Good Looker: ’74 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce
To those unfamiliar with Alfa Spider terminology, this is not a Duetto Spider. They do look vaguely similar except for a Kamnn-tail, different interior, no headlight covers and bigger bumpers. These more contemporary Spiders are mechanically fuel-injected using the diabolical SPICA system. Many give up on the SPICA and install a pair of Webers. We owned a similar vintage Spider and stayed with the SPICA and found it to be very reliable. The interesting thing about these Spiders is their valuation. You can buy a really nice one for less money than a similar vintage FIAT 124 Spider. We think the Alfa is the value proposition. Today’s find is actually a very desirable car because it is the last year for stainless front & rear bumpers. The bumper solution that followed is hideous. We don’t know the mechanical details other than the engine was rebuilt. Well that’s nice to know but you need a lot more information to judge this one. The second gear synchros are notoriously weak. Most of us live with the issue easily adapting shifting styles to suit the crankiness level of the gearbox on that particular day. The exterior looks great in red and the Panasports are a nice addition. The price at $8,500 is right in the ballpark for a decent example without any major crashes or rust issues. Click here for the listing.