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Old 01-29-2014, 05:36 PM   #1
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Another Italian in the family!

I came across this and couldn't resist! It's an '88 Spider Graduate, 39k miles, most importantly rust and corrosion free. It runs great, but obviously needs a new top and a decent set of wheels and tires. The paint needs a bit of wet sanding and buffing to bring it back, but it should clean up nicely. The Series 3 wasn't my favorite looking of the Alfa Spiders, but mechanically they were probably the best of them. I feel guilty because it will likely have to live outside, but I'll get an all-season cover for it. It will be the fourth Italian in the stable, which means that I need to have my head examined. I showed it to my girlfriend before I bought it, hoping she would talk some sense into me. Unfortunately one of her friends had an Alfa Spider when she was in San Diego, and she spent a lot of time in it, and had a thing for them. Instead of talking me out of it, she started jumping up and down and said if I didn't buy it she would!









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Old 01-29-2014, 05:40 PM   #2
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Sorry, it is not a TDI. It is crap.











Nice ride, I could get in some trouble with that.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:53 PM   #3
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Nice!

The only thing more temperamental than a British sports car is an Italian one.


There's an Alpha Romeo garage just down the street from my office, so I get to see some sweet little cars from time to time when walking out for lunch.
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:07 AM   #4
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I showed it to my girlfriend before I bought it, hoping she would talk some sense into me. Unfortunately one of her friends had an Alfa Spider when she was in San Diego, and she spent a lot of time in it, and had a thing for them. Instead of talking me out of it, she started jumping up and down and said if I didn't buy it she would!
You should marry that girl, before she comes to her senses.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:19 AM   #5
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VERY nice! Big congrats.

And the excited gf sounds like a wonderful bonus.

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Old 01-30-2014, 02:41 AM   #6
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Nice

Nice ride. I have a 76 spider (also red). Be prepared for a few electrical issues. Centerline and IAP are both great sources for parts and knowledge. Register for the alfa bulliton board ASAP. http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/

Keep the hydrolic clutch fluid fresh and always put it in 2nd before reverse to help eliminate the common syncro issues. Also watch your fluid levels (break, clutch, etc.) as they sometimes drip a little.

Every time I drive my car someone compliments it. I love driving mine in the mountains almost as much as riding motocycles.

I would love to find a red Ducati 900ss to park next to mine. If you get a chance I would love to see yours together.
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:26 AM   #7
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That is pure fun right there.

As crazy as it sounds, dealing with the idiosyncrasies in a car like that have to be part of the fun of ownership. Gives it...ummm...character.
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:45 AM   #8
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Very nice. I had a '71 Spyder and my brother had a '71 GTV. I had a '74 GTV in my shop yesterday which made me realize that I really want a GTV. Also, I like Spica fuel injection.
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:41 PM   #9
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Sexy.

I like it.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:35 PM   #10
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Welcome to Alfa Disease - those of us who are fellow sufferers know from bitter experience that Alfa Disease is an incurable affliction that once caught is never fully extinguished. Even though you know that they are bad for you and will cause endless heartbreaks along the way there is absolutely no other car that gets under your skin as much as an Alfa.

Even after multiple Alfas when you swear you've sworn them off forever and this time you really, really mean it you'll see one going down the road and turn your head to follow it and mutter to yourself "Damn - I want another one..."

The first car I ever drove was my dad's 1960 Giulietta Spyder, I've owned a couple of Spyders myself and one of my best friends just bought a great 1962 Giulietta for an incredibly low price that I am not allowed to disclose. I'm trying to figure out a way to pry it away from him now....

Congratulations - you'll love it - and your girlfriend sounds like a keeper.

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Old 01-31-2014, 08:42 AM   #11
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Great looking car. Looks like it's doing 12 mph standing still!
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:36 AM   #12
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Nice looking car, great movie.
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:01 PM   #13
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How are the Spiders for taller folks? I've always had a love (mental defect) for small Euro sports cars, but have never found one that my 6-5 frame fits in.
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:23 PM   #14
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Just leave the top down and you have infinite headroom.
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Old 01-31-2014, 02:52 PM   #15
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How are the Spiders for taller folks? I've always had a love (mental defect) for small Euro sports cars, but have never found one that my 6-5 frame fits in.
I am 5'11" and 160 lbs and have very little leg room. My legs are the only thing cramped though. If I were your height I would much rather be on a KLR than folded in an Alfa.
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