Piston Slap: When to Exit the Alfa?

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Miguel writing :


About five years ago I bought a 1982 Alfa GTV6 from a kid who didn’t like it at all. I paid exactly $2000 for the car, drove it home, fixed the ignition system, suspension, and various other items, and drove it on weekends or when traffic in Austin wasn’t too atrocious. I loved it, despite the rusty fenders and skid plates. The engine is surprisingly, surprisingly, almost perfect. Despite all the rust and rot elsewhere, the transmission held up well and ran like a top.

With the help of the AlfaBB guys I got the car back in shape. It spent almost two years on a DIY restoration which involved removing all the rust, straightening the body and painting. Of course, you still need work; he is, after all, an Alpha. I later installed some Recaro mesh seats, cleaned the interior, rewired the electrical wires, etc. In terms of show car scoring, maybe a 4/10. But in terms of any other GTV6 you’ve seen on the road? It’s an 8/10.

The problem is that I have had two daughters since I bought the car. Finding the time to simply replace the fuel filter takes a month of planning. I’m wracked with anxiety every time I drive it, worried that if a real problem develops, I just won’t have time to fix it. Let’s not even get to the money (curmudgeons aside, we’re doing fine, saving more than we spend, owning our home, and having no debt). I love this car. I love how driving makes me feel. But I think it’s not for me anymore.

There are three scenarios here, but I’m open to more.

  1. I keep the car, but I rarely drive it. The value of the GTV6 is slowly rising, and based on recent car and cafe conversations, I might expect the car to be worth a little more than I put into it (about $8,000 so far) in the next few years. . However, this idea saddens me. The car is made to be driven.
  2. I’m selling it. don’t know what to ask Probably $8,000-8,500 based on recent transactions. Then in a few years, when the kids are a little older and I have more crazy savings, I’ll buy an S2000 or something.
  3. It’s my favorite… I’ll trade it for something about the same value, but more reliable, more Japanese (probably), and just as fun and frivolous. Maybe even get some money for modifications and restoration on top of the deal. Something I could use to get back into autocross would be ideal. Obvious answer – Miata. I really miss my 94 Integra GSR to this day too.

What does the comment say?

Sajeev replies:

All three scenarios are feasible and very logical. With your current finances and a super cool car like this, well, you can’t go wrong. I’d mix 1 and 2, driving the Alfa from time to time until the right buyer comes along. Said buyer should pay a premium (ie not an auction price) and love it like a true classic car enthusiast. Think of yourself as one of those people who care for rescue dogs. So to speak.

Or maybe a combination of 1 and 3? There’s nothing wrong with having a toy, especially when it’s less of a waste of time/money in your life.

I wouldn’t consider option n anyway. 2 per se. This implies that the Alfa is something you must sell at a price regardless of the future life of the vehicle. This is a mistake, because anyone who restores a classic car understands the value of his hard work… and understands that he is only the temporary owner of a piece of history. A rolling historical artifact that is more than the sum of its parts and more than the pride of any one person. Therefore, it demands to be treated as more than just a commodity that can be sold anywhere!

Give it a fighting chance, take the time to find the right owner for the Alpha.

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