars have 100% positive feedback and have been on ebay for 15 years.

Items that need attention:

· Interior dash clock does not turn on. It worked when I purchased it and recently turned off.

· The “shift” light will flicker intermittently after about 30 minutes of driving. This seems due to a short.

· Rear windows are slow in summer and in the extreme cold don’t roll down. Motor replacements are in order.

· Some windshield trim fading from wind (see pictures)

· Slight oil drip. About a tablespoon per month.

Serviced:

· Two tires & four wheel alignment, all tires have lots of wear, look new

· New alternator

· All new belts and rear seals replaced

· 2 hood, 1 bonnet and 1 trunk shocks replaced

· Left & right drive shafts removed & cleaned/greased, inner & outer CV

· Boots replaced

· One convertible latch & receiving unit replaced, extra convertible latch included in sale

· New battery

· Only synthetic oil used

· Fully Tuned in August 2013

New items

· All wheels were sandblasted then powder coated and look brand new

· Center wheel hub badges and air stems are new

· Porcelain Ferrari emblems added with brass backing (not cheap vinyl)

· All new leather interior

· New carpets

· New floor mats with silver Ferrari prancing horse

· New Daytona Steering wheel with new center horn

· New Billet Aluminum Ferrari pedals

· New Billet Aluminum Satin Ferrari shift knob

· New Ferrari Billet Aluminum gas cap

· New Billet Aluminum Shift gate with “easy shift” pattern

· New Parrot sound system with Ferrari logo and new speakers. Bluetooth sync with any smart phone plus internet capable with maps and web search, hands free phone.

· Original Ferrari Tool Leather box (hard to find)

· Extra Dead pedal and original pedal covers as well as all original knobs, steering wheel and extra emblems

· Extra new oil filter

· Original set of keys with Solid Sterling Silver Ferrari Prancing Horse key chain

· Extra set of spare keys

· Ferrari Credit card plastic key to fit in wallet (not pictured)

· Custom made Enzo style key for I had made for this Mondial

· Car Craft car cover

Please email me or call with any questions. 801-362-7770

Car is also available for local sale. Please no trades deposit due within 5 business days. Balance due within 10 days. Verified Cashier’s check only. IF YOU HAVE LESS THAN 5 ON YOU FEEDBACK PLEASE CONTACT ME PRIOR TO BIDDING. I WILL REJECT BIDDERS THAT DO NOT COMPLY. THANK YOU.

In 1989, the Mondial saw a refresh in the bodywork, with a larger 3.4 liter engine and transverse layout, improving handling. Those Mondials tend to fetch a bit higher value, leaving the earlier generations trailing a bit. This one is priced well to move very quickly, given the amount of work done to it. Sure, the maintenance may be higher than the famous sports car from Stuttgart, but Ferrari panache is hard to beat.

-Paul

1988 Fiat Panda 4×4 Sisley Limited Edition

If you haven't been following the automotive trend towards smaller displacement "crossover" all-wheel drive vehicles that look tough, then you'd be forgiven. Often just appearance packages, these cars charge a premium for little if any increase in performance. But the trend for these mini do-it-alls started way back in the 1980s. Toyota, Honda, Subaru and Volkswagen all got in on the budget-car-meets-off-roader trend, producing 4-wheel drive versions of their economy hatchbacks. Fiat was not to be outdone, though, producing an unlikely combination that may have also been the smallest of all; the Fiat Panda 4x4. Jacked up and looking ready to flip at the slightest hint of a turn, these Pandas were even dressed up a bit in 1987 with the "Sisley Limited Edition" model, shown here today:

Year: 1988
Model: Panda 4x4
Engine: 1.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 75,600 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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MAMA MIA!! J

FIAT PANDA – 4X4

USA COMPLIANT

FIRST REGISTERED IN ITALY 09/12/1988.

2 OWNERS FROM NEW. A MERE 77,600 MILES COVERED IN 26 YEARS.

ASTONISHING CONDITION – RELIABLE, SIMPLE MOTORING....

