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1969 Alfa Romeo Berlina Sport Sedan on 2040-cars

Year:1969 Mileage:999999

Glendale, California, United States

Glendale, California, United States

Here's a perfect opportunity to own a rare and desirable vintage Alfa Romeo.  There are very few of these cars on the road in the US and even fewer that can claim to be daily drivers. This particular Berlina has a more powerful 2.0L Alfa Romeo Nord engine with European intake cam and perfectly dialed in SPICA injection.  The car starts every time, idles smoothly and does not smoke.  It pulls smoothly in every gear and manages upwards of 30 mpg.

The cylinder head has been recently rebuilt by John's Alfa Romance in Los Angeles. The rebuilt included valve guide seals, new head gasket, half moons, seals, plugs, etc.  The PO provided a brand new timing chain installed at the time of rebuild as well as the Euro intake cam.  Pistons were inspected with the head off and no play was detected.  The car runs perfect, even in California traffic during the hot days.  The goal for the set up was to increase power without impacting the reliability of the car. As such, this is a very quick car and a great freeway cruiser.  To enhance performance and engine integrity I only use premium gas, however it should run on regular with no issues.

PO has gone through the transmission and replaced the clutch and the clutch slave cylinder.  The car shifts perfectly, no second gear grind, no popping out of reverse.  Shifting is very precise just as it should be in the Sport Sedan. Along with transmission the PO has replaced the fuel tank, new Bosch electric fuel pump, rebuilt Marelli distributor, etc. Tires are Yokohamas 185/65 R14 with plenty of tread.  The wheels are factory original steelies with OEM center caps. Great handling is enhanced by 4 wheel disc brakes.

Structurally, this car is very sound with radiator support, floors and trunk floor with spare tire well are rust free. There are few rust spots including right rear door.  However, if you want a 45 year old rust free car you should be looking at fully restored examples.  The body is pretty straight, with small dent on the left fender.  It is the original Faggio color that has wore out through the years but developed a rather nice patina helped along by the California sun.  Interior is in very good shape with a replaced dash from Europe, excellent condition faux wood steering wheel, great condition seats and door trim. The bright trim is all there with exception of left rocker moulding.  The interior trim is all there including wood trim, dash mouldings, stock cigar lighter, etc.

All gauges work, even the clock. Original speedometer was broken and had to be replaced. A new speedometer cable was installed at the same time.  The fuel sending unit and the oil sending unit have been professionally replaced. Wipers work at both speeds, all lights including high beams, driving lights and turn signals work properly. The radio works and the new replacement antenna will be included in the sale. Reverse lights are fully functional. Heater fan works intermittently.  Heater box is solid with no leaks.  The inlet hose has been recently replaced.  

Santo's Italian car service has recently replaced water pump by-pass hose and replaced the oil and filter. The car is in tip top driving condition ready to go anywhere.  It is a clean title car registered and insured in California.  Being a pre-76 model, it needs no smog inspection. It is being sold with owners manual and 2 sets of keys.  Sale includes spare hard to find trim parts as well as a complete original dash board. This car is sold as is/where is with no warranties stated or implied.  I will help with loading the car and packaging spare parts for out of state buyers.   

Thank you for looking.

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