Classifind Cut: 1980 Alfa Romeo Spider – CL Scam?

May 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Sports Car Saturday

June 12, 2021 Update – When the seller provided an updated listing with new pictures, the photographs were clearly taken at the same spot where a Jaguar XJS scam lingered for over one year. Given the fact this car has been listed since January, we’ve decided to simply pull it down rather than have someone lured into what could be a scam,

May 8, 2021 Update – The seller just posted an updated listing for their black Alfa Romeo S2 spider. The price, description, and pictures all remain the same.

March 31, 2021 Update – Three months have gone by and we just confirmed a new listing for this Tuxedo black Alfa S2 Spider we’ve been following since January. The seller refuses to budge thus far on their asking price of $9,500.

March 7, 2021 Update – With another month gone by, we just came across the latest new listing for this Alfa Spider. The description, pictures, and asking price all remain the same.

February 3, 2021 Update – We just came across a new listing for this Alfa Romeo we first featured in January. The price, pictures, and description were all carried over from the original post, however, this time the seller provides a phone number in lieu of the standard email reply link.

Four model years after launching its original Series 1 Spider Veloce, Alfa Romeo launched the Series II in 1970 by revising the original car’s distinctive elongated round tail with a more conventional-for-the-period Kamm tail to improve luggage space.  Numerous other small changes took place both inside and out, such as a slightly different grille, new door handles, a more raked windscreen, top-hinged pedals, and improved interior trim.  Series II cars also came with a larger 1,962 cc, inline four-cylinder engine, so Alfa Romeo called these editions the 2000 Spider Veloce. Alfa Spiders remained relatively unchanged, save for interior and color choices, through the 1982 model year. An all-black 1980 example originally listed in Janaury 2021 on Craigslist in Upper Montclair, New Jersey with an asking price of $9,500.  Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Alfa priced $300 less than this guide’s #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $9,800.  Interestingly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool provides a different assessment as in this case the asking price falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $6,650 and its #2 ‘Very Good” appraisal of $10,075.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1980 Spider. This fine example looks immaculate in Enzo’s Tuxedo Black!

• 52,000 original miles.
• 29mpg with ez start SPICA fuel injection.
• $1000 of upgraded Alfa tires and alloy rims.
• New brakes
• New $1000 black soft top
• 2 litre twin cam Alfa injection (125bhp)
• Black leather interior
• No rust
• Sport exhaust
• 5 Speed transmission

The best year – with the Lambo’ inspired pod gauges. One of the most beautiful sports car interiors ever designed. Nice thin bumpers before they switched to the big ugly ones in 1982.

Sounds amazing. Cash only. Available in Montclair NJ.”

Show or go: what would you do with this Tuxedo Black Alfa Spider?  Comment below and let us know!


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