FULL WORKING CONDITION WITH NO KNOWN FAULTS....TURN THE KEY AND GO, GO , GO!

DOT, NHASTA, EPA, CBP COMPLIANT.

Welcome ALL Fiat Fans and welcome to all those who choose “to do things differently”

CHECK OUT THESE GREAT LINK OF THE PANDA AT WORK AND PLAY

We are a Company specialising in the restoration, customization and importation of Land Rovers across the USA and Canada.....we spend a good deal of time in Southern Italy sourcing appropriate Defenders and are always drawn to other interesting Italian vehicles...we love the 4x4 Pandas for their simplicity, and over the past few months have invested in a number of these vehicles....we have no doubt that the machines we have selected to purchase are the very best available import compliant Panda’s in the whole of Italy.

So....This is an auction for the world famous (and never before available Fiat Panda 4x4 in the USA).

The Panda 4x4 Sisley offered for auction here is probably the most accomplished and certainly the best selling utility 4x4 small car of all time. The Sisley model is the “top of the range” offering.

While the original Panda never gained the kind of cult following that similar cars such as the 2CV and VW Beetle enjoy, it nonetheless engendered strong feelings of attachment among many owners for its robustness, affordability, simplicity and flexibility.

This beautiful machine was never homologated for sale in the USA, however under USA federal law, the Mk 1 Panda is allowed entry under the “25 year” rule as a vehicle of historic interest.

The first generation Fiat Panda was introduced in 1980, and was produced until 1986, when it underwent several changes. From 1986 until 2003, it was produced with only a few changes. They are now sometimes referred to as the "old Panda".

The second generation, launched in 2003, is sometimes referred to as the "New Panda" or "Nuova Panda" (in Italian), and was the European Car of the Year in 2004.

In over 31 years Fiat has sold over 10.5 million Pandas globally, with more than 6.5 million being the first series Panda. The version of Panda that interests most comers is the 4x4 version as it offers utility and practicality and an interesting antidote to larger SUV vehicles.

If you have never seen these incredible small cars in action than we recommend you get goog-ling and take a look – you will be astonished at their ability and agility!

All of our Fiat Pandas come directly from Southern Italy. They are Left Hand Drive and all have many less the 80,000 miles from new, each unique machine has a history and a story to tell.

They are selected for their original condition, structural and mechanical integrity and careful ownership. Italians love their Pandas and our “top spec” models are often owned from new by the same family – simply being passed from Mother to Daughter or Father to Son.

The cars are bought to England where they are given full and intrusive service and inspection. Thereafter they are detailed and offered for sale to our discerning USA clients.

All cars are issued with a UK title document and UK certificate making DOT registration easy and foolproof.

We have a range of Pandas in many different colors. With different accessory options available.

This wonderful small car is powered by a 1.0 litre fuel injected (Fire) motor and has fully engagable four wheel drive. The perfect car for the beach, the forest, the street.....offering go anywhere ability at 50 miles to the gallon.

Maintenance no problem – Parts accessibility – easy!

Shipping available from us in the UK to any USA port with customs clearance and onwards delivery taken care of by our freight forwarders – no problem.

Shipping costs approximately $3000 per vehicle. You should allow an additional c. $2500 for duty and import fees.

Introduced in 1980, the Panda (Type 141) was designed as a modern day "peasant car": a cheap, basic, no-frills utility vehicle,that would be easy to use and maintain. It can be seen as a later approach to the same niche which the Citroën 2CV and Renault 4 were designed to serve.

The first Panda was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who went on record at the time of its launch describing the Panda as "the most enchanting work of his life", while Felice Cornacchia, the chief designer on the project described himself as "proud overall of the car's architecture". In Germany, Fiat's largest export market, a less positive reaction came from Peter Glodschey, chief road tester of the influential mass-market Bild newspaper, who compared the Panda with "a shoe box", but it seemed the shoe box was considered more beautiful.[7] In several key markets the Panda's styling would continue to attract mixed reactions as the Uno followed in 1983 and the aggressively boxy look became the house style for Fiats throughout the 1980s.

