The once unloved 308GT4 is finally getting some love. Ferrari’s first mid-engine V8 spent years is the doldrums suffering in the hands of entry-level owners who, in many cases, had their eyeballs yanked out of their sockets when the first estimates for minor and major service were presented. For this reason, many 308s were poorly maintained and restored on a shoe string. Now that the 308 has been discovered, finding a good one at a fair price has become difficult. If you want one (and you should), you’ll have to look at 10 cars (probably more) to find the right one and getting to 10 can take a long time. Sports Car Market has really nice 308GT4s trading around $60,000 but they are hard to find in that condition. So I guess the burden of finding a nice one that will appreciate falls on a buyer who isn’t afraid to spend a little bit of money on a car with good bones. Today’s offering might be that car. The previous owner has a lot of experience in the Ferrari world and purchased this 308GT4 to take some pressure off his PF Cabriolet. That was in 1997. After a 13 years of happy motoring, the owner embarked on a full engine and transaxle rebuild. Needless to say, that cost a bundle. But as time passed, the 308 became a little too difficult to get in and out of so the Ferrari sat, unused, after completing around 250 miles. The engine is fresh and strong and there is a video of it revving freely after a detailed inspection and a few turns of the adjustment screws in the carbs. The body needs some attention. It has some bubbles in various places and will eventually need to be stripped and refinished properly. The interior is pretty decent but a few trim pieces need to be glued and dyed. The seller says the wheels need to be checked and refinished before you do any serious road work. Something about high magnesium content and porosity. This is an eBay auction with a Buy It Now at $38,500.00. That leaves enough in the bank to do the cosmetics or forget the concours circuit and drive the hell out of it. Click here for the eBay listing.
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So, why are we posting this when with just one phone call, we can (or should) buy this offering ourselves. But since we are such nice folks here at Mint, we will allow you to scoop this one up yourself. Now, you can’t deny that this is one beautiful Bertone Coupe. The “Scalino” or “Stepnose” Alfa GTs are among the most coveted in the collector car world. And this one is a rust-free, black-plate California car with matching number motor. A rarity in this world with so many of these cars “upgraded” to larger engines in search of a few more horsepower. But horsepower isn’t everything. Read More
As we approach Mint2Me’s first anniversary, we took a look at some statistics provided by our website host, WordPress. We had some surprising news. Out of the 1,165 cars we featured during our first year (actually 11 months), the Fiat X1/9 was our most popular featured car (by page views). The Fiat was submitted to us from David Scheinberg, the original owner and careful caretaker of this little Italian jewel. The Fiat sold within days although the transaction took a little longer to complete as most long distance transactions do. But everyone is happy and if I remember correctly, the seller flew in to Michigan flew in and drove it home to California.
When launched in 1972, the Fiat X1/9 was the first affordable mid-engine sports car, and was immediately dubbed the “Baby Ferrari”. Those early cars were powered by a 1.3-liter SOHC four putting out about 63 hp in U.S. trim, running through a 4-speed gearbox. This particular example is at the other end of the X1/9’s historical arc – 1987 was the final model-year during which X1/9s (badged “Bertone” from 1982 through the end of the run) were imported to the U.S.
Compared with the early models, the ’87 is more powerful (displacement up to 1.5-liters, and output to 75 hp), more relaxed and fuel efficient on the highway (5-speed gearbox; 32+ mpg on regular fuel), more modern and reliable (Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection; well-sorted electrical system), and more durable (improved corrosion resistance). Read More
Fiat had a lot of false starts when they commissioned Pininfarina to design a replacement for their 124 Coupe. Early in development, the Montecarlo was known as the Fiat X1/8 Project. The task for Pininfarina was to build a 3.0 litre V6 mid-engined sports car. The project was referred to internally as X1/8. Sound familiar? Because of the oil crisis, the project was renamed X1/20 and updated or should we say downgraded to 2.0 litre. The project was passed to Lancia, and was constructed by Pininfarina in their Turin facility. In Europe, the sports car was called the Lancia Beta Montecarlo and was the first car to be made completely in-house by Pininfarina. Read More
Well our estimate for the final selling price of this Ferrari has blown up. We thought maybe $140,000 tops. It is at $180,000 with 3 days to go! We checked a Sports Car Market Platinum Database and they report auction results well into the $200,000 range.
