Lot 302 - 1989 Alfa Romeo Spider
|Odometer reading||76,964 miles|
|Result||Sold - £3,472|
The Alfa Romeo Spider was manufactured from 1966 to 1993 and is widely regarded as a design classic, remaining in production for almost three decades with only minor aesthetic and mechanical changes. The three first series were assembled by Pininfarina in Grugliasco and the fourth series in San Giorgio Canavese; this was the last rear wheel drive Alfa Romeo. The Series three Spider was previewed in North America for the 1982 model year with the introduction of 2.0 litre Bosch electronic fuel injection to replace the SPICA mechanical injection. The Spider underwent a major styling revamp in 1983 which saw the introduction of black rubber front and rear bumpers. The front bumper incorporated the grille and a small soft rubber spoiler was added to the boot lid. The change altered the exterior appearance of the car considerably and was not universally praised by enthusiasts. Various other minor mechanical and aesthetic modifications were also made and the 1600 car dropped the 'Junior' name. TheQuadrifoglio Verde(Green Fourleaf Clover) model was introduced in 1986 with many aesthetic tweaks, including side skirts, mirrors, new front and rear spoilers, hard rubber boot mounted spoilers, unique 15" alloys and optional removable hardtop. Different interior trim included blood red carpets and grey leather seats with red stitching. QV was offered in only 3 colours: red, silver and black. It was otherwise mechanically identical to the standard Spider Veloce model, with a 1962cc double overhead cam, four-cylinder engine (twin two-barrel carburettors and five-speed manual transmission.
This excellent righthand drive Alfa Romeo Spider was supplied new in the UK in July 1989 to Mr. M. Hilder in Buckinghamshire, two years later going up to the West Midlands. Purchased by the vendor in 2006, this car has been in dry storage ever since only coming out for the annual MoT test. Finished in Black with black interior and black roof this Alfa Romeo Spider is supplied with a V5C registration document, old MoT test certificates up to 2011, the handbook case with the original service book with last service stamped October 2000 and a file of invoices showing all the work carried out to the car prior to when the vendor purchased it in 2006. With the original already a screen icon, this current evolution will certainly become a design classic.
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.