Mechanically the first Pandas borrowed heavily from the Fiat parts bin. Engines and transmissions came from the Fiat 127 and, in certain territories, the air-cooled 652 cc two-cylinder powerplant from the Fiat 126. The plan for a mechanically simple car was also evident in the rear suspension, which used a dead axle suspended on leaf springs. Later versions of the car added various mechanical improvements but this spirit of robust simplicity was adhered to throughout the life of the model.

Many design features reflect the Panda's utilitarian practicality. Examples include a seven-position adjustable rear seat which could be folded flat to make an improvised bed [1], or folded into a V shape to support awkward loads, or easily and quickly removed altogether to increase the overall load space. The first Pandas also featured removable, washable seat covers, door trims and dashboard cover, and all the glass panels were flat making them cheap to produce, easy to replace and interchangeable between left and right door. Much like its earlier French counterparts the Panda could be specified with a two piece roll forward canvas roof.

The first generation Panda met with great success across Europe, polling 2nd in the 1981 European Car of the Year awards in its first full year of production (pipped to first place by the Ford Escort Mark III) and staying in production in some regions until May 2003.

The Panda 4x4 was launched in June 1983, it was powered by a 965 cc engine with 48 bhp (36 kW) derived from that in the Autobianchi A112. Known simply as the Panda 4x4, this model was the first small, transverse-engined production car to have a 4WD system. The system itself was manually selectable, with an ultra-low first gear. Under normal (on-road) conditions starting was from second, with the fifth gear having the same ratio as fourth in the normal Panda. Austrian company Steyr-Puch supplied the entire drivetrain (clutch, gearbox, power take-off, three-piece propshaft, rear axle including differential and brakes) to the plant at Termini Imerese where it was fitted to the reinforced bodyshell.

In January 1986, the Panda received a substantial overhaul and a series of significant mechanical improvements. Most of these changes resulted in the majority of parts being changed and redesigned, making many of the pre-facelift and post-facelift Panda parts incompatible between models. The 652 cc air-cooled 2-cyl engine was replaced by a 769 cc (34 bhp) water-cooled 4-cyl unit, and the 903/965cc by a 999cc (45 bhp, 50 bhp (37 kW) in the 4x4) unit. Both new engines were from Fiat's new FIRE family of 4-cylinder water-cooled powerplants with a single overhead camshaft. The rear suspension was also upgraded, the rear leaf springs being replaced by a more modern independent suspension system using a rigid rear axle (known as the 'Omega' axle) with a central mounting and coil springs. The 4x4 retained the old leaf sprung set-up, presumably to avoid having to redesign the entire 4WD system. Improvements were also made to the interior and the structure. The body was strengthened and fully galvanised on later models, virtually eliminating the earlier car's strong tendency to rust. The rear panel design was also revamped to include flared arches that mirrored those of the front wings, replacing the un-sculpted style seen on earlier models, and the doors received a slight redesign with the earlier car's quarter light windows being removed and replaced by a full width roll-down window.

The Panda 4x4 Sisley limited edition was released in 1987 this was based on the standard 4x4, but came with metallic paint, inclinometer, white painted wheels, roof rack, headlamp washers, bonnet scoop, "Sisley" badging and trim. Although originally limited to the production of only 500, in 1989 the Sisley model became a permanent model due to its popularity.

From 1996 onwards, the Panda was gradually phased out across Europe, due to tightening emissions regulations. The car remained in production in Italy until May 2003. Its total production run of 23 years makes the Panda one of Europe's longest-lived small cars.

With the end of production, the 4x4 version of the Panda came to be seen as a valuable used car: it was cheap, sturdy and useful in rural areas, while most of the other 4x4 vehicles on the market were expensive SUVs.

