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Alfa Romeo Spider: Buying guide and review (1966-1993)

Alfa Romeo Spider: Buying guide and review (1966-1993) Classic and Performance Car
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Looks aren’t everything, but they sure do help. Take, for example, the Alfa Romeo Spider. From every angle it dropped jaws, and still does today – especially when in the right guise in good condition. A starring role in the iconic 1967 movie, The Graduate, made this stylish roadster an international star. 
 
When it came along in 1966 it epitomized the stylish fun-loving decade it was born in; those rounded body panels, that intricate grill, that subtle-yet-stunning rear end. By the point it met its maker in 1993, the Spider made use of electronic fuel injection and larger painted plastic bumpers, but it still managed to look and drive with all the charm of the original. As the years go by, the Alfa Spider continues to look gorgeous and drive in a thrilling manner. Buy the right example, and you could be enjoying some fairly trouble-free top down motoring, but you will soon regret sinking your cash into a bad example. Here’s what you need to know.
 
Which one to buy? 
 
It’s always wise to choose a classic car that comes complete with a good history, but with any Spider it’s paramount. You should not be afraid to inspect and sample a number of different cars before you make any decisions. There are many rough or poorly restored examples on the market, and the more you inspect, the better your idea of what you’re looking at. 
 
The oldest cars are most desirable, meaning it’s the boat-tail 1600 Duetto Spider – as seen in The Graduate – that is generally the most expensive. Generally speaking, the later the cars offer a better driving experience, as well as a simpler ownership experience. Many have larger more powerful engines, as well as suspension tweaks. If you’re looking for a classic that can be enjoyed regularly, then you shouldn’t shy away from these upgrades - if they’ve been carried out correctly. 
 
As the years went by, and the engine capacity increased, so did the Spider’s weight. There’s no disguising the added weight of the later cars, however power also increased throughout the years. Many reckon the early 1750cc cars are perhaps the best compromise. 
 
Performance and specs
 
Engine 1570cc, four-cylinder
Power 91bhp @ 6200rpm
Torque 80lb ft
Top speed 106mph
0-60mph 11.8sec
Gearbox Five-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2250mm
Length 4255mm
Width 1626mm
Height 1295mm
Kerb weight 1038kg
 
Common problems 
 
• The Spider’s biggest problem is rust, and it is not an easy model to restore properly or inexpensively. The Spider’s lack of any corrosion protection from new means signs of rot on the car will have come from the inside out. By the time it’s visible it’ll be much worse underneath, so it’s normal for three-quarters of the cost of a Spider restoration to be on the bodywork.
 
• One of the first areas to rot is the crossmember under the radiator – on Kamm-tail cars there are two plates which are fitted on either side of the radiator. They meet the lower panel where water gets trapped, eventually rotting through.
 
• Also badly affected are the rear of the sills, the wheelarches (especially the back ones, which are double-skinned) and floorpans. The seams where the front valance meets the wings also harbour rust.
 
• The lower half of each rear wing will have seen better days, due to a blocked drainage pipe which runs from the hood scuttle to an outlet in the chassis. Although the area may look presentable, there’s a good chance it’s been patched and is not as solid as it appears.
 
• If the car isn’t given a good thrashing regularly, the Spider is likely to ‘oil’ its spark plugs. These engines are highly strung thoroughbreds, and while generally reliable, they definitely need regular maintenance to stay at their best. Any proof of this is a good sign that the car has been used correctly. 
 
• Neglect is not good however, and you should always check for signs of head gasket failure, which includes a mayonnaise-like substance in the oil cap (indicating oil and water mixing) with 
 
• All but a few late US-market cars came fitted with a five-speed manual transmission, which should be quiet and smooth in operation. Don’t worry about a bit of stiffness when the ‘box is cold, but any crunching going into second is a bad sign, meaning that the synchromesh is worn.
 
• A low-slung sump is vulnerable underneath the car, particularly when parking. 
 
• Leather upholstery is prone to split along the seams, but most will have been re-trimmed by now. Watch for low-quality leather or cars needing a full re-trim – this will cost a significant amount.
 
Model history 
 
1966: Alfa Romeo unveils its all-new Spider, unofficially tagged the Duetto. The first Spiders (badged 1600) have a 1570cc engine and two twin-choke Webers to give 109bhp, 103lb ft and 111mph.

