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Welcome to Vintage Motors of Lyons

Front of the shop in Lyons

We sell, consign, purchase, and locate cars of interest for folks that appreciate them. We  always carry an eclectic selection of classics. Whether you are wanting that perfect  Sunday driver, a project car, or a higher end investment, we probably have a car that you will enjoy!

I have been passionate about cars since I was a kid in the '50's and '60's and bought my first car while in high school, which was a then 10 year old 1958 MGA. Since then I have enjoyed and nurtured many classics, both foreign and domestic. I decided to follow and share my passion for cars by creating a welcoming marketplace to not only sell cars, but open a place for everyone to come in and check out and talk cars, look at car books, magazines, posters, artwork, etc..

Our shop was originally built as a Texaco gas station in the 1940's and is conveniently located at the junction of the two highways leading to the Rocky Mountains just north west of Boulder. You won't miss us at the west end of Main Street.  Lyons is a fun, small town offering nationally known live music festivals and brewpub; shops and great fly fishing, kayaking, tubing, hiking, and mountain biking.  The South St. Vrain Canyon is among many great driving roads in the area.

The best part of this business has been all of the great people we meet. Thanks for visiting our site and I hope to meet you whenever you are in the area.

-- George Raffensperger

" I recently consigned my 1964 Porsche 356C to George with Vintage Motors and highly recommend him. Please contact me as to further
details. "

Bud Leonard

1964 Porsche 356C

Find out more about George and the shop by watching the video at Lyons TV.

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1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce – Sold


1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce For Sale

This driver quality Series 1 Spider runs and drives well.  Alfas were built to be driven and were ahead of their time with their aluminum twin overhead cam engines, mechanical fuel injection, 5 speed all synchro transmissions and 4 wheel disc brakes (before Porsche!).

It has but 25,300 original miles and is just one of 2,215 cars US version Spiders built in the final year of production for the roundtail Spiders (1966-69). This Spider is sold with a clear, actual mileage Colorado title.

Restore it as you like but drive it as is and have fun!  Alfissimo! Che bella macchina!







“If you wonder what the perfect definition of sports car driving would be, look no further than an early Alfa Spider. There you will find sports car driving nirvana.” Tim Suddard, Classic Motorsports


The Good:

Beautiful styling by Pininfarina. Certainly one of the best looking sports cars of all time with its distinctive round tail and graceful lines.

This car is a good driver; it starts, runs, drives, stops, shifts and handles well.

It comes with a newer Stay Fast cloth top; new rear muffler, exhaust and tail pipe; and the front suspension bushings have been replaced.

Both fuel filters, air filters, oil filter, oil and spark plugs were just changed.

Lights, signals, horn, wipers, gauges work (with the exception of the fuel gauge,; gauge tests OK, most likely sender; am looking into). New battery 6/20.

The dash top and  dash pad are in very good shape and the door panels are in good shape. Wood steering wheel. Alfa logo floor mats.

Low original miles; is not a modified car. Originally a red car (have documentation from Alfa Romeo, see photo below), so no color change.

As a member of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club for over 30 years, I have literature, brochures, manuals, etc. for the car. I have organized the receipts and records for the car into chronological order (going back to 1979) into a 3 ring binder. Parts availability is very good: Centerline, Classic Alfa, Alfaholics, etc.. Very good club (AROC) support and Alfa BB very helpful as well.

The Bad and the Ugly:

The Pirelli tires have good tread and hold air but are old enough that they should be replaced for safety’s sake and better handling.

The paint is average and presents a good shine. A good clay bar, buff and wax would really bring it out.  The body is straight, the front right parking/turn signal lamp housing is off kilter just a bit, the finish on the right side headlight rim and the left door handle is worn and there is a ding on the top half of the left door where it was allegedly hit by a falling paint can (!).

It’s got rust (I know shocking for a 53 year old Alfa roadster!). The tops of the rear wheel wheels are showing rust; the floors have rusted in spots and have been patched; the rear shelf fibre board panel behind the seats and beneath the rear shelf upholstery has deteriorated and the metal beneath it is rusted; the outer rockers are OK but there is rust on some of the chassis particularly on the front sections behind the front wheel wells and the front jack points need replaced; rust on the rear edge of the front nose clip and the spare wheel well underneath. The good news is that all the metal panels (front lower nose piece, floor pans, spare wheel well, wheel well surround sections), the jack points and the front chassis legs are readily available new and are not expensive.

The metal dash was crinked a bit where an aftermarket stereo (working) was installed. I suggest removing the stereo, straightening the edge of the opening  if needed and covering the opening with one of the available, handsome Pininfarina radio delete plates that were original to these cars. The inner glove box was cut by whoever put in the stereo; I have one from another model Spider that may be able to be fashioned to replace.

The drivers seat bottom upholstery is torn but there is a new, correct match replacement from Classic Alfa to come with the car.

All of the above can be seen in the photos below. Please let me know any questions. Thanks, George


Recent Stay Fast Cloth top in good shape.

Dash top and lower dash pad in good shape.


New driver’s side seat upholstery; other seat upholstery in good shape.








Leave it to Alfa to build a better cigarette lighter! One puts the cigarette into the hole and by then pressing down on the ring and it lights the cigarette while it is in the lighter! One of the factory promotional photos for the car shows the driver smoking of course! (after all it was 1969).


Working interior light beneath mirror.


Inside trunk with jack stowed.


12 gallon fuel tank, left rear trunk.


Right Front wheel.

Right rear wheel.

Left rear wheel.

Left front wheel.

# AR 1480594.




New straps on air box; filters changed.

Engine runs strong; very little weeping, no smoke, no weird noises, good oil pressure.

Underneath car, front to rear:










Original Owner’s Manual

Factory Origination Documentation

Original Sales Brochure; other Alfa brochures, workshop manual, etc. to come with car as well.


Engine: 1,779cc all aluminum dual overhead cam in-line four cylinder; Cylinder head: hemispherical combustion chamber with V-over-head valves activated by two overhead camshafts through cups running in oil bath, Sodium cooled exhaust valves.


Bore 80mm x Stroke 88.5mm,
Compression ratio 9.5:1, Horsepower 132@ 5,500 rpm, Torque 137 lb. ft. @ 2,800 rpm.                          Fuel System:Spica Mechanical Fuel Injection.
Transmission: Fully synchromesh five speed manual.                                                                                  Clutch: single plate dry disc with progressive action torque dampener, Diaphragm pressure plate, hydraulic controls.
Front Suspension: Independent A-arms, lower trailing links, coil springs, anti-roll bar, telescopic shocks.
Rear Suspension: Live axle, lower trailing radius arms, upper vee radius arm, coil springs, anti-roll bar, telescopic shocks.
Steering: Recirculating ball
Brakes: Four wheel disc, power assisted
Wheelbase: 88.6″
Track: Front 51.6″ Rear 50.0″
Tires: 165 x 14
Overall Length: 167.3″
Overall Width: 64.2″
Overall Height (Top Up): 50.8″
Dry Weight 2,115 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 12 gal.
0-60 MPH: 9.9 seconds
Top Speed: 118 MPH+