The Alfa Romeo Spider had one of the longest running product lifespans of any sports car. Introduced in 1966 as the Duetto, it was immortalized by Dustin Hoffman, who drove it in the movie The Graduate.
As time passed, the car lost much of its stunning looks while struggling to comply with federal crash regulations, such as receiving larger and uglier non-integrated bumpers to comply with federal rules.
Then in 1991, Alfa Romeo did something both amazing and surprising, finally giving the aging Spider the complete redesign that it desperately needed. Finally, the beautiful car was back and almost as stunning as the original.
Its redesign is one of the best I have ever seen on a vintage car, and definitely the best for a vintage roadster, amazing considering that the car was slated to end its production only a few years later.
The Pick of the Day is one of these last-edition roadsters, a 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce, said to be a rust-free example with 55,000 verified original miles,
According to the Stratford, Connecticut, dealer advertising the Alfa on ClassicCars.com, the Spider’s red paint is original, the interior is in very-good condition and it has a new tan top. The car is fully optioned with air conditioning and power features.
The car runs and drives like new, the ad says, and it appears to have been professionally serviced all of its life, as it retains complete service history and the original dealer bill of sale.
These cars are fantastic alternatives to older vintage cars, providing its occupants with all the feel of a classic car with the benefits of a more modern vehicle, including electronic fuel injection and AC that actually works.
These Alfa Spiders have been undervalued for a long time, which has always baffled me. They are the easiest Italian cars to own and deal with, and they make a perfect car for the person buying his or her first classic. On the other end of the spectrum, they also are ideal for an older person who still wants to enjoy a classic car without a lot of hassle.
The asking price of this Spider is reasonable at $11,900, especially for a car that has a complete history from new. The pictures tell the story even better, depicting a car that looks like it needs nothing except a new owner.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day