1983 Alfa Romeo Spider

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The Alfa Romeo Spider is an inexpensive way to get into an Italian exotic
The Alfa Romeo Spider is an inexpensive way to get into an Italian exotic

Italian sports cars have an allure like no others in the world. They combine striking styling, exotic mechanicals, a driving experience unparalleled by cars from Germany, England or the United States, and a storied history made up of scores of racing victories by some of the most famous drivers in the world. Quite simply, Italian sports cars have souls.

This Spider has a recent new convertible top, the seller says
This Spider has a recent new convertible top, the seller says

These traits that make Italian cars so special also make them some of the most expensive cars in the world. This is bad news for those of us in the lower tax brackets, but there is a solution if you have always wanted an Italian sports car but only have several thousands of dollars to spend: the Alfa Romeo Spider.

The Pick of the Day is a 1983 Alfa Romeo Spider in a very attractive and somewhat rare Aqua Blue Metallic paint and seems to be a well-kept and maintained car. According to the Ontario, California, seller in the ClassicCars.com listing, the Alfa has received new paint in the original color, a new top, fuel tank, brakes, tires, water pump, thermostat and hoses.

With all these things attended to, this car would make a terrific classic Italian sports car to drive all summer, especially for the asking price of $11,995.

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The interior shows the Italian attention to stylish design
The interior shows the Italian attention to stylish design

Up until a few years ago, an Alfa Spider could be bought for as little as $3,500, but in the past year, prices have been on the rise. The earliest roundtail or Duetto models now can cost as much as $75,000, but happily you can still buy nice examples of the later versions for as little as $10,000.

Sure, the Alfa Spider has only a 4-cylinder engine but it’s an all-aluminum engine with twin overhead cams that loves to rev. This roadster practically defines the concept of fun to drive. Alfa Romeo also has one of the longest racing histories of any marque. Combine all that with styling by legendary designer Pininfarina and what you have is a small-bore Italian exotic at a reasonable price.

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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  1. Biggest bargain in fun to drive classics, if you are or know someone who can do the necessary work. Which isn’t a lot, but needs to be done and done right.

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