1985 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER VELOCE
Coachwork by Pininfarina
1,962cc DOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Bosch L-Jetronic Fuel Injection
115bhp at 5,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension, Live Rear Axle with Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Alfa's long-lived classic Spider
*Fewer than 40,000 miles on the odometer
*Two owners from new
*Attractive triple black color scheme
*Outstanding original condition throughout
THE ALFA ROMEO SPIDER
The Italian co-star Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft had in the 1967 film The Graduate, a sleek red Alfa Romeo 'Duetto' Spider, brought the great marque to the attention of millions who had never heard the name before. It also set a new expectation for stylish, fun open-top driving, with a level of sophistication that artfully slotted in somewhere between Fiat and Ferrari.
Through a production run from 1966 until 1994, the evergreen Alfa Spider defined open air sporty motoring for decades. Steady development kept the Spider current through cycles of US emissions and safety requirements and Alfa Romeo found better ways to meet those demands as the years went on. A major advance was the arrival of Bosch electronic fuel injection in 1982, which allowed a measure of performance to return while meeting ever more stringent regulations.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
This largely original, exceptionally well-preserved Spider was sold new by Damerow Alfa Romeo of Beaverton, Oregon. The first owner, Edward Geer, lived in the upscale area of Parrett Mountain and cossetted the Spider for over 25 years, garaging and pampering his little convertible while enjoying it on the spectacular driving roads around the Portland, Oregon area.
Ordered in a dramatic triple black color scheme, it gives the impression of a much more expensive and exotic car while being eminently usable on a regular basis. When it passed into the hands of the current owner, only the second to register the Alfa, it had covered just over 38,000 miles and looked and ran like the gently used and well maintained original that it is. Only minimal signs of aging are visible on close inspection in the paint, while the leather trimmed interior shows minimal wear commensurate with the low indicated mileage.
Although it does not have the 'Spider Veloce' fender badges, the original window sticker and manuals which accompany the car clearly indicate its status. For fun per dollar per mile, few cars can equal the Alfa Spider. It's an enjoyable companion for long weekend drives or simply for making running Saturday errands feel a bit more like the Mille Miglia.