1968:
The 1750 Spider debuts at the 1968 Brussels motor show, still with a boat-tail; its 1779cc engine is reckoned to be the finest incarnation of Alfa’s twin-cam powerplant, with 118bhp and 127lb ft giving 116mph. Changes include an alternator instead of a dynamo, a brake servo as standard and suspension tweaks. Harsh Italian tax laws also lead to the introduction of a 1290cc Spider Junior, aimed at the home market – RHD cars are rare. 89bhp equates to a 110mph top speed, but three-quarters of the cost of a 1.8-litre car ensures strong sales.

1970:
The Duetto bodystyle is superseded by the Kamm-tailed version, still with the 1779cc engine. It is six inches shorter than its predecessor, and its revised dashboard has cowled instruments in place of the original ones set in a flat dash.

1971:
The engine size is increased to 1962cc and the car becomes the 2000 Spider Veloce. A limited-slip diff is standard, and styling changes include a broader front grille, recessed door handles and modified sidelights.

1977:
Official UK imports of the Spider stop, but some cars aren’t actually sold until 1978. However, Spiders continue to be imported (including 1983-1989 Series 3 models) by companies such as Bell & Colvill.

1990:
Official imports resume, with LHD only. These Series 4 machines are structurally the same as 1970s models but with a heavily-restyled nose and tail. The interior is also spruced up and electronic fuel injection is installed along with variable valve timing. An official right-hand-drive conversion is £2200, taking the overall price to £18,550.

1993:
Production ceases, a year before the introduction of the all-new GTV-based front-wheel-drive Spider.
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.aroc-uk.com – Alfa Romeo Owners Club
• www.alfaowner.com – Alfa Romeo Forum
• www.alfaworkshop.co.uk – The Alfa Workshop
 
Summary and prices
 
The Spider is considered one of the most beautiful cars ever put into production, so it’s no wonder that prices are on the up. Concours-slaying boat-tail models can command up to £40,000 in today’s money, although less rounded examples can be picked up for just shy of £30,000. Average editions come in at £18,000, however are a big risk; peel away the bubbling bodywork and you’re likely to find rust, and a lot of it, revealing just why it’s over half the price of a well-looked after Spider. 
 
The series 2 Kamm tail models can be picked up for a little over half the price, meaning a mint example can sell for around £25,000. Pay between £7000-£15,000 for a reasonable example. As you might expect, it’s the series 3 and 4 cars that provide the best value for money. Even the best S4 models go for around £10,000, and S3 models even less. £7500 will get you a fine example, with rough runners starting from £3500.
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  • Alfa Romeo Spider pre-1970

    £38,500 £38,500

    The Alfa Giulietta Spider was introduced in 1955 and offered brisk performance of nearly 100 mph with its 1290cc Dual Overhead Cam Inline 4 cylinder engine, wrapped in a unibody chis weighing less than 1,900 pounds. They are fast, agile and today share the road at many vintage racing events with Porsche 356's of the era. In such events, the Alfa Giulietta can certainly hold its own.

    • Mileage: 130711 mi
    • Engine size: 1290
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  • ALFA ROMEO SPIDER JTDM Convertible Stunning Car Low Miles F.S.H 2008

    £9,995 £9,995

    ALFA ROMEO Spider JTDM Convertible Stunning Car Low Miles F.S.H finished in Red (Manual), 34,202 miles with black leather interior only 1 previous owner from new. this car comes complete with a full service history. Huge spec model, fitted with the beastly 2.4 turbo diesel 5 cylinder engine which delivers both power and fuel economy! Viewing is 100% recommended, Call us today!;;Only GBP 9,995 Or Finance Available, Apply on our website today!;;viewing is by appointment only, please call the mobile number shown at the top of our website to arrange a time, we welcome evening and weekend appointments. all our vehicles can be viewed indoors so viewing is no problem come rain or shine., ;;all our vehicles include a three month comprehensive in house warranty(details available upon request) nationwide warranties available at trade price!;;part exchange welcome, we can also settle any finance on your current vehicle.;;many finance options available whether your credit rating is good or bad, we will do our best to get you on the road!;;all major credit and debit cards accepted, (Credit card fees apply.);;5 days insurance available at cost, All our cars are HPI clear with certificate. Call us : 02392 861731 or 07794 358206

    • Mileage: 34202 mi
    • Engine size: 2.387
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  • 1989 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider

    £13,950 £13,950

    A lovely late Alfa Romeo Spider. This car has had 3 owners from new and for the greater part of its life it was owned by Alan Gibson, who was also the director of an Alfa Romeo dealership by the same name. It ran with his private registration and was maintained without expense spared as you might expect.

