For reasons unknown to me, I have a fascination with northern Maine. I think it’s because here in New England, you can visit three states in little more then two hours – but to cover the vast expanses of Maine, you’ll need close to a week. Plus, the remoteness of its northern territories always makes me wonder how cars like this 1962 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider here on eBay end up there, far from year-round top-down weather.
This Alfa was discovered in Palermo, Maine, which is a mere hour away from the Queen City known as Bangor. Supposedly locked up in a rural shed, I’m dying to know how this rough-but-complete Alfa ended up in snow country, and why the second owner chose to lay it up for the last 30 years! Despite being an area that experiences more than its fair share of snow fall, this Alfa 1600 isn’t the rust bucket you might be expecting. Most rust is contained to the rear of the car, in the trunk floor and hind quarters.
There is rust, for sure, but take a look at that interior: not bad, right? Obviously, the top is long gone, so the insides have held up well despite the beating the cockpit has likely taken from the elements. A “rural shed” does not exactly conjure up images of a heated garage. The original Alfa Romeo steering wheel still looks sharp, as does the gauge cluster. The windshield was damaged beyond salvaging, so the next owner will have to sort out glass replacement. The seller claims the door still close well, and there are no obvious signs of accident repair.
The motor is stuck but said to be complete. I’m most impressed by what I suspect is an original VDO washer fluid bag. Those are the little details that are hard to replicate, as trim items like those aren’t reproduced and have long since succumbed to the elements. And if the matching numbers claim holds up, this is a highly original car indeed. Bidding is active and there’s just over a day left, so wave your paddle if this Alfa in Maine has caught your attention.