This is the first 365GTC/4 we have ever featured. We really like these cars and personally feel the frequently criticized styling has matured nicely over the years. With Ferrari Daytona prices hitting the $500,000 mark with some frequency, we think our readers should look here fo the bargain of the century. The bodywork was designed by Pininfarina in Turin then shipped to Maranello for completion. The styling was panned as being too boring in 1971 but has proven graceful and timeless, as so many fine Pinninfarina styles do. There is a somewhat refreshing lack of chrome and while the black bumpers did not meet universal approval (clown lips), they are tasteful compared to the huge units applied to the Lamborghinis of the time. Read More
You are probably asking why is a Fiat 131 considered rare when Fiat built hundreds of thousands of them? Well, we hate to say this but they were built to return to the earth faster than a recyclable garbage bag. We know this for a fact because someone on our staff actually sold these new at a dealership in Brooklyn, New York. He has memories of unhappy customers returning with disintegrating interior components not long after they drove it home from the dealership. Read More
The Lancia Fulvia has long been overlooked by enthusiasts in favor of Alfa Romeos. Sure, other Lancias have found a loyal following like the Aurelia B20GT and the Spider with valuations going through the roof. Only recently has the Fulvia found some love. It should because this is one jewel of an automobile. Italian car aficionados who like Alfas now have a ton of respect for the Lancia Fulvia.The engineering and build quality is measurably better than most Alfas. And as a former Alfa owner, we would heartily agree. These Fulvias make terrific rally and event cars because they were terrific rally and event cars in their day. Read More
If Princess Grace (Kelly) came back to life as a car, I think it would be this Lancia. A sad analogy since she died in a car crash but it does work here. The Lancia Aurelia Convertible, although small and unpretentious, is one of the most elegant and well-engineered cars of the period. When the Aurelia B20 Coupe was unveiled it was the most superbly engineered car ever. In fact, the B20, was third in the 1951 Mille Miglia and another was second in the 1952 event, splitting two Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupes. Read More
The Bertone 2-door Sprint like this wonderful AlfaBB find, was styled by the brilliant Giorgetto Giugiaro when he was a young designer. When you look at it, it really fostered so many future styling themes that Giugiaro continued throughout this time period ending in the 1970s. For those of us who are Alfisti, we think this should be an unloved Sprint 2600 but alas, you would be wrong. This body style was originally a 2000cc 4-cylinder powered car. They built only 704 according to the seller and his is even more rare because it has a sunroof. Read More
The GTV is handsome in just about any color and this navy blue example is a very handsome car indeed. The seller says it is the original color so we assume it is Blu Olandese or AR-343. That is kind of rare in these parts. The seller took some liberties with this one or perhaps it was the previous owner but the liberties are in good taste. The interior has those wonderful flying buttress seats from the one-year only ’69 GTV. It has a great set of seat belts too. The GTV is shown without bumpers and looks pretty neat this way. Read More
These pre-rubber bumper Alfas are a bargain. We call them Kamn-tails because they have a “bobbed” rear deck and not the “disco” tapered tail of the Duettos and early Spiders. But they are an attractive car with lots of bling fore and aft. The power comes from a 2 liter, double overhead cam 4 breathing through twin Webers (in this case). The 5-speed transmission is a delight to use if the 2nd gear synchro hasn’t blown up as many do. This one is fine and we suggest you keep it that way by double clutching most of the time particularly when it is cold. Read More
Everything sounds better in Italian don’t you think? Grigio Medio sounds so much better than gray. We really like these Fiat Spiders. You don’t see many people lavishing a lot of love on them so it is really nice to see one kept as it was when it was new. The seller says someone spent $14,000 to get it this way and it looks it. Read More
We love the purity of the Pininfarina design of the Duetto. Of course it is an iconic sports car due mostly to starring in The Graduate. This one hasn’t covered a huge amount of miles but it was put in dry storage in 1982. It looks like it needs everything but maybe it doesn’t? Certainly the interior needs attention and that is a relatively easy fix. Read More
Alfa Romeo Spiders and GTs are known for their ability to turn an ordinary drive into a really fun outing. Alfas are light on their feet, willing, easy to live with and easy on the eyes. But there are times when having more room is necessary but you don’t want to give up all of the previously mentioned attributes. Read More
We rarely begin a listing with WOW. This Lancia Rally Car definitely deserves to be the first. Our new friend, Jamie Martin at Targa Florio Classics, sent this fresh arrival for your consideration. The Fulvia Zagato has some real vintage rally experience and is very well prepared. Read More