So thanks for looking and thanks for reading....we hope you enjoy the pictures. This car is every bit as wonderful in real life!

Happy Bidding folks.

While the Panda will never win any beauty contests, it's none-the-less a neat and unique vehicle that would certainly draw a crowd. Assisting that would be the particularly fetching color combination of this model; the grey paint with white wheels really pops, and the box-stastic shape of the Panda is highlighted by the understated tones in such good condition. I love the canoe-strewn seat covers and it must be said that I think this is the nicest condition Fiat Panda I've ever seen. While hilariously high, there is no doubt that this car would generate a serious amount of attention at any local 'Cars and Coffee' meet. What's perhaps even a bit more hilarious is that they actually worked off road, as witnessed by the video links. Try that in your Subaru Cross-trek! Bidding is quite low and while it would cost a fair amount to get over to these shores, I really think it would be enjoyable to raise a few eyebrows driving this little gem around town.

-Carter

1988 Alfa Romeo Spider Graduate

Summer may be coming to a close, but it's never a bad time to lust after a red Italian roadster. This 1988 Alfa Romeo Spider Graduate for sale in Chicago has just under 50,000 miles and looks to be a minter. For anyone in the Midwest, it's the perfect time to snap something like this up and enjoy some of that fall weather before winter sets in.

Year: 1988
Model: Spider Graduate
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 49,460 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS:1988 Alfa Romeo Spider Graduate

This beautiful Alfa Romeo Graduate has only 49400 miles on it. We believe to have only 3 previous owners. This is an original rust free Alfa Romeo that has had one factory quality repaint over 10 years ago. The black canvass top fits tight with no leaks or gaps in the top. The interior in original and is in excellent condition. The Alfa Graduate came new with plastic hub caps. We just installed 4 Alfa Romeo Veloce Alloy 14" rims to give this great Alfa an even better apperance. The engine runs smoothly,the clutch and gear box all work like they should. The air conditioning still is working. Don't miss this Alfa, it's a great car.

The Series 4 Spider and early Duettos are my favorite Spiders, but this Series 3 certainly catches my eye. Anywhere in the $10,000 to $14,000 range should be about the order of the day for a Spider in this condition with this kind of mileage.

-Paul

1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde – REVISIT

The 1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde we featured in February is still for sale, with a lowered price of $12,500.

1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde - REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site February 18, 2013:

The Alfa Romeo Milano has been steadily gaining notoriety as one of those classic Italian cars that can offer a lot of motoring thrills for not much money. A favorite with our readers here at CICFS, I've tried to feature as many good examples of this sports sedan I can find. Today's Milano is another four door Alfa residing in Washington and comes from an owner with a familiarity of the marque.

1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde

Excellent 1988 Milano Verde for sale. I purchased this car 8 years ago from Roberto P from Ferrari of Seattle. This was his personal car for the previous 5 or so years. He owned it since it had 50,000 miles and had it braugt up from California in early 2000. I have always had the car garaged in all 8 years that I have owned the vehicle and was always serviced by FOS as needed. I have been around Alfa Romeo's since I was a child and have had several Alfa cars restored and have always had the passion for these Italian dream cars. I am having to part with this car as I am trying to make room for another vehicle in my garage.

The pictures should show it all on how immaculate the car has been taken care of. I treat this like one of my babies along with my other cars. I get more thumbs ups and second looks at this car over any of my other sports cars.

So here are the details:
1988 Milano Verde
100,650 miles
17'' MAK wheels
Cross drilled rotors
Steel brake linings
Euro grill
European headligts
MOMO steering wheel and shift Knob
STebro Stainless steel exhaust
Wrinkle finish Red cam covers
DE -badged trunk lid
Stereo with subwoofer
Clifford Alarm
Lowered
164 S Cams
customized Red Calipers
Rear brakes were done a few years ago and proably have less then 1000 miles.
Alfa Romeo matching luggage
Recaro Seats
NO Rust
Asking price $13,900

This car is ready to drive and be pampered. It has a very few small blemishes such as normal chips, but nothing major. Back seat would need refinishing, but other then that you could drive it home. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions.

