Every now and then, we do a favour and put up a classified ad here in The Garage, but only if the car in question has enough cool factor. Now I’ve never had what most would call a traditional sense of cool when it comes to cars, but this one is just too hip to pass up.
This 1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 Berlina belongs to one of the guys in our shop and was passed down through the family. It is somewhat unique in that it did endure more than a few Canadian winters in the past and yet, thanks to some apparently decent rust proofing it didn’t dissolve into the atmosphere like most of it’s brethren.
The four door sedan is powered by a 2.0 liter four that motivates the rear wheels as God intended, through a 5 speed manual transmission. The twin cammer has breathes well, thanks to a pair of 40dcoe Weber side draft carbs and a new 4 into 1 header. When it came out of storage this spring, it was running a little rough. Thanks to the simplicity of Italian 4 cylinders, a bit of a tune up with all new Marelli bits was all it took to get this thing growling like it used to. The brakes have had a full going over as well this summer .
A state of the art (in the Eighties) stereo wand thing is the only thing other than the carbs and header that aren’t original. The original owners manual still lives in the glove box.
With any good old car in original condition, there is some bad to go along with the good. The paint is in pretty rough shape, but has an age worn patina that gives the car character. There is rust at the base of the windshield, bad enough that it would likely require replacement of the cowl panel to repair. Other than that though, the car is rust free which is unbelievable considering it has been in Ontario for the last 35 years.
The asking price is currently set at $7000 Canadian and you can get more details by sending an e-mail to da_neilson at hotmail.com