When I was in the 8th grade in the mid-1970's, Mr. Stebbin the P.E. teacher had an Alfa. Although I can't recall the model, I knew it was very special.
Fast forward to my Sophomore year in HS... a friend of mine had cool parents. They had a gorgeous orange/black Porsche 912 and a '71 Berlina 1750 (burgandy/tan). I really liked both cars. The Alfa because I'd never seen one up close, and the Porsche because my Dad had (original owner) a 1960 356B 1600 Super (silver/black) and the 912 was the "next generation."
I don't think my friend got to drive the Porsche much, but he had free access to the Alfa... and boy did we have fun! It was at this point in my life that I realized a "family car" could be FUN!
Scroll through 35 years...
This last August my wife and I saw a gorgeous green Berlina on BaT – The best vintage and classic cars for sale online
The gentleman selling had obviously put lots of thought and love into it. Unfortunately, the engine gave way within the first 200 miles. Fortuitously the car found its way to Santos. He rebuilt the engine and it ran beautifully!
One morning on my way to work I was stopped at a red light. It was about 10:00am, and nobody was around. In my rear view mirror I saw a car "at least" 100 yards behind, coming closer. I remember thinking the light should turn green by the time this car gets close. I remember thinking there is NO WAY the driver CANNOT see this beautiful olive green Alfa sitting here at the red light. I remember the BOOM!
I called Santos, he recommended a body shop he likes and that's where the car is now.
Since it's there, we want to do a color change. This car was originally red, then was painted its current "olive". We don't prefer red cars and didn't really warm up to the olive... so we're considering colors. At this point, we like the darkest blue... finding it hard to find 1971 Berlina 1750 factory colors. We want to at least have it sprayed a factory color (or a "special order" color which was available in 1971. Problem is, we're finding it difficult to track down this information. I've found 1968, 1969 and 1972 color charts, but no '71 (????). There are lists of color codes offered, but there are quite a few where I can't source actual pictures of these colors on a Berlina. We're kind of going nuts with this, as we want to "be responsible" with what we select to be "correct" for this model historically.
Here are some pictures taken by the previous owner...
Here are some colors we are considering, however we need to verify "correct" colors for 1971 Berlina 1750's.