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I am so disappointed in you. You bought a automatic, and yet call it a sports car, how can you speak such blasphemy. You know that it has to have a stick to be a sports car, come on!!! UGH you know I have an auto, and would not trade it for any 5 speed vehicle mentioned in this forum. lol

So glad you got something you like and made the step quickly. It looks fantastic. I may have to take a look at these. Have seen some Alpha Romero adds on TV lately.

Congratulations, new car that is that exciting is good for you. Keep us posted on how it grows on you!
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Just think of it this way
The 4C has 6 gears of NLS
and added a second clutch to replace the clutch pedal.


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Love those cars. Congrats Elff!


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Bob, I went down to the FH Sunday auto show-up and saw a 4C drive in, just after reading about Elf getting one. The guy was miffed because Darrel wouldn't let him park where he wanted, so he burned out and left before I could go see it. It's our last Sunday before going to the mountains, so probably won't get to see it now, if he even comes back. Oh well, looks like a popular car, so there will be others.

Pulled a real boner yesterday. Sue didn't want to go down. So I drove the coupe down, stayed an hour or so, then went and swapped for the SKY and came back. Darrel caught me as I drove in to get a picture of the second one, so I stood by the car and got distracted. About an hour later the guy that had the 1990 Yellow Corvette when you were here, came by and said my SKY was running. SURE ENOUGH! Checked the engine temp and it was right on 190, so felt somewhat relieved!
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What is the procedure for removing the soft top in the coupe?
Don't know as I don't own a soft top. I'd be more interested in figuring out how to weld the hard top in place!!
Only time I've removed the hard top was when the seat wouldn't fit out the door when I had to replace a failed seat belt receiver.

I don't expect that the coupe soft top is any less complicated (possibly more so) than your Alfa, to remove and stow.

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I watched a coupe soft top removal/replacement once. It involved putting the assembly upside down on a blanket laid on the ground and use of a rubber mallet to help with the frame.

My MGB had the same top arrangement as your MGA, Bill. Major operation to put up or down. Then there was the TR-250 Surrey Top that was fitted to my TR-6.......

Is the Alfa rear-engine or mid-engine? I thought mid.

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The stow away MG top I referenced was on our MGC (same as an MGB except straight 6). The MGA had a more sensible set up that had catches at each front corner and folded down behind the seats - still a bit of running side to side. I don't have to worry about it, as I am down to one coupe, a rebodied MGA (also coupe) and my race car with no top at all.

The Surrey top was a neat set up (and rare) and it ticked off Triumph owners when Porsche later came out with the Targa top and claimed it as the first of its kind.

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Is the Alfa rear-engine or mid-engine? I thought mid.
It is Mid.

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The stow away MG top I referenced was on our MGC (same as an MGB except straight 6). The MGA had a more sensible set up that had catches at each front corner and folded down behind the seats - still a bit of running side to side. I don't have to worry about it, as I am down to one coupe, a rebodied MGA (also coupe) and my race car with no top at all.

The Surrey top was a neat set up (and rare) and it ticked off Triumph owners when Porsche later came out with the Targa top and claimed it as the first of its kind.
Not sure how I got "A" out of "C", oh well.

The Surrey Top does seem to be quite rare, but I guess that is to be expected as it was a low volume option for a low volume car. Mine needs some work that I am a bit worried about doing. The rubber seal around the back light is badly decomposed. I have a replacement but hate the thought of cracking what is certainly an irreplaceable piece of glass. I have never had a soft top for it, and the removable hard top section is too big to fit in the boot, so I made several week-long trips in it with no top and no option to put it up!

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Not sure how I got "A" out of "C", oh well.

The Surrey Top does seem to be quite rare, but I guess that is to be expected as it was a low volume option for a low volume car. Mine needs some work that I am a bit worried about doing. The rubber seal around the back light is badly decomposed. I have a replacement but hate the thought of cracking what is certainly an irreplaceable piece of glass. I have never had a soft top for it, and the removable hard top section is too big to fit in the boot, so I made several week-long trips in it with no top and no option to put it up!
Shades of the Solstice coupe!

Can you buy a soft top to replace the hard panel? They had them for the TR4s and they should still be available.

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I probably can, and will look for one when I get back into the restoration project.
If all else fails I have a folding top frame and can use the front bow from it to make one.
Those trips were made when I was just out of school and the TR was my only car.

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Eiff, I am cheering for you and that beauty! I've loved the looks of is since they trotted it out on the Auto Show circuit a couple of years back. I saw Clarkson drive one on Top Gear - and I still want one. It is certainly a car that I would consider buying. When/If my "urban mansion" sells at some point, the 4C will be within reach and it will certainly be a consideration.

This is yet another reason I love forums. I get to feel great about other folks' purchases and cool works. Does this car have you saying "What Sky?" or is that car still in your heart?

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Took a look at new prices on the 4C. Optioned the way I'd want to buy one, it was ~$78K CAN or $67K US for the coupe (which considering the currency exchange rate means we get a deal up here).

When you consider that the Porsche Cayman GT4 I was seriously looking at was going for c. $140K (Can - by profiteering dealers after production had stopped, but I think US list was in the 90K range) the Alfa is pretty good bang for the buck.

What else is there out there that I'd be interested in (Evora at $91K US?) - not much. I'd probably buy an original NSX (50-70K Can.) which I've always had a hankering for even though they could use a tad more power (which I could arrange.....

Sad that there are always so few sports cars available.

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