10k: Gold Nugget: 1973 Alfa Romeo Berlina

The Alfa Romeo Berlina is not an exception to the rule that 4-door versions will always be worth less than a 2-door sibling. However, prices for Berlinas have seen some aggressive increases in the past decade, but that doesn’t mean you have to cash in your 401k to pickup a nice example, just buy carefully.  Like this 1973 Alfa Romeo Berlina offered for $9995 in Portland, OR via craigslist.  Tip from Gianni.

This car came to us via a tip, but we noticed the jewelorjalopy.com  watermarks which can only mean this is our buddy Ian’s car.  A quick trip to thefacebook and alfabb.com confirms this is the case.  This Berlina looks really nice and is described as a strong running example with a decent list of recent work.  Strangely enough a similar car recently sold via Bringatrailer.com’s auction format for a shockingly low $8,925 ($8500 to seller + 5% buyer’s premium)…although one potential bidder claimed last minute technical difficulties — you can read about the whole thing here.  If you missed the chance to buy that one, this one (with the larger 2.0 liter engine) seems like another great deal at roughly the same price out the door.

This Berlina is powered by a  2.0 liter inline-4 with high compression pistons, a big valve head and hot cams from “Mortimer 2,” plus a Wes Ingram pump and long tube headers.  The entire setup looks pretty hot and is mated to a “lightened transmission” — which at first I thought was some kind of joke about the Alfa dumping parts of its transmission on the highway, but this is really a special Merrit Carden built lightweight transmission.  

The interior looks great, probably because the carpet was replaced by a former owner and the seats are Mazda MX-5 leather seats bolted into the car. It all looks very nice and ready for the next owner.

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