I have owned/operated Alfissimo for 20 years, alone and plan to keep it that way.
I started Alfissimo out of a love for cars, a need for a job and not wanting to pay inflated prices on parts or service from the dealers or parts suppliers in the US. I started this business in a rented garage in college with no money. I worked on no stock and just ordered parts when my customers needed them (JIT method). Since then, I have a massive stock, have gone through about 7 websites and actually I am making somewhat of a living.
I think I am close to where I want to be but not there yet. I am shifting gears again to add service and restoration work, along with tuning/styling.
I grew up in San Diego as well as Torrance CA. You could always catch my father and I in the garage working on his 1955 Austin Healey 100m BRG, 280 zx or whatever. In-fact tinkering with anything mechanical, to talking about car design, to architecture was what we did together. The Austin-Healey was the car got me hooked. Then the GTV6 came out and we drooled over it. In-fact my dad put a deposit on one. My father, a pioneer in the aerospace industry (General Dynamics/Convair 55'-97'), designing and building rockets from the Atlas to the Space shuttle, passed this engineering and car knowledge/sense (and loads of other random knowledge) to me.
Creating a masterpiece from a stock car, both aesthetically and mechanically is what drives me. I am bit of a perfectionist when it comes to styling a car. If you add too much it can ruin it, it's a sweet balance. I am very simplistic and original in my approach as long as it slightly varies from OEM but is not perfectly OEM. I am not a purist, I find that boring! One of my first cars was a VW MK1 Golf (GTI), what a car to learn on and a blast to drive (Giugiaro designed of course!). I did as much to that thing as possible to extract power, to improve handling and to make it look cool without calling too much attention from the police.
PARTS! OH YES, PARTS!
It's what I have been doing for so long. There is something exhilarating about supplying parts that I have found in the crevices of the earth. Supplying Alfa parts is a challenge and it's what gets me up in the mornings. If I can't find it then I am not doing my job.
I strive to provide only 100% Original Parts at all times or the highest quality after-market, Reproduction parts and accessories available. In the near future I am planning on more reproduction plastic/metal/rubber parts for 164, Milano/75, GTV6 and Giulia (105/115) to the new 952 Giulia.
What I offer in the client service area is a personalized and thoughtful approach.
The future for myself and Alfissimo is to stay small and specialized as I believe growing and offering everything for every car is not going to sustain a quality of service/selection that I want. I am growing in other ways, such as moving back to maintenance and restoration which I prefer to be doing. I am expanding in what I do and how I do it, it's a never ending learning process. I am never perfectly set in the way things are. Adapt or die is what they say!
We are moving back to Southern CA in Feb 2019 which will give me more of what I am looking for.
Please call or e-mail us anytime with technical questions or advice or ordering. I am here to help you with your Alfa needs. My goal is to keep your Alfa Romeo on the road and looking great for many years to come! This means I I go far and beyond to try to carry every part possible, rare, new or used for any Alfa Romeo.
If I do not have it, I will work hard to provide it to my clients!
Even if it takes a little time, I love the challenge...
Thanks for visiting,
hours & contact information:
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm (1700hr MST/USA)
TIME ZONE: (USA - Mountain Standard Time)
E-mail: Admin at Alfissimo DOT com
4777 35th Street, San Diego, CA 92116
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*(ATHENA, Lemforder, CTR group S.P.A, Original Berth S.P.A, Malo, Spesso, Rienz, Beru, Eibach, B+G, Koni, Bilstein, our custom reproduction parts and much more.)