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Hi guys,

I am looking for a bit of advice, I have done some searches and read through a few bits, I am contemplating whether to buy a Duetto. I have wanted one for a while now, but being so old, it's quite tricky to spot the good ones and get my head around the spread in prices.

Does anyone on here have one for sale?

Would I be better off getting something in need of restoration or already restored? If anyone knows of anything decent around at the moment, I would be grateful to hear about it.

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Hi Alex, the motto here is buy the best you can afford, resto cases can become bottomless pits so if your not an enthusiastic DIY'r with lots of time on your hands I would seriously think about a really nice sorted one, of course there are blow overs that pretend to be good so you really need someone who knows their Duettos to have a look at any potentials. Go and see as many as you can so you get an idea of what you get for your money even if you don't intend to buy; the S2 is much better value but has the same pitfalls.
Hopefully someone here is close enough to you to be able to help
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Thanks for the thoughts Joe. I am going to keep my eyes peeled, but I do find it harder searching for thesending classic cars and knowing what to really see from the ads.

I will keep the comments in mind about the dangers of restoration projects.

My budget is around 25k for the right car, but I don't currently have a feel for what sort of car I'd get for that?
 

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Potentially dangerous territory really, could get something that looks good but isn't or something solid but with a few mechanical issues (the latter would be better). Focus on the body and structure as to get that right will cost a horrible amount.

I was aware of a guy who spent well over £50k buying and restoring a car with the vast bulk being bodywork.

Check the normal websites and auctions, go to see a few cars but probably aim for a good solid car with perhaps scruffy trim or some mechanics needing work in the next few years. Or a good runner.
 

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Potentially dangerous territory really, could get something that looks good but isn't or something solid but with a few mechanical issues (the latter would be better). Focus on the body and structure as to get that right will cost a horrible amount.

I was aware of a guy who spent well over £50k buying and restoring a car with the vast bulk being bodywork.

Check the normal websites and auctions, go to see a few cars but probably aim for a good solid car with perhaps scruffy trim or some mechanics needing work in the next few years. Or a good runner.
I'd go with Harry on this - £25k is mid ground for the boat tail now, dangerous ground indeed, mechanicals are much easier and cheaper to sort than bodywork, I'm going to repeat that you will find as much pleasure in the S2 as the boat tail but I presume you prefer the looks of the earlier car
 

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I think Alex is looking for a boat tail as opposed to to a coda tronca
 

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Hi guys,
Yes I am looking for the boat tail, it's just such a beautiful car. I am happy to pick something up that needs mechanically sorting out, thanks for giving me some insight into what my budget will get. I will be looking for something that has sound bodywork and possibly a bit tatty.

I am not in a rush to get something restored perfectly, it can be done over a few years, that's what I've done previously with GTAs.

The main problem I have is that they seem to be so rare that most of the ads are from American cars!
 

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Here's a better description - sounds like it needs paint and hood but its £10 - 15k below asking for a really good one - body work needs really careful checking but it could be what your after if its sound and don't mind rough paint and some project work - budget £ 3-5k for decent paint job and £700 for hood and fitting
Alfa Spider 1600 Duetto For Sale (1967) on Car And Classic UK [C707689]
 

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Just check that £3-5k for paint doesn't also need £8k for new sills and a lot more for fixing corrosion in other panels - remember many Duetto panels are NLA now.
 

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Here's a better description - sounds like it needs paint and hood but its £10 - 15k below asking for a really good one - body work needs really careful checking but it could be what your after if its sound and don't mind rough paint and some project work - budget £ 3-5k for decent paint job and £700 for hood and fitting
Alfa Spider 1600 Duetto For Sale (1967) on Car And Classic UK [C707689]
Just check that £3-5k for paint doesn't also need £8k for new sills and a lot more for fixing corrosion in other panels - remember many Duetto panels are NLA now.
Thanks guys, I would be completely out of my depth checking the bodywork over, so would look to get a specialist involved to check the car over properly....I am not phased by a car that needs work doing...just need to start off with a good solid chasis I guess.
 

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I have bought one!

Uk RHD 1 owner from new - Solid but in need of restoration. I know that there are a number of manuals available on ebay etc, does anyone have a recommendation?
 

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I have bought one!

Uk RHD 1 owner from new - Solid but in need of restoration. I know that there are a number of manuals available on ebay etc, does anyone have a recommendation?
Pointless post without a photo!!:biglaugh:

1 owner!!?? Your kidding?
 

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Yeah 1 owner! No pics at the moment, arranging a collection next week hopefully as it's a non runner, missing the casting that attaches to the carburettors. I'll get some good pictures as soon as I get her back here. Needs a lot of TLC though!
 

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Yeah 1 owner! No pics at the moment, arranging a collection next week hopefully as it's a non runner, missing the casting that attaches to the carburettors. I'll get some good pictures as soon as I get her back here. Needs a lot of TLC though!
sweet!
.....we're waiting;)
 

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Yeah 1 owner! No pics at the moment, arranging a collection next week hopefully as it's a non runner, missing the casting that attaches to the carburettors. I'll get some good pictures as soon as I get her back here. Needs a lot of TLC though!
In the short term at least you can run it with ram pipes and sock filters which are a nice performance upgrade, are more readily available, make a great noise, look good and will probably be lower cost. It will run without any casting or air filter but makes a horrible noise and there's always the danger of sucking something unwanted into an intake.
 
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