Rare in Yellow: 1977 Alfa Romeo Spider

We just wrote about a similar Alfa Romeo Spider a few days ago, but it seems positively benign compared to this gorgeous 1977 model that wears eye-catching yellow paint. I believe the color is known as Giallo Pagoda paint, and it looks absolutely wonderful on a car like this. The Spider presents well with a black top and interior, which is a refreshing change of pace from the usual tans and browns. The seller doesn’t include much information, but does confirm that the indicated mileage of 20,060 is genuine. Find the Spider here on eBay with bids to $12,700 and the reserve unmet at the moment.

As I indicated on an earlier post, the Spider began losing some its visual charms with the transition away from the boattail design to a look that was slowly ugly-fied courtesy of gigantic U.S.-spec safety bumpers. The intervening years saw a gradual build-up of the bumper’s presence, so this 1977 model is still somewhere in between, with the bumpers clearly occupying more real estate but not taking over the entire fascia. The body work looks very tidy, and these cars of course attract rust like nobody’s business when left out in the elements. It’s good to see this one hasn’t been driven through the snow every winter for 30 years. These are OEM wheels, but I’ve never found them to be particularly attractive.

Inside, the seats appear to be in excellent shape, and the same goes for the carpeting and door panels. The iconic wood-rimmed steering wheel is also an original equipment piece that we like to see, but the Alfa logo on the horn pad is heavily faded. Replacing that relatively inexpensive part will liven up the cockpit significantly. The seller notes it has an aftermarket stereo, but doesn’t explain whether anything else has been previously replaced. Overall, the Alfa presents like a 20,000 mile example and aside from swapping back in an old-school radio, there’s not much I’d change here.

Timing belts and tensioners are important jobs to be done on an Alfa engine, and the seller doesn’t provide any indication as to how thick the maintenance folder is on this car. The ignition wires at least look fairly recent, and there’s no evidence of long-ignored leaks or seepage. The engine bay shows paint that mimics the age and condition of the rest of the car, so hopefully this is an indication that it’s never been repainted. The market for Spiders fluctuates quite a bit given supply is seemingly always high, but finding one in a rare color like this is a good way to ensure there will still be another buyer in a few years when it comes time to sell.


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  1. On and On On and On Member

    These are on my list. Gonna do one more car,

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  2. stevee

    It’s a timing chain, not belt. Tensioner service, if needed but not usual in a 20k miles car.

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    • John

      stevee, no timing belt for the cams, but the injection pump uses one as I recall.

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