Best Colors: 1992 Alfa Romeo Spider – Sold?
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August 4, 2022, Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “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.
The Alfa Romeo Spider is no stranger to these pages, but finding one in slightly unusual colors is more of a hat trick than you might think. It would seem buyers overwhelmingly chose their Spider in red or black in the late 1980s, so if you like your sports cars the color of lipstick, choices abound. But if you prefer to find a Spider in a slightly more offbeat shade, you’ll spend some time looking. This 1992 Alfa Romeo, originally listed in July 2022 on Craigslist in Gainesville, Florida, wore sharp Verde Inglese paint and sold quickly with an asking price of $20,500. Comparing that price against the model guide page here on Classic.com indicates the seller is placing a premium on the color scheme as that ask outpaces the average sale price of $14,917 by a fair amount:
If you are serious about buying this rare, green Spider, you can start the conversation by emailing the seller here. When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their Alfa Romeo featured here on GuysWithRides.com.
How much emphasis do you place on the color scheme? I, personally, see the value for sure as a car that might otherwise get passed overtakes on much more relevance when it wears a paint job the factory produced in very small batches. If you’re looking to recoup your investment, rarer paint color is just as valuable (in most cases) as a desirable batch of options. Of course, if the paint isn’t original, this can change the desirability factor quite a bit. In the case of a model like the Alfa Romeo Spider, investing in a car with an unusual color makes a ton of sense to me, as you won’t see nearly as much interest when it comes time to sell if you drop another red one on the classifieds pages. This particular Spider is also worth a look given it’s one of the rarely-seen later production models with the updated styling on the rear end and the refreshed front bumper treatment. While the price is strong, it has a few different factors working in its favor.
The MotorWeek RetroReview Channel provides this vintage road test of the final generation of Alfa Spider:
That being said, the market for Alfa Romeo Spiders hasn’t exactly been hot at any point in recent memory. While I absolutely believe the seller should stick a high price on this particular model for the reasons listed above, it may be a hard sell to most drivers that appreciate the Spider. The Spider never achieved greatness for any one thing, aside from its role in a certain Dustin Hoffman film. The car itself wasn’t a hot rod and the handling was fine, but not exceptional. If you want a vintage car to be an absolute home run among collectors, it has to be a terrific driving car in addition to having the right options; personally, I’m not sure the Spider has ever been sought out for its driving dynamics. All that said, there is an Alfa Romeo collector out there who will appreciate this car’s features along with its striking interior. When that buyer comes, I’m guessing they won’t hesitate to strike a fair deal for an Alfa Romeo Spider that is likely fairly hard to repeat.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1992 Spider – Exceptional condition! Manual -5 spd. Verde Inglese (green) with Palomino (tan) interior. The exterior paint is without blemish! The interior is like new. The car drives like a new car – the transmission shifts perfectly. A/C blows cold! No accidents! Nardi wooden steering wheel and shift knob. New brake calipers and pads. Michelin tires. Fresh tune-up. Needs nothing. No rust – no excuses. Sorry NO TEXTS, must call for info and appointments.”
The value of color: does the rarity of this Alfa Romeo Spider’s paint code make it worth $20K?