I did a quick calculation and found that at my current usage, I would reach the end of the warranty on my daily driver at 100,000 miles 13 months before the term of the warranty is up in March or 2010. Time to get a cheap commuter!
My commute is 30 miles each way and I travel both ways at the early edge of the 880 traffic, so unless there is an accident I get to do 35 – 60 mph the whole way. A beater pre-smog sedan with a 5 speed and an economical engine would be a perfect commuter for me. I didn’t have much to spend initially so I had low expectations about what I would find, but I figured I could drive the 1959 Sprint until something turned up.
Last Saturday I went by a friends Alfa repair shop to buy some Sprint interior trim I needed for the Sprint Veloce and this car was parked on the street out front. I asked what was going on with it and I was told the engine was coming out then it was going to the local Alfa pick-n-pull, unless of course I wanted it. I asked how much and for the same price as the hand full of Sprint interior trim I bought it.
The Berlina was a running driving car before the engine blew up about 3 months ago and everything works. I have receipts going back to about 50,000 miles in the early 90’s and it has been very well cared for over the years. The Pirelli P3000 Cinturato’s are like new and most of the brake system has been replaced in the last 8 years. The two big things I need are an engine and a windshield. The interior is pretty rough but all there and it has a working period Blaupunkt radio.
Anyone out there in Alfa land have a Berlina windshield that’s better than this one for sale? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Next installment will cover my engine options as I try and create a 30+ mpg commuter.