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At $7,500, is this 1979 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce a good deal?

At $7,500, is this 1979 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce a good deal?

Nice price or no dice 1979 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce

For those looking for a sports car with doors that not only pop out but also up, but who don’t have the money for a Koenigsegg, today Nice price or no dice Alpha should be a godsend. The rest of us will have to get through those doors and focus on whether the price is going up as well.

The term “use it or lose it” applies to many things in life, but especially to cars. Well, at least for old-school petrol cars. In the case of newfangled electric cars, you’d better say “use it” and Lose it” as the batteries in these cars have a finite life and each charge cycle brings the batteries one step closer to their e-waste graves. That made yesterday’s 2002 Toyota RAV4 EV such a gamble. Here it is, 20 years from new, and most likely still on the factory battery pack with who knows how many charge cycles under the belt. That made the car’s $11,995 asking price unpalatable to most, a result that gave the RAV a non-rave-esque No Dice loss of 93 percent.

If we were to change that phrase “use it or lose it” to something more Machiavellian, saying “use it or not, you’re still going to lose it,” which car company comes to mind first? I’m betting on Alfa Romeo. That Italian bringer of beauty and passion suffers from a reputation (well-deserved, some would say) for poor quality and a frustrating lack of reliability.

Still, for many enthusiasts, the good outweighs the bad…and the broken…and the synchros are seemingly made from Hershey’s Kiss wrappers. You know what I mean.

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This one 1979 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce doesn’t seem to suffer from any of these problems. According to the ad, the only thing wrong with the car is a broken fuel gauge. How very un-Alpha of it. And this comes from a year when Alfa was still using Spica’s mechanical fuel injection to power its fancy DOHC inline-four. That’s a system that works great when it works, but it can be a headache if the pump seals break and fuel begins to leak into the crankcase.

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Perhaps making up for the broken gas meter, the seller says the car has five new tires, new ball joints and front tie rods, and has only 45,968 miles on it.

And yes, it also comes with those funky aftermarket door hinges that some people might describe as “Lambo Doors” but are really just regular doors that also swing up after opening. Their operation seems unnecessarily complicated, especially since the latch and locking pin require that they be secured in a traditional manner.

There are probably advantages to such an arrangement, but I find it difficult to determine what they might be. Either way, the hinges should be easy to remove, returning the Spider to its former, simpler state. The doors aren’t the only evidence of someone’s idea to make the Alfa a little more luxurious than the factory required. Under the hood, nearly all acorn nuts, cam cover bolts and reservoir caps show evidence that they were once painted red. That’s not an overspray of a repaint either. That’s someone’s conscious effort to “put the pig on the lips.”

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Everything else about the car seems normal and fairly solid. Both the interior and top appear to be in serviceable condition, and the seller says the top is waterproof. A bit of rust bubbling up a rear fender is noted in the ad, but otherwise the bodywork looks straight and clean. The only quirk in the cabin is the odd placement of a clock mounted in the top of the ashtray door. I think that means it’s time to quit smoking.

Okay, so I know most of you are still stuck with the weird doors, but we need to consider the whole car and if it’s worth $7,500 as it sits, doors and all.

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What are you saying, is this Spider worth that kind of money? Or does that price close the door to any interest?

You decide!

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