Ten Dirty Secrets of Ludovica
Milan in January of 2012 experienced some unusually beautiful weather, and as Kika and I were here planning our upcoming wedding ceremony in June, I started to pine for a vintage Alfa Romeo to take on Italian road trips. I thought: why not travel in style? Why rent yet another generic front-wheel-drive turbo diesel econobox for all these beautiful road trips through the countryside? And most importantly, wouldn’t it be much more adventurous, fun, and stylish to go on our honeymoon in a vintage Alfa?
If you read my Alfa Summer Affair Series series, then you’re very familiar with the ochre yellow 1968 Alfa Romeo GT 1750 that I bought to fulfill my fantasies. I found the Alfa in online classifieds and purchased it from a private seller in Asti, Italy.
Traveling in the Alfa was a blast! The car itself did not feel anywhere near perfect, but it did the job. The hood popping up every once in a while was quite annoying. We later found out that the hood was the least of our problems.
At the end of our trip, I visit my friend and fellow Alfista Mario if he could do us a favor and have his personal mechanic check out the GT. As his mechanic starts to poke around, bad news follows more bad news. The Alfa was in such a horrible state that we were lucky we had no incidents on the road.
We decided to leave Ludie with Mario and his mechanic and his trusted restoration shop to undergo a complete and thorough no-expenses-spared restoration. I recently visited Mario and Ludie to see how the restoration is going, and here I share with you the top 10 terrible problems that Ludie had, plus one very positive note on which to end.