Torino Sauce: 1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce

The Alfa Romeo Spider (1966-1993) was a small two-seater from Italy produced in four distinct generations but never fundamentally changed. The Spider’s eventual demise was a combination of Alfa’s inability to evolve with the times and competition from reliable Japanese sports cars like the Mazda MX-5. Find this 1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce bidding for $5000 with 3 days to go located in Pittsburgh, PA via hemmings auctions. Tip from BP.

From the seller:

This Ferrari Racing Red 1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce, for sale at no reserve, is the first version of the storied Italian sports car to adopt a Kamm-style rear. Alfa Romeo’s 1971 Series 2 Spider used two different engine displacements. Early production models (and all U.S. cars) received the 1,750-cc engine, while European market cars built in the latter part of ’71 got the 2,000-cc engine, which was less powerful. The 2,000-cc engine debuted in U.S. cars for the 1972 model year.

According to the seller’s disclosures, this Series 2 Spider was initially sold in Newport Beach, California. The second owner painted the car red, from its original yellow, after moving it to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This owner is also said to have performed a number of upgrades before selling the car to the third owner. That buyer’s wife is said to have driven it for a while before it was stored for 20-plus years before selling to the current owner.

POWERTRAIN
Tuned to produce 135 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 137 lb-ft of torque at 2,900 rpm, the 1.75-liter DOHC inline four uses two valves per cylinder and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission that routes its output to the rear wheels.

Cited as being original to the car, the powerplant is said to exhibit clean cold starts, with no smoke. Refurbishment of the Alfa’s fueling system is cited, all the way from the tank to the injectors. Fitment of an electronic ignition system is also reported. Leaks and weeps are declared absent from both the engine and gearbox. A 2023 transmission service is said to have included a gearbox oil change. The five-speed is proclaimed to demonstrate smooth shifts in all five gears.

EXTERIOR
Currently finished in Ferrari Racing Red, this Series 2 Alfa Spider shipped from the factory in Canary Yellow. The seller says the red paint looks good, but you can see the car has had a color change in certain places.

Both bumpers are cited as needing work, and the folding roof is said to admit water when the car is being washed. Trunk and door seals are said to be in good shape. The Spider Veloce’s previous owner is said to have replaced the roof. All exterior lighting—save the left front marker lamp—is held to be working.INTERIOR
Upholstered in black vinyl, the Alfa’s seats are said to be in working condition, with no cracks or cuts evident. Carpeting is characterized as “newer.” The seller reports the heater control, aftermarket radio, and throttle all need work, citing missing parts and disconnected wires. A roll bar, painted gloss black, is mounted behind the seats.


Speedometer inaccuracy, attributable to the size of the aftermarket wheels, is reported. Paint flaking is evident on the speedometer housing. Replacement of the ignition switch requires a separate key for the doors and trunk. The car is not air conditioned, and the heater is said to be inoperable.

CHASSIS
An upgrade of the springs and shocks from stock by the previous owner is quoted. The left tie rod is said to have been replaced in 2023. A skid plate and frame stiffeners have been added. Front brake pads, rotors, and calipers have been replaced. The seller confirms the parts needed to complete the job for the rear brakes are included in the sale.

A steering box replacement is also cited. The car is said to track straight with no play in the steering. Aftermarket aluminum wheels from American Racing are reportedly vibration free at 70 mph. However, the seller says they are the wrong size for the car and should be replaced—as they are contributing to speedometer inaccuracy. DOT date codes, indicating tire age, are not discernible in the seller’s photos.

DOCUMENTATION
The seller states that this vehicle will be sold on a clean Pennsylvania title in his name. Looked upon as a “project car,” this 1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce, for sale at no reserve, looks to provide a nice platform. Based upon the seller’s photos and disclosures, the bodywork appears to be in good shape, the engine seems to run well, and the upholstery looks to be in good condition. In other words, the car is thought to be largely intact, needing only a bit of work here and there to bring it into solid condition.



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