PREVIOUS OWNERS: Dr. Landry in Portland new until around 1997. Ben Schotz-Austin TX until about 2003. Bill Gillham until 2007. 106,000 miles, unrestored, been a daily driver since new.

built in September 1960 and sold new to a doctor from Portland, Oregon, in May 1961. In fact he picked up the car in Rome at Autosalone Barberini Dalla Vecchia (there’s a trunk badge) in early May, used it a bit in Europe, then shipped it to Portland from Amsterdam, where it was processed through Rambo Motors. This is an unrestored car that was used for regular transportation from new til the 1990s, when the original owner sold it to an Alfa guy in Texas who didn’t use it much over several years, then to another Alfa restorer in Oregon who kept it about a year and a half, selling it to make room for the Giulia Spider Veloce he’d always wanted.

This Spider came with a complete history from new, including original receipt from Alfa (for $2727), Certificato d’Origine from Alfa, Dichiarazione di Vendita, registration and taxation documents from Italy, shipping and insurance documents to the US, and virtually every receipt to the late 1980s. With such a complete file of documentation, coupled with an unrestored but wonderfully patinaed car that shows its history on its sleeve, I thought it would be fun to recount its ups and downs over the years as gleaned from the geologic record of maintenance receipts, oldest at the bottom and newest at the top, like sediment in a lake. This to me is a pretty typical story for such a car, back when it was used as a real car and not as a collector’s item. So I don’t think there’s anything remarkable about the car in particular, only that its historical record is so complete and visible.