This 1985 Alfa Romeo Spider is a largely stock driver with approximately 20k miles on a rebuilt 2,000cc engine, replacement clutch and braking parts, and other mechanical refreshment. The car was sold new in Washington State according to a prior owner and came to California in about 2010, where it was acquired by a friend of the seller in Santa Barbara. The seller purchased it six years ago and proceeded to carry out the mechanical work and light cosmetic refreshment described below. This Series 3 Spider is now being offered at no reserve with some records, factory accessories, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.
Sheet metal was repainted in its original Alfa red in 2013 after attending to two small areas of damage, one of which was repaired via replacement of the driver’s door. The finish is described as driver quality and presents well from a distance but shows numerous small blisters from poor surface prep up close. Rockers and valances are shown in detail below, while small dents are noted in the nose and behind the driver’s door.
Five-spoke Campagnolo 14″ wheels are mounted with nine-year-old Bridgestone rubber that is said to show good tread, though a small area of sidewall damage is noted on the right front and shown below. The replacement black canvas convertible top is reported to house a clear rear window and to fit well without leaks. Sideview mirrors from a 1986 model have replaced the originals. The windshield is described as free of cracks but showing its age with small scratches and pitting.
Both seats have been recovered during the seller’s ownership and present well, while other aspects of the largely stock interior are showing their age including the passenger headrest and rear panel, door panel edges. Two cracks are noted in the forward section of the dash but are reportedly not visible from the seats. Trunk carpeting is lifted for a photo showing the state of the spare tire well beneath.
Most accessories are said to function as they should, including the power windows and mirrors, windshield wipers, ventilation fan, heater, and interior lighting. Factory air conditioning is equipped but has not been charged by the seller and is inoperative. The seller notes that all odometer digits turn at once, rendering total mileage unknown, but estimates that approximately 20k miles have been driven between himself and his daughter over the last six years.
The Bosch-injected 2,000cc four was rebuilt by the seller in 2012 after an overheating episode under prior ownership. The rebuild included new pistons, rings, and cylinder liners as well as a Norman Racing valve job on the twin-cam cylinder head. Replacement items also included a new fuel filter and in-tank pump.
Exhaust work included a new catalytic converter in 2013, a replacement center muffler in 2016, and a glass-pack rear muffler which is said to lend a pleasing rasp without being overly loud. Shifting is through a five-speed manual gearbox, with some double-clutching required due to below average synchros in second and third gears. A new clutch, slave cylinder, and rear driveshaft were installed at the time of the engine rebuild.
Underbody photos show the general condition of the drivetrain, floors, and suspension, the latter fitted with Boge shocks. A new brake master cylinder and rebuilt booster were installed in 2013, and several tie rod ends have also been replaced. A recent service included an oil change, cleaning of the oil-vapor separator system, a brake inspection, and a compression test that reportedly yielded 170-175 psi across all four cylinders.
The sale includes jacking tools, an uninstalled factory oil pan guard, and an older set of embroidered floor mats. The car passed a California emissions test in early February 2018. Records include a PPI from 2011 and are described as complete from 2012 onward.