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You either understand Alfa-Romeos or you don't. Cars like this 1984
Spider Veloce don't make a lot of sense to our rational minds, but
slide behind the wheel and it whispers seductively in fluent
Italian and suddenly you find yourself running it through the gears
just for the sheer joy of the sound and the feel of a machine
acting as your dance partner.
It also helps that it's good looking. Sportier than an MG and
undeniably Italian, this Alfa is the entry-level two-seater for the
guy who knows the real thing when he sees it. Every manufacturer
has built a two-seat roadster, it seems, but few can do it better
than the Italians. It starts with great bodywork, and the Spider
Veloce, which endured for decades virtually unchanged, shows off a
lot of flair in a compact package. The bright red paint is in good
condition with the usual signs of use, which is fitting on a car
that's designed to be a great dance partner, and you could really
wake it up with a proper buff. Panel fit is quite good given the
era and the hand-built nature of the car, and the shape works just
fine without the body add-ons that would come a few years later.
Simple, elegant, and extremely sporty, it shows off the little
things that the Italians do so well. Note the neat little
flush-fitting door handles, the exhaust pipe that's almost (but not
quite!) centered under the rear bumper, and, of course, that Alfa
grille standing proud up front, neatly integrated into the bumper
The special Italian touch extends to the interior, where even this
bargain-priced roadster gets handsome tan buckets that wear
correct-looking seat covers. A wood-rimmed wheel adds to the
interior's ambience, and while it looks pretty weird, that shifter
is intuitive and easy to use without any strangeness at all.
Functional Jaeger instruments in a pair of hoods jutting out of the
dash show off the simplicity that has long been a hallmark of
Italian automotive design, with the secondary instruments slightly
canted towards the driver. The ventilation system is typical
Italian, with controls that are hard to decipher, but that's really
all part of the charm in a car like this, although the A/C needs to
be serviced. There's also an AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit that
was installed many years ago and probably due for an upgrade today.
The trunk is actually well-shaped and spacious enough to hold
luggage for two, and a black canvas convertible top fits neatly and
can be stowed in seconds.
The rorty 2-liter engine sings to life with gusto and loves to rev,
and with a glorious sound from the single tailpipe out back, you'll
be looking for reasons to drop a gear or two and pin the throttle.
Aluminum cam covers are a traditional Alfa look, and the fuel
injection system has that instant throttle response that makes
these cars such a joy to drive. And contrary to what you may have
heard, these tough little Italian sports cars are actually reliable
and sturdy, perfect for having fun without the worries. Yes, it's a
little scruffy, but a weekend or two spent cleaning things up will
pay big dividends because it's all in good shape otherwise. The
5-speed manual gearbox snicks through the gears thanks to a silky
smooth clutch and the suspension has a great combination of control
and supple body movements, so the car is all-day comfortable.
Four-wheel discs live behind stylish 5-spoke alloys carrying
185/70/14 Goodyear radials.
Fun and stylish, this bargain-priced exotic is a great entry-level
Italian. Sure, it needs a little TLC, but for this price, you get a
genuine Alfa Romeo that gives you a real taste of pure sports car
magic. Call today!
Location:Lithia Springs, Georgia
- Interior Color:Tan
- Stock Number:4522-ATL