The nicest car that I just barely can’t afford

The official name is the SSZ Mark 2 Stradale Competizione. I’m not surprised that I can’t afford it, but I’m much closer than expected.

a car I can't afford

It’s not often that I see a listing on eBay for a truly beautiful car that comes even close to my price range. With 5 days to go the high bid is only $4,494.

My will power is instantly stripped. For less than $5000 I could get a wonderful vintage Alfa-powered race car. I could justify that. May be my wife would fall in love with it too. She’s not a motorhead but appreciates things of beauty. It would be like an investment. (…and other such lies.)

Fortunately for my marriage and bank balance I expect the car will sell for much more that its current bid. Let’s hope.

One thing working against increased bids is the pictures used in the listing. The feature picture plus the one above are old pictures of the car in action back in its prime. This throws off potential buyers because they expect to see pictures of the car currently in pieces spread around a garage somewhere.

Happily, this car is not in pieces but it is in a dark garage and we get no engine or interior pictures. Of course the car has been sitting for years and the prospect of bringing an Alfa engine back from the dead is not for the faint of heart.

So, everybody, please bid on this car and put it well out of my price range. Else I’ll have to start researching garage rental in San Francisco.

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Author: Tom
Writer, cyclist, RVer, etc.