1981 Alfa Romeo Spider, CA-AZ from new, One family 30 Years, 68k Miles, All Original!!

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This is a nice survivor Alfa Spider that has been fastidiously maintained since new. The stack of receipts literally is several inches thick!! This has all the original (Rosso 514) paint, tan leather interior, glass, etc. Fully maintained since new, this Alfa is ready to add to the new owner’s collection!

This Spider was bought new in San Diego and lived there all of its life until moving to Arizona for the last ten years. It is as rust free as an Alfa Spider can be. This Alfa has all of its original paint and has never been in any accident. We took several pictures of the undercarriage to show how clean and unmolested this Alfa is: all the shields are there and everything is clean and tidy.

The paint is all original. No touch up has ever been performed since new! This Alfa has never been in an accident. It is a true survivor. There are several small scratches in the front that we have shown in the photos. There are also several small dime size door dings that can easily be repaired using a paintless dent removal service. The paint is excellent overall and is very glossy and vibrant- again, this Alfa has been garaged since new and it shows! There is a small area on the outside lip of the trunk area (near the trunk latch) that has superficial corrosion starting. This would be easy to clean up and correct. This is likely from excess water from regular car washes.

The original leather is the supple tan Italian glove leather. It has the normal age cracking and shows some wear but has no tearing. The carpet is all original and very cool!! Even the dash is remarkable with no cracking whatsoever. This Alfa has been garaged since new and is a fantastic survivor. We have installed a new correct tan canvas OEM convertible top and the Alfa comes complete with the original tan top boot.

Everything works on this Alfa. It has dual chrome electric mirrors that work fine, the Clarion stereo still works well. The electric windows and all the lights work as they should.

Mechanically the Alfa is very strong running. The fuel injection has been rebuilt and the valves adjusted within the past few thousand miles. The Pirelli radials have less than 4,000 miles but are now 12 years old (garaged the entire time). In December of 2013 we changed the oil, performed a complete tune up, new fuel filters and replaced the valve cover gasket. This will give the new owner a nice baseline for continued servicing.

The trunk has the original spare tire, jack and tire wrench in the original burgundy factory pouch. The Alfa comes with the original owner’s manual and the complete documentation of its history including insurance cards, smog checks, service receipts, registration documents and the bill of sale from 1984.

This Alfa was bought new in San Diego by Karen Hall Murphy. She kept the Spider until August of 1984 when she sold it to Frank Ashley of Mission Beach (San Diego). Ms. Murphy had accumulated 28,800 miles in the first three years of ownership. Frank Ashley bought the Alfa on August 14, 1984 and had paid $7,400.

Mr. Ashley lived on Turquoise Street in Mission Beach in the same house since the early 1950’s. Like his house near the Beach, this Alfa was his baby. He kept both until his health required him to move in with family in Arizona in 2004. In 2004, Frank’s nephew and estate executor moved the Alfa into his garage in Glendale, AZ. From new, this Alfa has had two families owning it.

The mileage accumulation for this Alfa is:
1984 28,000
1998 43,000
2000 64,000
2003 66,000
2013 68,000

This Alfa is fully documented. From the Bill of Sale between Karen and Frank to every service receipt for the Alfa since 1984. We even have the Warranty Card for the Clarion AM/FM cassette that frank had installed on September 8, 1984! We love this type of detailed documentation.

This is a wonderful example to add to a collection or to enjoy on weekends. It is all original and wonderfully maintained since new. This is the right color combination and a great value for the money. For more details please contact Harry Clark at 951.901.5088 or email us at harry@classicpromenade.com.

1981 Alfa Romeo Spider, CA-AZ from new, One family 30 Years, 68k Miles, All Original!!



1981 Alfa Romeo Spider, CA-AZ from new, One family 30 Years, 68k Miles, All Original!!
1981 Alfa Romeo Spider, CA-AZ from new, One family 30 Years, 68k Miles, All Original!!



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