    • Year: 1989
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  • Alfa Romeo Spider

    £8,500 £8,500

    Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Full Leather, Xenon Headlamps, Cruise Control, Adjustable Steering Column, Power Steering, Traction Control, Trip Computer, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Power Hood, Push Button Start, CD Player, Radio, ABS, Multiple Airbags, Alarm, Central Locking, Locking Wheel Nuts, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Lumbar Adjustment, Front Fog Lamps, Colour Coded Body, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Finance Available, Part Exchange Available, Supplied with Warranty Alfa Romeo have a talent in producing beautiful looking cars and in 2007 when this edition of the Spider was released, they really did out do themselves. The Spider was launched with its coupe counterpart (the Brera) and the two siblings won a whole host of design and motoring awards. This particular model benefits from an excellent service record, it has been service at 3k, 8k, 15k, 24k, 32k, 45k, 54k, 70k and 84k.It has also only had 2 former keepers which is very low for a convertible sports car - this Alfa has obviously been extremely well maintained and cared for. It benefits from heated Leather Seats and Climate Control. With the Spring months nearly upon us, this little roadster will be sure to put a smile on any ones face.You can also reserve this car for 48 hours with a £150 refundable deposit. Good Credit, Poor Credit, No Credit? We work with lenders to get you the best rates. Click to our website and apply for finance with a decision within 60 seconds. Only RAC Approved Dealers offer RAC BuySure; a guarantee that all of our vehicles have been prepared to the RAC 82 point Approved Preparation Standard and come with: A Car Data Check, a minimum 3 months RAC Warranty, 12 months RAC Breakdown Cover and RAC Accident Care. Buy from us with confidence. Please check our website for Warranty options and why not try our Part Exchange Valuation tool?

    • Mileage: 82538 mi
    • Engine size: 2198
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  • 1992 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER S4 1600,dual fuel LPG/petrol.Just 2 owners.

    £10,995 £10,995

    1992 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER S4 1600,dual fuel LPG/petrol.Just 2 owners. Excellent,Alfa Romeo Spider S4,in rare Alfa Yellow with contrasting black interior.A 2 owner car which has recently had an LPG fuel system fitted to run alongside the standard petrol.So you can enjoy classic,open top motoring for half the fuel costs! In rust free condition,with excellent interior and an excellent drive. More details and pictures to follow shortly.

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  • Alfa Romeo Spider

    £16,950 £16,950

    Variant name:JTDM ,Derivative:MK6 (939) ,Variant: 2.4 JTDM 2007 (57) Specification Includes 17” Alloy Wheels with Red Brake Calipers, Cruise Control, Rear Parking Sensors, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD), Electric Windows, Power Hood, Remote Central Locking and Security System. FULL ALFA ROMEO MAIN DEALER SERVICE HISTORY.* NEVER DRIVEN IN THE WET & ALWAYS GARAGED FROM NEW*

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 24663 mi
    • Engine size: 2.4
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  • 333 - 1975 Morgan 4/4 Sports

    POA POA

    The Morgan Plus 4 was the Morgan Motor Company's first car with four wheels, introduced in 1936 following the end of production of the famed three wheeled motorcycle engine models. Its model designation '4/4' stood for four wheels and four cylinders. Apart from a break during World War II (and the period March 1951 to September 1955), the 4/4 has been in continuous production from its debut right up to the present day and its engine capacity has increased from the 1122cc Coventry Climax engine in 1936 to a 1.8 litre Ford engine by 2004. Always a popular choice for sports car enthusiasts across the globe, the combination of the typically British 1930's styling with its flowing wings, modern performance and reliability have ensured the Morgan is as popular today as it ever has been. Declared new in April 1975, this example still has the original Morgan delivery label detailing the extras specified including disc wheels, rear bumper, reclining & folding seats and seat belts. Originally delivered to Otley in Yorkshire, it was then maintained by Morgan specialists, Colin Musgrove & Associates. In 1993, it had a full chassis replacement (shot-blasted and etch-primed) by Chassis Build wit

