1999 Alfa Romeo Spider Lusso T-Spark 16v
Only 66,500 miles; very striking in Giallo Ocra with navy blue electric hood and matching leather trim
Launched at the 1995 Geneva Motor Show, the Alfa Romeo GTV coupe and Spider convertible were rapturously received by press and public alike. Beautifully styled by Pininfarina, both cars featured a flying wedge shape with a low nose and high kicked up tail that looked fast even when standing still. To save weight the bonnet, inner and outer front wings and bumpers were made from a composite plastic, while the rest of the body was galvanized to end once and for all that old Alfa bugbear of rust. Two main engines were available, the 150bhp 2-litre Twin Spark or the more potent 3-litre V6 in either 12-valve 190bhp spec or 220bhp 24-valve spec. Even the 2-litre engine could propel the car to 60mph in 8.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 137mph while the lighter weight actually made it more fun to drive fast than the 3-litre. Allied to secure front-wheel drive handling were direct 2.2 turns lock-to-lock steering and an all new multilink rear suspension which gave pin-sharp responses. The interior was beautifully trimmed in the best Italian style with embossed leather seats and all the toys you could want including: power steering; twin airbags; seatbelt pre-tensioners; Bosch anti-lock brakes; electric heated door mirrors; one-touch operation electric frameless windows; height adjustable headlamps; alarm immobiliser and central locking. The Spider featured a folding soft-top (electrically operated from 1997) with a five-hoop frame which completely disappeared from sight under a flush-fitting cover. Production of the GTV came to an end in 2005 and the Spider one year later when both were replaced by the Brera. This lovely 1999 Spider has the upmarket Lusso trim pack with striking Giallo Ocra paintwork, navy blue leather seats, matching electric hood and aluminium accents to the interior trim. It has covered 66,430 miles with a decent service history comprising four stamps in the book up to 36,823 miles in 2004 plus invoices for subsequent maintenance in more recent years. Starting instantly and running nicely as we moved it around for these photos, it comes with its original handbooks in the Alfa wallet, an MOT until March 2021 and five old MOTs back to 2008 since when it has only covered some 12,000 miles. Now crying out for more regular use, it will be a nice toy to cruise around in over the remaining summer months.
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