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kurtdkurtd Posts: 12
I am looking for a stylist convertible sports cars
to rebuild in my garage. I can spend up to
$15,000 for the car. I want a classic that you can
still buy parts for.

What do you recommend?



  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,579
    Hi Kurt!

    If your criteria are $15K, beauty, reliability, tons of parts, ease of restoration, fun and a good investment, there are few cars, if any, that fit the bill like this one: ( a REAL sports car!)


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  • kurtdkurtd Posts: 12
    Thanks! What year Spider is it?
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    Cool car! Never heard of it before, but judging by the name, I'd bet she's Italian. She has to be from the 50's
  • The photo looks like a mid-50's model. If it is a 1956 model, the specs were as follows: it had a 1290cc OHC 4 cylinder engine with a compression ratio of 8.0, and developed 65 HP @5500 RPM. It did 0-60 in 14.8 sec., did the 1/4 mi. in 20.0 sec., and had a top speed of 100 MPH. Transmission was a 4 speed manual. This rear drive car had 87 in. wheelbase and weighed 1940 lbs. I drove a similar car on several occasions in the mid 50's and remember it as a very attractive and good performing ( for it's day) sports car. Alfas were imported into the US until the early 90s.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,579
    And you could rev them to 7500 rpm all day long and never get a speeding ticket (almost never). Great fun to drive.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 25,330
    Which years of the Alfa are the best to look at (the Spyder). I've been looking at Miatas, but wouldn't mind a nice Alfa if it was going to be reliable and not eat me alive keeping it running (the primary reasons I keep coming back to the Miata).

    I assume somewhere in the early to mid 80's to get a good combo of price/usability? Do the late 80s/early 90s cars start getting pricy? I'm really curious what I need to spend to get a good car (I don't want a beater). I've pretty much figured that out with the M car.

    thanks for the help

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,579
    I'd say any Alfa Spyder from 1982-88 would be nicely priced, and probably $1,000 to $1500 below a Miata. These cars have all Bosch ignition and fule injection, just like those expensive cars from Germany.

    They can be and are very reliable cars, (is anything more reliable than a Miata? A television maybe?) but they are not as refined as a Miata, so you will hear the engine and feel the bumps more, and they will rattle a little, too. But they are also probably more fun than a Miata for that reason, and a hell of a lot bigger interior and trunk space than the Miata as well. You can stay warm and dry, too.

    With careful shopping, you can buy a nice Spyder for around $5,000, which is the price of a pretty ratty Miata.

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