Thanks,
Enzo M
CBLC1@msn.com

The last Milano we featured here got a lot of attention but was priced a bit lower than this car, at $11,000. This car has a bit lower mileage but the Milano featured last week was just as nice. While this has some nice upgrades and is well documented, we're probably a little bit on the high side in terms of value on this one. Still, the Milano is an Italian sedan that is well loved and good ones are becoming harder to come by. For the right buyer, this car very well may be considered a bargain.

-Paul

1988 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 8V

Even though it was never sold in the US, the Lancia Delta is fairly well known here amongst enthusiasts. This is in no small part due to its six World Rally Championships. A fairly unassuming vehicle, the Delta mixes turbocharged power with four-wheel drive capability to create a versatile, practical compact hatchback that could shame many sports cars in its day. Early Delta Integrales are now legal to import to the US, and this black one for sale in Modena, Italy is calling my name from afar...

1988 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 8V

Lancia Delta HF Integrale 8V, ASI. 09/1988, 134,121 km, service regularly at Lancia shops. Gun-metal gray with gray interior Missoni multi color alcantara upholstery. Car completely original, already registered ASI and registerable to Historic Lancia Register. Full options: central locking, power windows, sunroof, 15" alloy wheels. Plates and original documents. Car ASI therefore enjoys all the tax benefits of an historic vehicle (stamp 25 Euro), reduced insurance and transfer of ownership facilitated.

With just over 80,000 miles, the seller is asking the equivalent of $12,600. If this could be bargained down to around $10,000 to give a bit of space for shipping and importation costs for a US enthusiast, you would have one heck of a ride to show up with at the next Cars & Coffee event. Not only that, this is a practical classic that you could use with no worries in rain, sleet or snow.

-Paul

1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde

They always say you aren't a true petrol head until you own an Alfa Romeo. I certainly have had the itch to buy one for quite some time and this 1988 Milano is exactly the kind of car I'd want to buy. Sadly I'm not in the market at the moment and this car, being in Washington, is on the wrong coast for me. But I still am admiring it from afar, right down to the gorgeous Benzoni wheels.

1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde

Greetings Alfisti. My name is Shannon Low from Seattle's NW Alfa Club and I have been "stung" by the Fiat Abarth's tail, which has left a lasting desire in my head to own one very soon. I have owned 5 Alfas now as well as 5 Lancias, I am currently restoring a 77 Lancia Scorpion to euro Montecarlo specs. I used to work at the local Alfa dealership here in Bellevue from 97-99 and would describe myself as a very detail obsessed owner.

So enough of my backround and to my point. I am offering up my 1988 Milano Verde that I purchased almost 4 years ago. This car was built Jan 1988 and was sold new from Valley Imports in Bakersfield, CA in July 1988. The second owner purchased the car in January 1991 from Beach Imports in Newport Beach, CA. He then moved to WA in 1991. I will say that both the previous owner and myself are the "overly sympathetic" car owner types who have cared for this car as if it was a child. I have no qualms in saying that I feel this particular Milano is one of the finest examples you will find for sale anywhere.
I am pricing the car at $11,000. The car has a clean WA title and just passed WA state emissions in Nov (the same standards as CA) Everything works on this car including the cruise, pwr antenna, and A/C. I have practically EVERY service and parts receipt from when the car was new, organised in two binders. The car has only been serviced by Alfa Romeo specialists. Factory parts have been utilized whenever available. The car retains its original owners books w/ portfolio, factory sales brochure, complete factory tool kit, quick reference guide, factory repair manual, spare keys. Many extra parts included. Feel free to e-mail me directly to ask questions: shannonl@parkplaceltd.com or call me to chat in person 206-715-9670

