Snow Spider – 1972 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce

Still an open secret, the Alfa Spider soldiers on as a great way to get into an entry-level classic coachbuilt sports car. Whether carbureted or fuel injected, the 2-liter four cylinder is torquey fun, and has an intoxicating exhaust note that, while no Ferrari, signals that it’s something special when you hear it coming. Cool touches like the 45-degree console mounted shifter, large three-spoke wood-rim steering wheel and tach/speedometers in their own pods also make for something a little more special than their contemporaries. Sadly, attrition means a few more disappear every year, so it’s important to rescue the ones that are still out there, like this 1972 Alfa Romeo Spider for sale for $2300 in Boston, MA.

1972 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce right front

That orangey-red is another specialty of Alfa’s, and gets you red while staying away from the obvious red used by later Alfas, and of course hoards of other sports cars. It’s great to see one of these in the snow – with their move away from simple used-car status, seeing one in the snow now is like getting rain after a long dry spell. The title is said to be clean, but this sounds an awful lot like a lien sale – car has had much recent work, is parked in a lot full of imported cars, and needs to be towed away.

1972 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce right rear

In spite of all the recent work, the car is said to need attention to the right rear wheel well lip, bottom of inner fender and passenger side floor. If that’s truly all, that’s quite minor for an east coast car. Fuel injection also needs work, and as you can see in the above picture, the car needs new tires. It would be nice to know what *has* been done – a car buying decision doesn’t necessarily need to be rational, but if you’re well-informed you’re more likely to be satisfied with your purchase.

1972 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce left rear

This must be the biggest Alfa Spider ever, since it’s hard to fit the whole thing in one picture. It looks to have more corrosion, on the surface at least, and the low window has resulted in snow on the driver’s seat. A thorough check is definitely worthwhile. The price is said to be reduced, but depending on true condition there may be a lot of room left for negotiation.

1972 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce interior

The interior seems to be one of the car’s stronger suits – uncracked dash, good seats, and what look to be the original rubber floor mats. All equipment looks to be present, and there are no scary dangling wires. Assuming a minimal level of structural integrity, this looks like a fun project to drive as a convertible beater over the coming warm months.


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