Disguised Dashboard: 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce – SOLD!

by | Apr 2022 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Sports Car Saturday

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April 24, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Vintage Alfa Spiders painted something other than red typically get the nod to be featured on GuysWithRides. Our latest find is this Midnight Blue over tan leather, 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce originally listed in April 2022 on Craigslist in Lockart, Texas (Austin) is our latest example. The seller’s description hints at many cosmetic updates as well as being up to date on maintenance.

Currently offered for $8,900, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Alfa priced below this guide’s #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $10,300.  Similarly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask is two hundred dollars higher than this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $8,700.

Alfa Romeo produced the two-seat, front-engine, rear-drive Spider sports car for nearly thirty years from 1966 to 1994 in four distinct series. The Spider featured here is a Series 3 example produced in the middle of the production from 1983 through 1990.  Minor changes occurred from 1986 to 89, including new paint colors, a center high mount stop lamp (CHMSL) midway through 1986 for North American models, a move away from the brown carpet, and new turn signal levers.

Power for all North American Spiders came from a 2.0 liter double overhead cam inline-four featuring Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection producing 126 brake horsepower at 5,400 RPM and 131 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 RPM. Power from this engine gets transferred to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission with a distinctive shifter that appears to protrude from the middle of the dashboard.

Here’s a rare commercial from the early 1990s from the U.S. for the Series 3 Spider line:

We always wonder what’s hiding underneath an aftermarket dashboard cover, especially in cars sourced from hot southern states. Judging by the condition of the seat leather, you’ll need to recover the dashboard as well.  Save all of that for next winter. For now, enjoy this 1986 Alfa Romeo before the weather gets too hot as the example doesn’t feature A/C.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Beautiful 36-year-old classic Italian sportscar for sale! 1986 Midnight Blue Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce (means fast), 57,200 miles on the odometer, 2.0L double cam inline-four engine with Bosch fuel injection, 5-speed synchromesh manual gearbox, 4 power disc brakes. Strong, smooth-running engine (21 mpg combined city/highway), 13.5 gallon gas tank, 6.8 quarts oil capacity, smooth up-shifting and downshifting, good brakes, excellent paint and body, power windows, good interior (leather seats have cracking). New battery, new tires, new spark plugs, fresh Castrol oil, new 27mm oil drain plug and washer (socket included), oversized Mobil 1 extended performance oil filter, 3 sets of keys (hard to duplicate old keys), full-size new spare and original jack, newish tonneau cover, new Alfa Romeo fender skirt, new shifter knob, new center console, new AR wheel center caps, new headlights, new fuses, new speedo cable (unopened, current speedo lags slightly), door panel repaired with new hardware, side mirror repaired with new set screws, windshield wiper leak repaired. Working radio/cd player/speakers. Factory specs: 119.8 cui, 115 hp, 119 lb-ft torque, 0-60 in 10 seconds; quarter-mile in 17.4 seconds; top speed 112 mph.”

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