1988 Milano 3.0 Summery

Current Mileage displayed 136k (Odo was replaced under factory warr at 21k in 91 however, due to a squeaking noise) -I have the documentation.
Mileage when I purchased was displayed 98k in April 2009

Items performed during my ownership:
A/C system leak repaired and recharged w/ original R12 Freon
New Koni Yellow adjustable shocks
New red rear lowering springs
New cross-drilled brake rotors and pads
Stainless brake lines
New battery and alternator
New Hi-Flo cat and exhaust center resonator w/Magnaflow rear muffler (great sound, not too loud)
New bronze windshield w/ new seal
New O2 sensor
New front lower ball joints
New door handle gaskets
Euro front grill (I have original)
Factory optional OZ Racing 3-piece wheels w/ Yokohama tires
OE Benzoni phone dial wheels all re-finished and have Continental Winter Contact tires fitted
Front seats recovered in factory Monza cloth-Recaro embroidered in red now
Blower motor bearing replaced and screen fitted to prevent leaves from entering chamber
Piaa Extreme white bulbs fitted to factory headlamps-for much improved light output
Momo steering wheel and shift knob -originals available
Custom floor mats
Silver tech fabric all weather fitted car cover
JVC CD player/Sirius sat radio installed/i-pod-USB (I have original Clarion Alfa am/fm cassette as well)
All speakers replaced w/ quality new ones in factory locations-looks stock
Redline gearbox fluid
New driveline donuts and center support
-Other maintenance performed includes normal wear and tear items replaced as needed and servicing as needed. Timing belt/valve adjust are coming up on being due (I can get a discount on this service and parts)
Some rock chips to hood edge and front valance as well as front side of rear fender flairs.
(These can be airbrushed professionally for around $500)

Other major items worth mentioning from previous owner.
-Upper end rebuild at 96.8k miles in 11/04 by Ferrari of Seattle
-Clutch, ABS accumulator, and radiator replaced at 84.6k miles in 10/01

This has to be absolutely the best Milano that I have seen stateside. Not just in condition, but in looks, as the color and wheels set off the sharp lines perfectly and this one also has the rear lowering springs of non-US market cars. I honestly think this is one of those few times that I would pay full price of $11,000, just to have the best of the best. It seems the seller has a few offers already, but the car still is technically on offer. I'm guessing this one won't last.

-Paul

1988 Lancia Thema 8.32

The Lancia Thema 8.32 is one of those cars that makes little sense. Who in their right mind would stuff a liter Ferrari V8 under the hood of an executive sedan...sideways? Well, Lancia thought it would be a good idea and produced the Thema 8.32 in limited quantities for those who sought the ultimate Q ship. This sedan shared it's platform with the Fiat Croma, Alfa Romeo 164 and Saab 9000 and its engine with the Ferrari 380 and Mondial. Few automotive mashups were ever so interesting. Now the first of these 8.32s are falling outside of the 25 year importation law that faces US automotive enthusiasts. This 8.32 is for sale in Italy and will be legal to import stateside after January 1st, 2013.

1988 Lancia Thema 8.32

Lancia Approved! Car never crashed, FSH, service book. Car rarely used in the rain but driven regularly. Regular maintenance carried out with great care, 10,000 spent in the last three years on mechanicals. Like a new car, used with the utmost respect not to exploit its full performance potential. This car is all original, even in the smallest details, so register without any intervention to the Historic Lancia Register.

At about $18,500, this is steep for a Lancia or cheap for a Ferrari, depending on how you want to look at it. This particular 8.32 has lower mileage at just over 60,000, but the price still leaves it well above other 8.32s we've featured here at CICFS. It also makes it quite a pricey proposition for anyone interested in shipping it to the US. Still, with a lot of these 8.32s run hard and put up wet, it's nice to see a well preserved example can still be had.

