how'd I miss this thread?
RossoVeloce, I feel just a little bit responsible here, because I remember being a loud voice against the BiTurbos, and a loud voice FOR the Fiat Spider.
So it's kind of like me being Dr. Frankenstein, and you being the monster.... or... wait, that came out wrong.
I might be your best friend on this for awhile. I know these cars very, very well. I just recently dumped all but one of mine (I've owned a total of 12 over the years, and as many as 3 at a time) to make room (both in the garage and in the budget) for the imminent first-Ferrari purchase...
What part of the country are you in? Depending on what may be hidden with bondo, You did just fine for $600.
Yes, this is a Lampredi motor. It's a flat-plane crank as well, and makes some great sounds. It's no rocket-ship, but the motor can be built to 150hp without breaking the bank, which for a car that weighs south of 2000lbs can be a LOT of fun.
parts are readily available, for the most part. it's not a car you should think of as an investment. Even the most meticulously restored cars struggle to fetch more than $10k, with good, solid, reasonable "driver" condition cars selling for between $3500 & $5000 every day. so decide what you want to do with it and don't look back.
And let me know if I can help with knowledge, tips, or even parts.
I'm excited I'm finally going to get to help someone on this forum!
The car I kept is currently in the shop getting a new interior while I've got the motor on the stand getting a go-through. But here it is not too long ago.