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

Gooding moving up Pebble Beach auction to end before concours

Some of the cars at Gooding & Company's 2016 Pebble Beach auction | Larry Edsall photo
Some of the cars at Gooding & Company’s 2016 Pebble Beach auction | Larry Edsall photo

Gooding & Company is moving its Pebble Beach auction up this summer, with the two-day sale scheduled for Friday, August 18, and Saturday, August 19.

The auction traditionally has been held on Saturday and Sunday, with the Sunday sale taking place during and after the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Gooding has the only collector car auction staged on the Pebble Beach golf course property, at its Equestrian Center. Other auctions are held at various venues on the Monterey Peninsula. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce

The Alfa Romeo Spider was redesigned for 1991
The Alfa Romeo Spider was redesigned for 1991

The Alfa Romeo Spider had one of the longest running product lifespans of any sports car. Introduced in 1966 as the Duetto, it was immortalized by Dustin Hoffman, who drove it in the movie The Graduate.

As time passed, the car lost much of its stunning looks while struggling to comply with federal crash regulations, such as receiving larger and uglier non-integrated bumpers to comply with federal rules. 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

Pick of the Day: 1991 Alfa Romeo 164S

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1991 Alfa Romeo 164S

I’ve taken a stronger notice of Alfa Romeo and have been following the Italian automaker ever since I had the opportunity to drive a 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider during Monterey Car Week in August. The Alfas that have caught my eye tend to be classic or very modern without much in between, but as I sorted through ClassicCars.com, I stumbled upon the Pick of the Day, a 1991 Alfa Romeo 164S.

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Ferrari’s 1934 P3 Alfa grand prix racer heading to Paris auction

Second of nine Second Series Alfa racers heads docket for RM Sotheby's Paris auction | RM Sotheby's photo by Tim Scott
Second of nine Second Series Alfa racers heads docket for RM Sotheby’s Paris auction | RM Sotheby’s photos by Tim Scott

A 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 campaigned by Scuderia Ferrari, a 1954 Osca MT4 1500 and a pair of more recent Le Mans racers are early highlights of the RM Sotheby’s docket for the auction house’s annual Paris sale February 8 during Retromobile 2017. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

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2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider on Laureles Grade | Nicole James photos

Just as I thought my recent time at Montery Car Week couldn’t get any better, I found myself bombing up and down the Laureles Grade, a 10-mile stretch of mountain road near Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, sitting in a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, Italian sports car weighing less than 2,500 pounds.

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