Posts Tagged ‘roadster’

Located in a Barn – 1971 Spartan Roadster

February 18, 2016

Here’s something you don’t see every day. Most replica classics have several drawbacks – being based on a pedestrian platform, awkward styling to fit modern underpinnings, high cost of entry, and more. It’s nice to find a car that scores well on at least two of those elements, and if you buy into some snobbery about country of origin and longevity of its maker, it has that going for it as well. Spartan Cars were made from 1973 to 1995, and in addition to the Roadster there were a Mini-Moke-like vehicle, and what must have been truly odd-looking estate car and motorhome conversions for the Ford Cortina. The Roadster first used the Triumph Herald/Vitesse/Spitfire as its basis, moving to the Mark III-V Cortinas as the Triumphs became unsuitable donors through age or collectibility. At any rate, there can’t be that many of these in the US, although the Spartan owners’ club does count some Americans among its members. If you want to be one of the few, you can start by looking at this 1971 Spartan Roadster for sale for $4500 somewhere in Clark County, WA, just north of Portland, OR.

1971 Spartan Roadster left front

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Black Spiders – 1987 Alfa Romeo Spider Pair

October 26, 2015

You’ve heard it enough times, many classic cars are slipping out of the reach of mere mortals. Well sure, if you approach with a narrow focus, you can’t even get a project for under $10,000. But if you look carefully, and weigh your priorities, it doesn’t matter if you’ve got a little or a lot of money, as long as you can be diligent in your search and diligent with your tools. Conveniently, that supports the case for today’s pair of feature cars, both 1987 Alfa Romeo Spiders. Sure, in 1987, these cars seemed antiquated, but now you’re picking up a lot of the iconic 1960s style with upgrades like power windows, electronic fuel injection, and more. Which makes it like a Miata with more heritage and less bulletproof-ness. Check out this 1987 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio for sale for $2700 in Chatsworth, CA.

1987 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio left rear

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850 in Drag – 1970 Siata Spring

September 23, 2015

Siata’s Spring is kind of an odd duck. Can you imagine the discussions between management and design? “Well, Gianni, Alfa Romeo is doing a Gran Sport Quattroruote Zagato to celebrate their heritage by dropping a miniaturized 6C1750 GS Spider Zagato body on their Giulia platform. And in America, everyone is putting 1940 Ford and Rolls Royce hoods on their VW Beetles. We’re falling behind the market here, so let’s get on with it and throw something together so people know Fiata (?) has still got it!” And thus, the Spring was born – a classic car that does not draw on Siata’s distinguished history (or Fiat’s, or anyone else’s), rather looking like an anonymized picture of a classic car you see in one of those ads for body shops in the phone book. Check out this 1970 Siata Spring for sale for $3900 in San Diego, CA.

1970 Siata Spring right side

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