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Alfa Romeo Spider Duo

Two Alfa Spiders Plus Spares For $2,900!

Reader Roger C has two Alfa Romeo Spiders barn finds and he is looking for a new home for the pair! I will let you tell him a little more. From Roger – I have discovered two Alfa Romeos in a barn near Marysville, Ohio where they have been untouched since 1980. One is quite good, its a ’72 Spider. Would be an easy restoration. The other 1974 spider is too rusty, but is complete. Good for a parts car. Both seem to be complete. Also comes with 4 – 2.0 liter engines, 4 rear ends, 3 transmissions, 4 Spica systems, tons of steel and alloy wheels also included. All instruments included. No split dashes, good stainless, amazing. Original Ohio titles too (hooray). I’m asking $2900 for the whole bunch. Contact me at rcoch10423@aol.com if you are interested. Read more »

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Buy 3 Alfa Engines for $750, Get An Alfetta GT!

What a find by Olaf E! Located in Bozeman, Montana, the advertisement here on craigslist reads “buy three Alfa twin cam engines, get an Alfetta GT free!” And for $750 to boot! These would be coming home if I were there, that’s for sure. I really like the little Alfa coupes–a lot. I just wonder why they have so many spare engines. Read more »

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Cheap Sunshine! $1,100 Fiat 124 Spider

How can you go wrong with this one! I’m amazed that there are still bargains out there like this. For only $1,100 here on eBay you can purchase this Italian convertible right now! The car is located in Brooklyn, New York. I have a history of viewing the 124 and later 2000 Spiders from afar but with envy. With nicer interiors that my beloved British roadsters, tops that did a better job of keeping the rain out and a much better job of going up and down, and a sexy twin-cam engine under the hood, it’s hard not to like them. There’s a healthy fan base as well, and good parts availability just makes them that much more attractive. One of these days I’ll probably say “yes,” but it won’t be to this car based on location alone. The seller says this car has 112k miles and runs and drives well. Of course, there are some cosmetic issues, including some rust, but it doesn’t look too bad. The owner has had the car for 20 years and I’m sure will be a font of information on the car–I’d want to take them out to lunch and ask a bunch of questions! Let us know if any of you purchase this one!

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Stored For 49 Years: 1958 Fiat 500

While there’s not a lot of information about this little Fiat, I was intrigued by the idea that the car had been stored indoors for 49 years. And then I looked at the pictures. For a car that was only on the road for seven years, there sure was a lot of rust! Then I saw the location: Paramus, New Jersey. Home of road salt. So either the indoors wasn’t very weathertight, or the car got a lot of winter driving in before it was taken off the road. It’s being sold here on eBay, where bidding is at $355 with no reserve, so the seller has a realistic idea of what the rust will do to the car’s value. It does include the original jack and tools, and all the hubcaps. Needless to say, it doesn’t run. The odometer is reading 24,438 miles, and I’m guessing that may well be original miles – I can’t imagine anyone doing a lot of long-distance traveling in this tiny car. We had a 2013 500 and loved it, but do you want to tackle this old one?

1985 Lamborghini Countach Barn Find

1985 Lamborghini Countach: Midwest Barn Find

Somewhere on a Midwest farm, this Lamborghini Countach slumbered in an old barn for 15 years. To think a rare European spec Quattrovalvole was just parked in this barn and forgotten! Not only is this car a carbureted 5000 QV, it has some interesting history. The seller claims it participated in the 1985 Monaco Grand Prix. They don’t state to what degree it participated in the Grand Prix and the only evidence they have to backup the claim are the car’s old Monaco license plates. Whether it ran at Monaco or not, this is still an incredible find! While the US spec fuel injected V12 is impressive, the European version was even more powerful! When new, the chest pounding 5.0 liter V12 put out 455 horsepower and could fling this wedge to 60 mph in under 5 seconds! Sadly, being parked for the past 15 years likely means the engine will need to be rebuilt and it’s hard to say what else might be wrong with it. Of course if you can afford the current $225k bid, an engine rebuild probably won’t be much of an issue! You can find this Lambo here on eBay. So would you fully restore this Countach or just get it running and safe to drive?

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Sport Sedan: 1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta

Why can’t this one be closer to me? A non-rusted out, good running, good stopping Alfa sedan with twin sidedraft Webers and a 5-speed for a buy-it-now of $3,500? It’s here on eBay, but unfortunately for me it’s located in Keswick, Ontario, Canada. The seller is also inviting best offers. Yes, there’s body rust, it is, after all, an Alfa. However, it’s not too bad, with the only major area being the right rear fender lip. Even the undercarriage is said to be clean! The bumpers are crumbling to bits though; sounds like an excuse to source and mount some euro bumpers to me. With less than 68,000 miles I have high hopes that the durable four-cylinder twin-cam is in good shape. Even the interior is livable, although there are some seam splits and minor other issues. If this one were closer I’d sell the Toyota tomorrow and start bidding! How about you?

