Sometime in 2006 I got a call about a 1976 Alfa for sale. The owner new nothing about it other than it was driven down from Idaho when the water pump started leaking and the car was parked, the whole thing having happened several years prior. Asking price: $400.
I went to look at it and found a 1976 Alfetta GT. Complete with Russian steel, SPICA injection and all of the emissions bells and whistles. There was one problem I couldn't quite get past: I thought the engine was seized, despite the owner swearing up and down that it wasn't. I passed on the car.
A couple of months later, a friend of mine bought the car. Surprise surprise, the engine is seized. He still has the car rotting away somewhere