- Months of preparation - photography, video production, writing (and more writing) - will it lead to a successful auction for this classic Alfa Romeo?

Finally! Auction Jitters as the Bring a Trailer Auction Begins

Will the hundreds of hours, eight videos, 327 photos and the DriveTribe audience make one bit of difference in the auction?

Looking back. it’s shocking to realize I spent nearly 200 hours over the past year working on my first BaT auction. I’d like to say that the coronavirus ‘lockdown’ had something to do with it, but I would have probably done the exact same thing without a global pandemic for inspiration.

Here's the LINK to the auction: bringatrailer.com/listing/1971-alfa-romeo-spider-15/

60 hours of detailing and freshening (there was blood)

60+ hours of video production (8 videos)

70 hours of photography (I learned, just not quickly)

8 hours on the listing write up (I did a few drafts)

I never quite got the hang of the photo gallery interface on BaT. I think you can upload your photos in the order you prefer, but ultimately BaT editors will conform the gallery to BaT style.

I never quite got the hang of the photo gallery interface on BaT. I think you can upload your photos in the order you prefer, but ultimately BaT editors will conform the gallery to BaT style.

Before the auction started, I worried that the comments section might be brutal. It’s not a perfect car. What if people tear it to shreds?!

I’ve offered the Bat audience plenty of visual evidence (see my previous articles BELOW where I describe taking thousands of photos and many hours of video). If I did my job correctly, every flaw is on display, for everyone to see. I’m also certain that there are plenty of flaws that I’ve never seen, but the one million strong BaT audience will surely find them. I just hope they don’t hammer each and every one.

I realize I have a queasy feeling in my stomach.

Driving north on Hwy 1, between Ventura and Santa Barbara. Sure, the 6 lane highway is up on the hill to the right, but where's the fun in that? I'll take the low road...

Driving north on Hwy 1, between Ventura and Santa Barbara. Sure, the 6 lane highway is up on the hill to the right, but where's the fun in that? I'll take the low road...

I've had seller’s remorse for months. EVERYONE, from the body shop guy, to my mechanic, my fellow Alfa club members, perfect strangers on the street, even my own family (especially my son) have told me NOT to sell the car.

“It’s part of the family! How could you sell it?!”

The answer is that I’m ready for something else. I’ve owned the car for nearly 30 years. I want to do something different - another project, perhaps. The 1984 Alfa Romeo GTV6 2.5 has been 'on the list’ for a long time – I’ve almost pulled the trigger on that car more than once.

I'm more a fan of Pininfarina than I am of Giugiaro, but there's something about this shape. And, it's got a top, and I bet I could paint it silver, or blue! Air conditioning would be nice. I hear the 2.5 liter version is the one to have.

I'm more a fan of Pininfarina than I am of Giugiaro, but there's something about this shape. And, it's got a top, and I bet I could paint it silver, or blue! Air conditioning would be nice. I hear the 2.5 liter version is the one to have.

Lately I've been thinking about the list of cars on my “Long List of Cars That I’ve Always Wanted to Own’. Could I buy them one at a time, keep them for just a year, or maybe even less and then move them on? I promise myself to only buy cars that look like they might benefit from some love. I’ll drive them while doing a sympathetic refresh and then find new, loving forever homes for each and every one. I know it’s a fantasy, but it’s a powerful one.

How do I know it’s a fantasy? The numbers for this auction tell the tale. I’m already ‘down’ $20k on the auction purely based on the hours I’ve racked up; not a great ROI story, LOL. What do they say about Millennials? “They buy experiences, not things.” Well, count this Boomer in – I wouldn’t trade the past few months for anything.

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Working on the car with my son (just don’t say the word “detailing” near him), meeting new people interested in the hobby, connecting with the previous owner and reliving the history of the car, diving deep into the culture that birthed both the marque and the model have all made the effort worth every penny that I didn’t earn while I worked on the car.

Below you can find links to all of the other articles and videos in the series. I will be very grateful if you give them a look and follow the auction! If you do follow the auction, and especially if you are bidding on the car, please comment! And, thank you!

Watch the 25-year reunion of car and owner on Highway 1 in California

Drive through the Gaviota tunnel at 5,000 rpm, just like Dustin Hoffman in "The Graduate"

Go behind the scenes of the video shoots for the BaT auction listing

Learn to shoot photos like a pro, with tips from a world famous car photographer

Should you shoot your own photos, or buy the BaT "Plus" listing?

Behind the scenes of preparing a classic car for auction

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Comments (25)

  • I love this car to bits. Not going to lie, my family can actually afford it but we live on another continent. Hope the buyer would really treasure him/her. Best of luck with the auction.

      4 months ago
  • Wishing you all the very best with the auction!

      4 months ago
    • Very kind of you, Ben! Thanks!

        4 months ago
    • Hey Ben - I’m concerned there isn’t more controversy in the auction comments! Can I count on you to stir things up a little, LOL???

        4 months ago
  • She's absolutely beautiful. I am certainly not one to sell cars as i get too attached, but somebody will be incredibly lucky to get ahold of those keys.

      4 months ago
    • Thanks Albert! I’m really excited for the new owner! After 30 years it will be sad to move on, but I’m really looking forward to my next project-I’ll write about it here on DT!

        4 months ago
    • I'm looking forward to seeing the new baby!

        4 months ago
  • For anyone who cares to 'click over' to the BaT auction, here's the listing: bringatrailer.com/listing/1971-alfa-romeo-spider-15/

    I'm really hoping the DT community shows up in DROVES to support the auction! Bids not necessary! Just check it out!

      4 months ago
  • Remember not to panic. The BaT auctions get their bids in the last day and often in the last hour.

      4 months ago
    • Good advice, Michael! I'm encouraged by the interest so far - three 'in-person' appointments to see the car in the next 24 hours!

        4 months ago
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