Back in 1978, it was a really big thing when former Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda joined the Alfa Romeo F1 effort. So much so that 350 of this special edition of the venerable Alfa Spider were produced. Thanks go to Patrick S. for alerting us to this find, which is located in Sarasota, Florida and is advertised here on craigslist for $6,995.
Josh wrote up one of these previously back in 2014, but it was a much more neglected car. As you can see from the picture above, the car mimicked the color scheme of the Brabbham/Alfa car in the lower right corner. In case you don’t recognize him, that’s Niki on the fender.
Although this car has had four owners, one of them kept the car for 37 years and recorded all maintenance during that time; the records go with the car. Upon close examination the decals are a little bit deteriorated as you might expect, but the paint looks great (apart from a damaged area on the hood covered by the roundel) and the seller states it is rust-free. The car spent most of its time in Northern California, which probably accounts for at least part of the body condition.
The convertible top is in excellent shape as well. I’m wondering if that’s at least some paint oxidation on the trunk lid–what do you think?
You can see how the decals are showing their age in this shot. Replacement sets were available as of 2013 for almost $900. I’d be torn as to replacing them or living with what’s there.
The interior looks just as nice as the exterior. The seller chose not to include an engine picture, but has put a clutch in during the last year. These 2000 cc Spiders are said to have excellent engines, but I have heard mixed results regarding the fuel injection system. Do any of you have experience with this generation of Spider? Please share with the rest of us if you think this is a good buy!