Found nearly 20 years ago with no Alfa drivetrain left, this solid body Guilietta Spider was converted into a Hot Rod. Packing a punch from a Small Block Chevrolet, this Alfa is described as “somewhat unrefined, but scary fast”. Lacking all Italian components other than the body, this Alfa may be the most reliable yet. This Mad Italian could be yours for $15,000. Find it here on Hemmings out of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Beneath the monstrous cowl hood lies the 350 cubic inch Small Block Chevrolet V8 that looks absolutely mammoth sized in the Alfa. We aren’t exactly sure how the exhaust is routed, but it certainly must have been a labor of love to build. Also we are confident doing spark plugs are a semi-difficult task as well. Likely needing two shoe horns and some Crisco, this V8 is nicely fit into the engine bay. Despite its lack of room, the engine and bay are tidy. There does appear to be some minor surface rust forming on the firewall, and around the brake master cylinder area. Also there are a couple of cracks in the paint on the passenger side front edge of the hood opening. Tragically to us, this beastly Alfa transmits its power through an automatic transmission, versus a manual transmission. Either way, we are certain that this Alfa is a hand full!
Inside of this lovely little Italian is a clean and orderly interior. There is a custom oversized tunnel fitted, as well as a custom center console that is nicely laid out with its engine turned aluminum. The factory gauges are in poor condition and they appear nonoperational. There are some auxiliary gauges added to this Alfa in a very custom gauge pod. Personally we would ditch the current steering wheel for something a little classier, perhaps an original style wheel, or a vintage style aluminum wheel. The seats, door panels, and carpeting all look nice and are in good shape. Really very little stands out about the interior other than some minor dust that has collected on the dash, and on the custom gauges.
The deep metallic paint is certainly different for a Guilietta, but it has a sinister appeal. The paint and body work on this Alfa look solid, minus a couple of cracks around the hood area. The front bumpers are present with this car, but are described as “dilapidated”. The rear bumper is painted black, as are the side pipes, the tail light bezels, and the trim around the Alfa badge on the trunk lid. The door handles, the trunk hinges, and the tear drop grill are still chromed. Also we would promptly remove the “custom” wheels for something a little more interesting and stately. After ditching the wheels we would try to tone down that massive hood scoop as well. We would opt for a smaller scoop that resembled a 1960’s Ferrari scoop, being a more appropriate fit for this Guilietta. A little rough around the edges, and certainly different, would you let this Mad Italian follow you home?