    • Year: 2016
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  • 217 - 1975 Alfa Romeo Montreal

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    It is important to understand how the Alfa Romeo Montreal came about as its design and power plant are something to behold. Montreal, Canada, the setting for the 1967 World's Fair; the International and Universal Exposition or 'Expo 67' as it was known, Alfa Romeo was asked to provide an exhibit that would be representative of the automotive industry. The result was a fabulous prototype designed by Marcello Gandini of the Bertone styling house and named Montreal in honour of the event. The 105 series chassis and components were used as a basis, designed with ease of future production in mind. When the first production model was revealed in 1970, the styling was virtually identical to the World's Fair prototype but the biggest surprise was the power plant under the bonnet. Alfa Romeo used a detuned Type 33 racing V8 engine of 2,589cc capacity which produced over 200bhp coupled to a ZF five-speed gearbox and modified 105 series rear axle were incorporated to good effect. This is a very rare righthand drive Montreal, only 180 were manufactured in this format out of a total production run of 3,917. According to the DVLA records , 57 cars are still in the UK although it is known the maj

    • Year: 2016
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  • 209 - 1975 Laverda 1200 Mirage

    POA POA

    Purchased by the vendor in 2009 and immediately forming part of his collection, this Laverda has been used very little in the last six years. The three cylinder 1116cc engine, we are advised, runs well with no known faults; the bigger, less stressed engine capable of delivering comparable performance was what differentiated the Mirage from Laverda's original super-sports triple, the 1,000cc Jota. Supplied with a V5C registration document, this is a typically handsome Italian motorcycle, Laverdas are generally expensive but are considered good value in terms of their macho individuality which attracts a enthusiastic partisan following.

    • Year: 2016
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  • 192 - 1975 Rolls-Royce Shadow I

    POA POA

    The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was a luxury saloon car built from 1965 until 1980 and was the first Rolls-Royce to be constructed using a monocoque chassis and, to date, has the largest production volume of any Rolls-Royce. The original Shadow was 3½" narrower and shorter than the Silver Cloud which it replaced, but managed to offer increased passenger and luggage space thanks to more efficient packaging made possible by its construction. Aside from a more modern appearance and construction, the Silver Shadow introduced many new features such as disc brakes instead of drum brakes and independent rear suspension rather than the ageing live axle design of previous cars. The superb ride quality achieved in the Shadow was thanks to the innovative high-pressure hydraulic system with dual-circuit braking and hydraulic self-levelling suspension. This Rolls-Royce is a beautiful example with exceptionally low mileage. The car was in dry storage in Scotland from 1984 until 2007 reflecting its mileage, after which, she was re-commissioned including the fitment of a Harvey Bailey suspension system greatly improving the handling and comfort. In recent times, the car has been serviced and maintai

    • Year: 2016
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  • Alfa Romeo Spider 2.2 JTS Limited Edition 2dr

    £11,950 £11,950

    CHIACCO WHITE WITH ITALIAN FRAU NATURAL TAN LEATHER, Power convertible roof, 19 inch graphite alloy wheels, Hoop roll bars with aerodynamic cowls, Clear wind deflectors, electric heated power seats with power lumber support, Alfa Blue and me media with voice command, cruise control, 6 speed manual gear box, electric windows, electric power fold mirrors, Multi function steering wheel. on board trip computer, Front driving lights and spot lights, Rear cubby box storage, This stylish Alfa convertible has the benefit of full service history mostly main dealer, last done at 35705 by Alfa specialist, this Alfa is the limited edition with the desirable Italian tan Frau leather. road tax on this vehicle is only £295 for this performance convertible. Classic Marques have been in Harrogate for over 20 years supplying quality handpicked cars, expertly sourced through our buying department, who have over 100 years experience between them. We do not generate automatic car valuations or finance quotes which you may receive from third party advertising companies imposed on you whilst viewing our cars. Above or below market values automatically produced by these sites do not reflect specifications

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 39245 mi
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  • Alfa Romeo Spider

