1985 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce 2017-06-08T09:54:47+00:00

Project Description

OVERVIEW

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourself living in a small coastal village in Italy. Now imagine walking out to your garage on a warm, summer day. What greets you is likely a small, two-door sports car. Something that looks good, sounds good, and oozes class. And given the tight, twisty roads, something lightweight and nimble would probably fit the bill better than some sort of fire-breathing, high-horsepower road rocket.

Now open your eyes.

You may not be standing in front of your garage at your beautiful Italian villa but that doesn’t mean you can’t still drive the perfect car: the Alfa Romeo Spider. Although you don’t have the coastal roads to enjoy, Lake Minnetonka makes a decent substitute on a warm, sunny day.

From the leather-trimmed driver’s seat, the funky shifter rises out of the dash towards you, making for an easy reach from the wood-rimmed steering wheel. In classic Italian fashion, the whole car feels well tailored around the driver. The small cockpit envelopes you, makes you feel like you’re one with the car. While the little Alfa may not please your inner speed demon, the 2.0-liter inline-4 feels zippy and vivacious. It needs to be coaxed a little to make the most of it, but the engine note is worth it if you’re willing to push the car a little bit. While the Spider’s chassis may not be the most rigid, it’s lightweight and communicative, as is the manual steering rack.

Driving the little Alfa is a visceral but rewarding experience. With the top down and the wind in your hair, it’s hard not to have a smile on your face.

OVERVIEW

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourself living in a small coastal village in Italy. Now imagine walking out to your garage on a warm, summer day. What greets you is likely a small, two-door sports car. Something that looks good, sounds good, and oozes class. And given the tight, twisty roads, something lightweight and nimble would probably fit the bill better than some sort of fire-breathing, high-horsepower road rocket.

Now open your eyes.

You may not be standing in front of your garage at your beautiful Italian villa but that doesn’t mean you can’t still drive the perfect car: the Alfa Romeo Spider. Although you don’t have the coastal roads to enjoy, Lake Minnetonka makes a decent substitute on a warm, sunny day.

From the leather-trimmed driver’s seat, the funky shifter rises out of the dash towards you, making for an easy reach from the wood-rimmed steering wheel. In classic Italian fashion, the whole car feels well tailored around the driver. The small cockpit envelopes you, makes you feel like you’re one with the car. While the little Alfa may not please your inner speed demon, the 2.0-liter inline-4 feels zippy and vivacious. It needs to be coaxed a little to make the most of it, but the engine note is worth it if you’re willing to push the car a little bit. While the Spider’s chassis may not be the most rigid, it’s lightweight and communicative, as is the manual steering rack.

Driving the little Alfa is a visceral but rewarding experience. With the top down and the wind in your hair, it’s hard not to have a smile on your face.

A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW

The Alfa Romeo Spider was introduced in 1966 and had originally been given the name “Duetto”, a reference to a “duet” in Italian, which fit the small, two-seater well. Designed by the famous Italian design house Pininfarina, the Duetto was a direct competitor to a number of British roadsters at the time such as the Lotus Elan and MGB.

In 1967, the Duetto was replaced renamed the “Spider Veloce” and the 1.6L engine was swapped out for a 1.8L unit instead. The Alfa Romeo also made a famous appearance in The Graduate with Dustin Hoffman behind the wheel.

In 1970, the Spider Veloce received a redesign that replaced the rounded tail of the car with a harder, more vertical edge at the back of the car that improved aerodynamics and luggage space. The Spider Veloce received a few other minor tweaks and updates to the grille, door handles, and interior trim over the next 12 years until it was replaced again in 1982.

The third generation Alfa Romeo Spider saw the introduction of a new electronic fuel-injected 2.0L engine as well as cosmetic tweaks like new rubber-edged bumpers and a trunk-mounted spoiler. Options included new 15-inch wheels and a removable hard top that offered a bit more practicality.

A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW

The Alfa Romeo Spider was introduced in 1966 and had originally been given the name “Duetto”, a reference to a “duet” in Italian, which fit the small, two-seater well. Designed by the famous Italian design house Pininfarina, the Duetto was a direct competitor to a number of British roadsters at the time such as the Lotus Elan and MGB.

In 1967, the Duetto was replaced renamed the “Spider Veloce” and the 1.6L engine was swapped out for a 1.8L unit instead. The Alfa Romeo also made a famous appearance in The Graduate with Dustin Hoffman behind the wheel.

In 1970, the Spider Veloce received a redesign that replaced the rounded tail of the car with a harder, more vertical edge at the back of the car that improved aerodynamics and luggage space. The Spider Veloce received a few other minor tweaks and updates to the grille, door handles, and interior trim over the next 12 years until it was replaced again in 1982.

The third generation Alfa Romeo Spider saw the introduction of a new electronic fuel-injected 2.0L engine as well as cosmetic tweaks like new rubber-edged bumpers and a trunk-mounted spoiler. Options included new 15-inch wheels and a removable hard top that offered a bit more practicality.

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