1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Spider Nuvolari: 1 of approximately 28
This is what I saw on the way to and from the hardware store this morning.
I pulled into the parking lot and the lovely Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto (top image) was pulling out! I managed to get this shot with my phone before he took off. What a beautiful little car.
After I came out of the store, I looked up on top of the hill and saw what looked to be an STi so I drove up to get a photo. As I got closer I realized it was a WRX but Subaru has done everything they can to make the newer WRXs look like STis so it’s very easy to mistake the two.
Then, taking back roads home, I managed to spot another Alfa! Two in one day is unheard of around here. The one in the driveway is a 164L and while they’re more common than seeing a friggin Duetto, it’s still pretty rare.
On my way, I snapped the two Wranglers just for fun.
A Taste of Italy
Last time I saw an Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce in person, it was sitting right next to another Spider Veloce at some sketchy used car dealership in New Jersey. Both cars were on their last legs.
They were most likely being used as parts cars but the salesman was trying to sell me them as a pair saying there was one complete car between the two. On the phone, he said he had a Spider Veloce in good shape.
Four flat tires, rusted panels everywhere, a misfiring motor, bad electrics and an oil stain on the underside of the hood apparently meant “good shape” to him.
Anyway, that’s definitely not the case with this 1984 Series 3 Spider Veloce shown above with and without the hardtop. It’s now owned by my wife’s company’s photographer, Courtney.
Purchased by him in 2000, the plan was to put it away and fix it up. That work is well underway and the car should be back on the road in a few months, just in time for the Spring.
At a glance, an Alfa enthusiast might think it’s a Series 2 since there’s no rubber spoiler, but this car had its spoiler removed at some point. Along with the spoiler, the A/C unit was removed in the past so the current owner had his brother make a fitting for the lighter in place of the A/C controls and some added mahogany pieces that give the interior a nice vintage look.
I’ve been trying to get my hands on a quality Spider for some time but unfortunately they are few and far between in my area.
I’m just happy to see people like this keeping classic Alfas on the road no matter how difficult they are to maintain.
Thanks to Courtney for allowing me to feature his photos on the blog. You can see some of his professional work here.