An Alfa Romeo GTAm barnfind
After two nights of restless sleeping and waking up with sheets wet from sweat, I realized I had to find this old GTAm. I contacted the Central Register of Motor Vehicles in Norway and got the current name of the lost Alfas owner. But the car had been unregistered since 2002. It was still in the system, but this kind of information often is a sure sign of neglect and that the vehicle now is a wreck. Who wouldn´t drive this Alfa for almost 20 years? The yellow pages gave me the owners number, and after developing courage I called him. The man on the other line was a very nice and polite gentleman. – Sure, he had the car, and yes there had been lots of troubles. Garages had given him big bills but nothing to show for. The car had most of its mechanics new, but could not be started. It had stood non-moving in his garage since 2007. - But selling it, never! Well, I am not a man that gives easily up. And after a long talk about cars, life in general, he softened. I convinced him to send me some photos. In my mind, I thought at least I could help him to get his motor up and running. Standing still is not good for any car.
A week went by. No photos neither calls came. I messaged the gentleman and politely asked for pictures again. Finally, after some hours I got them. It was really not much to go after. The pictures where low in resolution and taken in a dirty and dark garage. But the “want” for the car was stronger than ever. I decided to go for it. Maybe it was a complete wreck - but after all it was a classic Alfa Romeo. Anything could be restored and rescued. I decided on my max bid and instead of thinking too much, I offered him that amount of money come what may. In my mind the bid had to be high enough to be interesting and low enough to make me be able to sell all the parts and maybe go in zero.
One thing is for sure, the sleep is over dear GTAm, and your heart will beat again.
Benvenuti nel mondo, cara Alfa Romeo!