The modern roadster revival began in 1990 with the introduction of the Mazda Miata. Harkening back to famous British two seater convertibles such as the MG and Lotus Elan, this car blended sporty looks, rear-wheel drive and reliability the levels of which were unheard in this class. However, the Italians had been going strong all along, with the Alfa Romeo Spider carrying the roadster torch for nearly three decades. As we highlighted with the 1991 Spider we featured last month, the Series 4 Spider brought about many improvements and refinements that make this a reasonable proposition for an everyday classic.
1991 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce. This vehicle is featured in green over beige interior with a black soft top. This fourth generation Spider is powered by a 2.0 liter inline 4 cylinder engine producing 125 bhp and 122 ft lbs of torque attached to a 5 speed manual transmission.
The fourth generation Alfa Spider's primary mechanical upgrade was the Bosch monotronic fuel injection with an electric fan introduced in 1990. The handsome cosmetic changes did not appear in the United States until the 1991 model. The external changes included larger rear lights, monochromatic colored bumpers without the front and rear spoilers. This is one of the finest examples of a classic Alfa Romeo and especially a rare find with such low miles!
Verde Inglese (English Green) is possibly my favorite color for the Series 4 Spider, with Rosso Vinaccia (Wine Red) coming in a close second. These colors add an air of sophistication to these cars that is lacking on with the more common primary colors. If this example could be had in the $13,000 to $15,000 range, it would be well bought.