Pick of the Day: Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina

The Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina has sporty drivability despite its four-door practicality
The Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina has sporty drivability despite its four-door practicality

Alfa Romeo is largely known in the U.S. for its sports cars. Think Spider, GTV and Sprint. But what often is forgotten is that throughout the company’s history, it built many Berlinas, or sedans, all of them with the same sporting feel and performance of their sports car relatives.

Few of these four-door cars were imported to the United States compared with the sports cars, although Alfa built many more of them than sports cars worldwide.

The original Saddle interior looks to be in good condition
The original Saddle interior looks to be in good condition

The Pick of the Day is a 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina that was brought over from Italy nearly two years ago, according to the Miami, Florida, dealer advertising the Alfa on ClassicCars.com. The car has a complete documented history from Italy, and just one U.S. owner.

The Berlina is an original, rust-free example with all original books, tools, spare tire and keys. The Alfa recent had $15,000 in mechanical work completed by renowned Auto Veloce in Miami, the dealer states.

Quite rare is the fact that this car has been equipped with air conditioning, nicely installed so it looks like the factory did it . The Saddle interior is original and looks to be in nice shape as well. Everything in the car works, the ad says, which is rare for an Alfa of this vintage. The original steering wheel and radio are included with the car.

Alfa Romeo Berlinas are fun to drive, have a great competition history and benefit from being something just a little different from the usual Alfa Spider. They also have a usable back seat so they can serve a family cars for sports-minded drivers.

The asking price for this car is $21,000, which is in line with the current market value of these appreciating Italian sports sedans.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Innovative antique: Lancia Lambda glows at Concorso Italiano

Part of the sea of Ferraris at Concorso Italiano | Bob Golfen photos
Part of the sea of Ferraris at Concorso Italiano | Bob Golfen photos

Amid all the streamlined fantasy cars at Concorso Italiano, Steve Peterson’s 1924 Lancia Lambda seemed an ancient relic, apparently the oldest vehicle by far at the celebration of everything on wheels from Italy held Saturday on the Monterey Peninsula.

The Lancia seems boxy and old-fashioned at first, but move in a little closer and the trim, handsome and low-profile styling sharpens into focus, and the technological brilliance becomes apparent. Continue reading

Italian cars, bikes from J Geils estate to be auctioned by Mecum

A 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 is among the J Geils collection | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 is among the J Geils collection | Mecum Auctions photos

Just about everybody knows J Geils as the leader of the rock band that created such popular hits as Centerfold, Freeze Frame and Love Stinks. But not so many know that Geils, who died in April at 71, was a car guy who founded KTR Motorsports in Carlisle, Massachusetts, to service Ferraris and other mostly Italian exotics.

John “J” Geils also was an avid car collector who focused on his passion for Italian cars and motorcycles after the band broke up. In August, eight of the vehicles from his estate will be auctioned by Mecum at its sale in Monterey, California. Continue reading

Swiss hillclimb recreated as Das Kurze Klausenrennen

A Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and others line up to tackle the course | William Hall photos
A Pebble Beach-winning Ferrari 212 Export was among the cars that tackled the course  | William Hall

In the age of social media and the internet, there are very few secrets. But for nearly the past three decades, a group of sports car enthusiasts have quietly gathered each May to stage a vintage hillclimb in a small town in southern Wisconsin without fanfare or paparazzi.

Das Kurze Klausenrennen (“The Short Klausen Run”), a.k.a. The New Glarus Hillclimb, is inspired by the famous Klausenrennen hillclimb that took place at Klausen Pass in the canton of Glarus, Switzerland, from 1922-1934. Continue reading

Duesenberg, Alfa Romeo bests of show at Amelia Island Concours

An Alfa Romeo roadster and a Duesenberg dual-cowl phaeton won the top prizes at the Amelia Island Concours | Bolb Golfen photos
An Alfa Romeo roadster and a Duesenberg dual-cowl phaeton won the top prizes at the Amelia Island Concours | Bolb Golfen photos

A pair of gleaming black pre-war classics were selected as best of show Saturday at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, which was moved up a day on short notice because of stormy weather expected Sunday on the Florida coast.

The Amelia Island Concours customarily awards two top winners – Best of Show Elegance and Best of Show Sport – that recognizes the two main branches of the collector car hobby. Continue reading

Bill’s best buys for the coming year

Six affordable collector cars show signs of increasing values during the next year
Six affordable collector cars show signs of increasing values during the next year

The collector car market is a lot like the real estate market: it’s always seeking growth in that next new, hot neighborhood. And just like real estate, new areas appreciate while others plateau or depreciate.

With collector cars, there are a number of intangibles that go into predicting The Next Big Thing. It’s a complicated algorithm that considers rarity of remaining examples, affordability relative to comparable models, design, performance, desirability and everyday usability. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Concorso Italiano

The 50th anniversary of Lamborghini Miura was celebrated during Concorso Italiano | Bob Golfen photos
The 50th anniversary of Lamborghini Miura was celebrated during Concorso Italiano | Bob Golfen photos

With some of the world’s greatest Italian sports cars from the past and present standing nearby, Ruben Ruiz’s minivan was a source of constant attention. Of course, this was Concorso Italiano and this was no ordinary minivan.

Ruiz was more than happy to give curious spectators tours of his 1958 Fiat Multipla 600, which he called “the most visited car in this whole place.” Continue reading

Sale of unique Alfa Romeo Buano coupe in Scottsdale refocuses question of restoration vs. preservation

The coachbuilt 1955 Alfa Romeo 3500C SS coupe was first shown at the Turin Motor Show | Bob Golfen photos
The coachbuilt 1955 Alfa Romeo 3500C SS coupe was first shown at the Turin Motor Show | Bob Golfen photos

Once again, the Gooding & Company auction presented some interesting “barn find” European sports cars at its Scottsdale sale, including one of the signature cars of the event, a one-a-kind 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe Speciale, in distressed yet picturesque condition.

With evocative coachwork by Buano created for display at the 1955 Turin Motor Show, the Alfa was a center of attention at Gooding, even with a cracking repaint in an incorrect red color and some rough-looking dents on top of the alloy right-front fender. Continue reading

1932 Alfa Romeo Zagato wins Villa d’Este best of show

 The Alfa Romeo Zagato Spider is driven up to receive its best-of-show award | BMW Group photos
The Alfa Romeo Zagato Spider is driven up to receive its best-of-show award | BMW Group photos

A 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider was named best of show at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este held Sunday at the historic resort on the shores of Lake Como in northern Italy. Continue reading

Pick of the Week: ’64 Alfa Romeo Guilia Sprint Speciale

The limited-edition Alfa Romeo Guilia Sprint Speciale has a body by Bertone

After 20 years absence, the great Italian brand Alfa Romeo returns to the U.S. with the all-new and reputedly spectacular 4C mid-engine sports coupe. My ClassicCars.com colleague Larry Edsall got to test drive one, and his Driven report appears here today.

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