-Paul

1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde

Like the 1985 GTV6 we featured this past Wednesday, the Alfa Romeo Milano is a popular car for those seeking cheap Italian thrills. This was the last Alfa Romeo sedan to feature rear-wheel drive and with its rear mounted gearbox, this car is a treat in the bends. This Milano Verde for sale outside of Philadelphia has had a slew of maintenance items addressed and is in fairly good cosmetic condition for its age and mileage.

1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde

The time has come to sell my '88 Milano Verde. I've had it for nearly two years now and have put a lot of time and money in it and it's time to move on. I've attached some pictures below. The car has around 169,000 miles on it and I purchased it with 163,XXX on it. During my ownership I have done the following:

New timing belt, tensioner, power steering belt, AC belt, cam seals, cam cover gaskets, spark plug gaskets, oil pressure sender, and refreshed the fuel rail (new hoses) at 164,879 miles. New turn signal stalk (the place I got it inspected at thought you turned on the high beams by slamming the switch forward like newer cars and broke it...)

New ball joints (upper and lower) on both sides
New battery
Redid headliner
New clutch slave and hose (replaced with braided hose)
Replaced dashboard with one that doesn't have any cracks or issues (also cleaned out heater box and freshened that up with some pieces from a parts car)
New clutch, rear brake calipers, rear brake pads, watts link bushing, and trailing arm bushings at 167,xxx miles
Put on a Euro grill (can include original one if interested)

The AC does work fine
Sunroof doesn't leak or have any issues opening or closing
All window regulators work swimmingly (replaced passenger front a couple months ago)
Doors all lock properly
Has euro downpipes
Euro headlights
164 LS wheels
No flashing lights on the ARC
ABS light is currently on, but it should just be the passenger sensor that needs replacing (hub fell and stressed wire when replacing the ball joints - will diagnose and fix if I can find time to get to it) The pump runs fine and the ABS system worked flawlessly before replacing the ball joint, so something must have gotten out of whack during that
The windows are tinted to keep the interior cooler
Recaro seats are in pretty good shape (see photos)

Feel free to ask any questions below or PM me. I'm asking $4750, but am open to offers. The car is located in West Chester, PA (about 45 minutes south east of Philadelphia - near the Delaware/PA border).

An Alfa like this with over 150,000 miles could be cause for concern, but looking at the photos and reading over what has been done leads me to believe this car is more solid than most. The asking price is at the bottom end of what Milanos are fetching these days and it's always encouraging to see a seller willing to negotiate. If you could get this car for somewhere around $4,000 to $4,500, it would be well bought.

-Paul

1988 Ferrari Testarossa

The Ferrari Testarossa is one of our favorites here at CICFS and currently, they have become more affordable than ever, no doubt as a result of a lagging economy and the fact that they fall into that modern classic category where bargains can be had. I was watching What’s My Car Worth on the Velocity Channel the other night and a 1991 Testarossa in average condition sold for $45,000. This example for sale in Las Vegas is three years older than the car featured on that show and wears the unusual shade of Oro Chiaro Metallizato (light metallic beige).

1988 Ferrari Testarossa

This very preserved original one owner Testarossa features a vary rare gold/pewter color. The car is all original, however we discovered the original audio unit in the car was not working so we replaced it with a modern unit. The original one comes with the car. The car has a 5-speed with very low Only 3539 miles it has been very well maintained and all open recalls have been preformed. The car appears to be mechanically sound with clutch & brakes in good working order with no major probelms found. We have noted that the power passenger window goes up and down slower than the driver's window. Also the drivers seat does show some wear and the exterior shows very well. The car also includes Ferrari tools, books, and a car cover.

This Testarossa is an interesting specimen. Sure, it has been used sparingly, but a lot of people will be put off by a color more suited for a Toyota Camry, no matter how rare the hue may be. That being said, $75,000 is probably optimistic, as there are a lot of low mileage Testarossas on the market. We are probably looking at a $60,000 car at best. It's always nice to see the rare colors come about for sale, but honestly, traditional Rosso Corsa is where it's at with these sports cars.

-Paul