    £11,950 £11,950

    Air Conditioning, Full Leather, Traction Control, Power Steering, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Power Hood, CD Player, Radio, Bose, Multiple Airbags, ABS, Remote Central Locking, Metallic Paintwork, Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, Xenon Headlamps, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Alloy wheels, 4x4, Full service history RARE 3.2 SPIDER WITH FULL LEATHER, BOSE & AMP, BLUE & ME, VISIBILITY PACK. FINISHED IN MONTECARLO BLUE METALLIC. DEMO + 1 LADY OWNER WITH 4 SERVICE STAMPS PLUS INVOICES., THIS VEHICLE IS SUPPLIED WITH A NEW 12 MONTH MOT, PRE DELIVERY INSPECTION, WARRANTY, AND 12 MONTHS FREE AA BREAKDOWN COVER OR AN UPGRADE IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY A MEMBER. GREAT FINANCE PACKAGES INCLUDING LOW CREDIT SCORE AND ZERO DEPOSIT - USUALLY A DECISION IN MINUTES. PAY NOTHING FOR THE FIRST 2 MONTHS. DEBIT/CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED. FAMILY RUN BUSINESS ESTABLISHED FOR OVER 20 YEARS. FREE LOCAL TRAIN STATION PICK UP AND NATIONAL DELIVERY AVAILABLE. CHECK OUT OUR INDEPENDENTLY COLLECTED FEEDBACK - OVER 400 GREAT REVIEWS.

    • Mileage: 45000 mi
    • Engine size: 3195
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  • Alfa Romeo Spider

    £5,895 £5,895

    Immobiliser, Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Air Conditioning, Electric Windows, Trip Computer, CD Player, Isofix, Alloy wheels 16'' ALLOY WHEELS, FRONT FOG LIGHTS, BLUE AND ME HANDSFREE BLUETOOTH, AIR CONDITIONING, ELECTRIC WINDOWS, USB, CD PLAYER, MULTIFUNCTION STEERING WHEEL, ELECTRIC WINDOWS WITH ONE TOUCH FUNCTION, BLACK CLOTH SEATS, REMOTE CENTRAL LOCKING, POWER ASSISTED STEERING, LEATHER STEERING WHEEL, ISOFIX, DRIVER/PASSENGER AIRBAGS, AM/FM RADIO, CARBON FIBRE EFFECT DASH, WINDOWS MOBILE, HEATED REAR WINDSCREEN, REAR WIPER, VANITY MIRROR, DRINKS HOLDERS, TRIP COMPUTER, STOP/START BUTTON, ALARM, IMMOBILISER

    • Mileage: 40000 mi
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  • Alfa Romeo Spider 2000; 1977

    €9,500(£8,225.10) €9,500(£8,225.10)

    USA, converted to carburetors, euro bumpers, perfect body! Price: 9,500 euro 1979 AR Spider 2000 Price: 12,500 euro 1981 AR Spider 2000 73,000 km Price: on request 1981 AR Spider 2000 Price: 7,750 euro

    • Year: 2000
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  • Alfa Romeo Spider 2000; 1981

    €7,750(£6,709.95) €7,750(£6,709.95)

    Rustfree ex California car, dutch title, new convertible top. Comes out off long term storage, interior needs some attention. Price: 7,750 euro 1977 AR Spider 2000 Price: 9,500 euro 1979 AR Spider 2000 Price: 12,500 euro 1981 AR Spider 2000 73,000 km Price: on request

    • Year: 2000
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  • Alfa Romeo Spider 2000; 1979

    €12,500(£10,822.50) €12,500(£10,822.50)

    Ex California modified to Euro specifications. Absolute sound body shell with beautiful leather interior. Fresh 2000 euro mechanics, a joy to drive. Price: 12,500 euro 1977 AR Spider 2000 Price: 9,500 euro 1981 AR Spider 2000 73,000 km Price: on request 1981 AR Spider 2000 Price: 7,750 euro

    • Year: 2000
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  • Alfa Romeo Spider 2.0; 1993

    €9,750(£8,441.55) €9,750(£8,441.55)

    60,000 km Final edition Spider of the highest quality "Rosso Alfa con interno Pelle nero" Alfa Rosso with black leather interior. 10 Years ago imported from the south with 30.000 km, and in the hands of the second owner to 60.000 km. Yearly inspected by us, convertible top replaced 1 year ago. Price: On request 1990 AR Spider 2.0 120,000 km Price: on request 1993 AR Spider 2.0 117,000 km Price: 9,750 euro

    • Year: 1993
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