age is only a number
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Join Date: Aug 2004
I ran a breaker's yard (around 700 cars, including about 80 Alfas) for 13 years, then downsized to a small unit, just dealing with Alfas but only holding 15 or so cars, and have now semi-retired, with only 10 or so cars around and a small unit, mostly holding my "project" cars....
So I've broken more than 100 Alfas, and realistically the saying "there's nothing too good to break, just ones that are too expensive" has to rule. When you see the prices that early 156 and 147 cars are selling for on eg Ebay, there are many that are never going to be realistically viable to repair or even service properly. Not saying I approve of the situation - just viewing it dispassionately.
The converse of course is that the demand for spares and what people are prepared to pay for them is relatively low - its ages since I sold any panels because they have to be in the correct colour for it to be worth anyone fitting them, and whereas a few years ago a TS engine was worth maybe £450, you'd be lucky to get £250 now, and even then people expect a recent belt change.......Of course in the world of the internet, its easy to be an amateur breaker, which means Ebay is flooded with parts for buttons.
AROC Vice-Chairman and Lancashire Section Secretary
Alfa organ donor to the gentry......