Lot 214 - 1975 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider (Series 2)
|Chassis Number||AR 2465833|
|Engine Number||AR 00515-004892|
|Odometer reading||103,000 km|
|Estimate||£4,000 - £6,000|
|Result||Sold - £5,390|
Based upon the Alfa Romeo 105 series platform, the first 105 series Alfa Romeo Spider was launched at the 1968 Geneva Motor Show. With a round tail these Alfa Spiders were first known as the Duetto and boasted a four cylinder, twin overhead cam 15700cc power unit. Later, round tail, Spiders were fitted with either the larger 1750cc or 1300 twin cam units. In 1970 the revised series two Spider was introduced. The revisions from the round tail version, made by Filipo Sapino of Pininfarina, included styling changes to the nose, lights, interior, windscreen rake and door handles amongst many others. The most significant change was to the rear whereby the replacement of the round tail with a squared off Kamm design, lost just over six inches off the overall length. Importantly, dual circuit brakes were now fitted. In 1971 the 2000 Spider Veloce was introduced in parallel with the 2000 GTV coupe which it outlived. Still with the twin cam four cylinder power unit this larger 2.0 litre Alfa found markets throughout the world and in particular, North America. The European cars were faster and more powerful than the emission choked North American equivalents; 132bhp and 116mph over 111 bhp and 104mph respectively. Production of these series two (Coda Tronca) cars ceased in 1982 with the introduction of the series three Spider.
On offer today is a European series two, 2000 Spider. Declared as first manufactured in 1975, this Spider was supplied to Germany in lefthand drive. The current owner's husband purchased the Spider in Germany during 1978 whereupon he immediately shipped it to Greece where he was employed at the time. There it was used until the owner brought the car into the UK in 1983 on his return. Since then, it has undergone some renovation works including an engine rebuild circa 1998 with the mileage at that time recorded in the region of 90,000kms. The body was renovated two years later in 2000 and was extensively rust proofed at the same time. Since then the gearbox has been overhauled with a new clutch and Michelin Energy Tyres fitted. Works carried out in the UK have been by a well known and respected Alfa Romeo specialist in London, as may be verified by an inspection of the history file from which it can also be proved that the car is a genuine three owner vehicle.
This Alfa Romeo, after being used as daily transport, is now offered due to the lack of use it now receives and also because with space at the owner's current residence at a premium, it is being stored outside under a professional car cover. It has only approximately 103,000kms recorded which equates to 64,000 miles. The panel shuts are an enthusiasts dream with the doors closing with a good clunk and without any undue effort, the sill panel seams and swages being correct and sharp. The gearbox is particularly good with smooth changes throughout even when cold. Reverse gear does not jump out on full release of the clutch whilst engaged as may be found on many examples. Presented with Blu Hollandaise (Dutch Blue) coachwork and complemented by red interior trim, it also benefits from the addition of the optional hard top as well as the fitted soft top which is in good order and with no apparent leaks. Registered on a UK V5 since 1983 we are assured that ELN 128Y will have an MoT test certificate by the time of sale.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.