1974 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce
I sold my ’73 Alfa Spider in late 1988. I have been quietly poking around for another one since that time. I found this car on eBay on a Sunday late in March. It was described as a low-mileage, all original car. After reviewing the photographs at some length, and talking to the listing agent, I called a friend and asked if he could go look at the car for me. He called back three days later (Thursday afternoon) and simply said “Buy it!” I thought about my offer for about five minutes, called the listing agent and offered slightly more than the reserve. It was accepted.
At on Saturday, I was on a plane to
Then I took the car for a five-mile drive. I had forgotten what a blast it is to drive. I had also forgotten how small the car is, too. After lunch, the owner and I exchanged paperwork. With our business complete, the (now former) owner left. I spent another forty minutes chatting with the shop owner, after which I returned to O’Hare field and flew back to DC.
Above, several views of the undercarriage. Below, the trunk, engine compartment, and the odometer.
Coming off the truck, and on the
I learned that I am the third owner of the car. The original owner (his name was David)
purchased the car in suburban
Several friends were after me to just drive the car home from Chicago. The two strongest reasons were the eleven-year-old tires, and (most important) I did not know how messy the roads were between Chicago and Maryland. I made arrangements to have the car trucked east. It arrived one week later. Now the fun begins. And yes, you can go home again…