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Found: Stuarti Sonata

Perhaps not missed but definitely missing is the one-off creation of former Italian crooner Enzo Stuarti. In addition to sharing his namesake with Enzo Ferrari, Mr. Stuarti also fancied himself as a bit of an automotive designer, perhaps a hobby that blossomed after his stint as a test driver for Ferrari. Apparently, this exotic-if-not-ugly shell here on craigslist is the remains of his one-off, Lamborghini Miura creation called the Stuarti Sonata. You can find more information on this page, as well as on this biography website that has a decent photo of the finished product. Although it had exotic underpinnings (some experts claim it had the motor from a Jarama, and not the Miura), it doesn’t appear as if the car ever caught on, no thanks to its odd proportions and even stranger looks. The lack of a chassis indicates the drivetrain is long gone, hopefully having been reunited with the Lamborghini it was removed from. According to this old eBay listing, the complete car was for sale a few years ago, and now all that is left of Enzo’s dream is the much-maligned body. Does anyone know the whereabouts of the engine?

Jeff In the Junkyard - Archives

Jeff In The Junkyard: Digging in the Archives

Due to the summer time activities taking priority over my junkyard excursions, I’m running out of fresh meat. But rest assured, an external hard drive still has a few gems stored away on it, and I’ve begun pulling together some finds from the yards of yesterday. What’s most distressing about this process is realizing how many valuable cars (for my purposes, anyway) I walked right past before I ever knew I’d need parts from them someday! Read more »

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1967 Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto: Texas Sunburn

There was a fair amount of interest in a recent ‘Jeff in the Junkyard‘ post where the boat-tail rear end of a vintage Alfa-Romeo Spider could be seen. Well, put that junked parts car together with this 1967 Alfa-Romeo Spider listed on eBay and you just may have a complete example at the end! While the eBay car wears a great shade of orange, the Texas sun has done its best to burn through the paint, leaving the cosmetics a bit of a mess. The upside to the dry hot climate is that this Duetto doesn’t appear too rusty. However, the seller doesn’t make any claims that the car is entirely rust-free, so  bid carefully if this is a project you’ve been looking for. The Buy-It-Now price of $8,750 isn’t terrible, but like any restoration project, I’d try to get the price down a bit more before taking the plunge. Restore the interior, refresh the mechanics and leave the paint as-is. Then, just drive the thing!

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Wishful Thinking: 1967 Fiat Dino Coupe

The Fiat Dino Coupe and Spyder were essentially created to find a home for a Ferrari V6 that needed to be produced in sufficient quantities to be homologated for racing. I think the Bertone lines of the coupe are timeless and that it’s one of the prettiest cars to ever come out of Italy. Something about the crisp styling, especially from the rear 3/4 view, really speaks to me. This one looks to be in pretty nice shape and is somewhat surprisingly offered here on eBay with no reserve. As I type this, bidding is only up to $2,125, but I’m sure that will climb considerably (if not, I’m going to own it!) before the auction isover. The car is located in Berlin, Connecticut and I can’t imagine a more fun summer drive than to ferry this back home, eventually reaching the Blue Ridge Parkway. Ok, enough dreaming! The car looks really nice and benefits from a bare metal respray. In some of the pictures the door fit doesn’t look great but that may just be an optical illusion, and I had to look hard for it. Said to run “great” and with no outstanding issues, I have a feeling this little car will make someone very happy. Unfortunately, it’s probably not going to be me!

1966 Ferrari 330GT

1966 Ferrari 330GT: Dusty Garage Find

I can’t even begin to imagine what it would feel like to find a dust covered Ferrari parked in a garage or barn. Growing up in Wyoming, spotting high end muscle cars was pretty commonplace, but exotic cars were completely unheard of. I guess that is one of the reasons I’ve always dreamt of finding a Ferrari. As beautiful and brilliant as they are though, I doubt I would ever want to own one. If restoring a car isn’t expensive and stressful enough, adding in the mechanical complexity and difficulty in finding Ferrari parts seems like it would just make the whole experience that much more challenging. At the same time, I can see how the challenge would be fun for some collectors! I’m going to guess the owner of this Ferrari 330GT decided they weren’t enjoying the challenge anymore, so they have decided to sell the car. It has been parked in their garage long enough to get a good layer of dust. Apparently the engine is partly disassembled, which could mean this engine needs anything from a minor repair to a complete rebuild. You won’t know for sure until you are working on it. If you are the type that enjoy the challenge of restoring a Ferrari, you can find this one here on Gullwing Motor Cars. Can you imagine finding a survivor Ferrari like this parked in a barn, shed or garage?

1973 De Tomaso Pantera

Affordable Supercar: 1973 De Tomaso Pantera

Pantera values have been on an upward trend lately, so if you are in the market, this might be a good time to pick one up. These cars represent an affordable alternative to more exotic supercars. That doesn’t mean they are cheap, but the Ford 351 V8 is much cheaper to maintain and repair than other cars from Italy. Obviously, it is never going to be a Ferrari, but the styling is eye catching and these may be better suited for most Americans anyway. Ford actually approached De Tomaso when it wanted an exotic of its own. They thought the Pantera would appeal to the American market and even made sure it could be optioned with air conditioning. The seller of this project doesn’t provide many details, but they do claim that the engine was running when it was removed from the body for soda blasting. They have since lost storage and interest so it has been listed here on craigslist for $15,000. Thanks goes to Greg S. for the tip!

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