Most desirable Spider Veloce. Beautiful condition, one repaint in original Arctic White, new interior, expertly serviced and maintained. Drives extremely well and delivers the full Italian driving experience on a budget.
Classic proportions with a long nose and short deck, scooped headlights, and a pointed snout all advertise that this is a sports car first and foremost. The styling has aged rather well and the late-cycle update (called the Series IV) designed to tie the Spider to the rest of the Alfa Romeo lineup brought it into the ‘90s in a very ‘90s fashion. For a little car, it’s rather handsome and practically defined the term “sports car.” With just 85,607 miles, this Spider has never been a daily driver and has enjoyed life as a fair-weather toy. The Series IV Spiders used more galvanized metal than their predecessors, which means much better rust protection, now and in the future. It was repainted a few years ago in its original Arctic White, one of the less common Spider colors, and it looks fantastic today. Experts will quickly spot the non-stock remote mirrors, but these look right and the originals are included with the car. It has also had the clunky third brake light removed, but that comes with the car, too.
The tan interior is a great choice for a car that’s going to spend time in the sun, and with expensive new leather and suede seat covers from Classic Alfa in England, it looks factory fresh. That shifter might look odd poking out of the dash like that, but it works just fine and feels natural when you’re moving through the gears. The driving position and controls are traditional Italian—a little long in the arm and a little confusing, but they all work well enough. As a top-of-the-line Veloce model, this car includes power windows, power steering, A/C, and an AM/FM/cassette stereo with upgraded speakers in the doors. The black canvas top appears to be original equipment and in excellent condition, and stows under a neat semi-rigid tonneau that gives it a sleek top-down profile. The enlarged tail section also improves trunk space, which is nicely upholstered in matching black carpets.
There’s something about the way an Italian engine sounds that makes the cars feel special. The 2.0 liter DOHC inline-4 in the Alfa Romeo dates back to the ‘60s, but with fuel injection, it’s a lot less finicky than you’d think. The cams actuate the intake and exhaust valves, respectively, so it’s an 8-valver, but it doesn’t mind revving a bit and has good-low-end punch. And there really is something about that finned cam cover that makes it special. These cars are surprisingly reliable and parts are plentiful, so it’s easy to keep it in top tune. You’ll note that this one has been carefully maintained and looks quite authentic under the hood, including factory decals and original-style hose clamps.
Underneath, you can see that this car has never seen winter weather and is completely stock. The 5-speed manual gearbox feeds the original rear end, which is a lovely aluminum casting with integral cooling fins on the cover and 4.10 gears inside, so it feels energetic on the road. The suspension is capable yet comfortable, and even with the live axle out back, it feels well-planted and eager to change direction, surely the result of decades of development. Power steering was standard, 4-wheel disc brakes are powerful for the car’s performance and weight, and there’s a lot of new equipment, including the exhaust system and fuel pump. 15-inch “phone dial” wheels were standard on the Veloce (14s were used on the base model) and they’re wrapped in 195/60/15 performance radials.
The Spider Veloce delivers the authentic Italian experience with a certain joyousness that the other cars just can’t match. The engine sings to redline, the suspension is capable yet supple, and there’s still nothing else like a cockpit created by Italians. And at this price, buying the best example of the breed is just plain smart. Call today!
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