At the moment, the Euro to UK pound exchange rate is very favourable. So there are some good Delta purchases to be made in European countries.
We recently bought a Lord blue Evo2 in the Netherlands, here's the story.
This Evo2 was on Autoscout, it looked attractive, and was a good price when converted to UK. So I made contact and a deal was agreed via email and some phone chats. The young gentleman selling was friendly, and knew his cars, we visited his premises in Holland to view the Evo.
The car was located at an ex-Alfa dealership paintshop, now used for classic car renovation and racing preparation. There were several lovely Alfas there, and some great old Alfa engines. The Evo was to be sold to fund the owner's latest project, a Ferrari Dino. The Dino has a metal body with a laminated floor bonded in before the car is painted, so the rot is really bad! All the floor will have to be removed, and this is really expensive, so his Evo had to go.
The Evo looked nice, it had been repainted here and there, but looked ok. It started ok and stayed cool, oil pressure good and it boosted well.
The only real problem was the ignition light stayed on, and glowed brighter with the revs, I assumed the alternator diode was faulty, but he said it had been that way for years, and had never let him down. Hmmm.
I later flew over to Amsterdam, then train to Utrecht. I've been to many interesting places on car buying missions, this was an interesting trip!
I paid for the car and set off for the ferry, the rain started and it went dark, but I couldn't use anything because the battery was going down.
I drove across Holland and made it, very early, to the ferry. I relaxed watching the trailer spotters spinning their trucks around.
Boarding time came, the car did start, I rolled down the passenger window to show my ticket, and of course it wouldn't go back up. On the ferry I only had the wheelbrace, so I pulled the door card out, stuck the bar under the window and lifted, the winder caught and the window closed. so I could lock the car, well I could if the tailgate key worked.
Night time on the ferry was noisy, and I was worried if the car would start in the morning, so I didn't sleep much! The car did start, and Hull traffic jams didn't cause overheating, the cruise over the M62 was fine and the sun shone.
Jim at NW Integrales told me he did the same trip once, with UK plates on the car, as I did, but his Dutch Delta blew up on the motorway, he waited on the shoulder for the AA man worried the police would come first! How would you explain a Dutch car on UK plates?
There were a few other niggles with the car, sorted out at home, which are mentioned on other pages. The alternator diode was indeed faulty, which is a cheap repair, but as you know the alternator is a bugger to remove!
I wish sellers would be more honest, you would still buy the car, but it would make life easier if you knew what to expect.