Market 447: Spider 170763 in Florida

12/24/12: Tough to say whether it’s just right or a bargain at $27,100 -but if they overpaid, it couldn’t have been by much.

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12/7/12: Giulietta Spider 10103*170763.  This car is available now on eBay. It is nice enough but unremarkable. The description, though verbose, doesn’t say much about the car and the pictures are way to small to do anything but tease. Both leave a lot to the imagination -a tactic no doubt, because most people fill in the missing information with imaginings that add up to an impression of what they want to see rather than what is there. Regardless, the price is still low and if it’s as rust free as described, it wouldn’t take much to turn it into a very nice car.
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All the pictures have this ‘a little too close’ air and saturated color.  Does look nice though -so desired effect achieved.  Infinitely better to start here than a rusty hulk.

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This all fits together well.  No licorice rope edging to rile Uncle Rick up – that’s good.  

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As a post card it works, but as an image to base spending $30,000 on -not so much.  

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I never did get an explanation of the dangers posed by having your license plate number publicized in an advertisement on the internet.  I still suspect some paranoid type did it once in the late 90’s and the virus spread like Small Pox.  We’ve slowly become immune, but it does manifest itself to this day -case in point here.  Trunk fits very well.  At this saturation lever there could be lots of chips and scrapes in the paint and you would not be able to tell -I’m just sayin’.

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I don’t dig this era of dash cover -always looks like one of those baggy black fake leather bachelor pad couches after a few months and then descends from there.  Very nice steering wheel, yellowed gauges are not surprising, nor difficult to fix.  I like the 70’s speaker!  Screen Shot 2012-12-07 at 10.00.03 AM

Mmmm shiny seats.

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Lets see – black stuff on inner fenders and firewall, and lots more needs help here -but it runs!

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No rust here.  Just a thick coat of recently applied textured bed liner looking goo.

This could be a good start for someone.  Sort out the carb trouble and get a correct air cleaner on it.  Paint the inner fenders and firewall red to match the body, and tidy up a few other things and it’d be cool.


6 thoughts on “Market 447: Spider 170763 in Florida

  1. Something seems sleazy about this ad. This seller has 277 feedback results – but not one as a seller. The ad seems to have been written by someone who knows Alfas, and knows some of the common issues, yet we have no basis to have any faith in what he says because he admits that this is his first Alf. And, as you say, the pix seem to have been Photoshopped extensively, to the point where they are simply not believable.

  2. While you ‘re mentioning the obvious fresh layer of undercoating .. you are ignoring the missing below-engine-cross-brace, which is a critical structural feature of the chassis.
    That and the engine compartment ln black trigger all my “this is a quick flip” alarms !!!

  3. Agreed. Something about a missing flywheel cover says “hastily assembled”.

    So what’s the common wisdom about “Licorice Rope Edging”? I’ve seen very well restored cars with it, others without. Yes it takes up the gaps on ill fitting eyebrows, but I like the idea of not scratching up the new paint. Is it original and where can I get it? I’ve been putting off fitting my grille. Thoughts?

    • Spider didn’t come with it, but with guys spending 10K on paint, they usually add it to protect the paint from the grills.


  4. Licorice Rope Edging was never original on 750 / 101 cars. It came with the 105 Duetto.
    There are better ways to protect your paint.

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