Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Green Mountain, Colorado
Not sure why this is so confusing for you. Cars always have been (at least in my lifetime) identified by model year. The model year may be close to when the car was actually manufactured or when it was actually bought but it's not the same thing. But if you're getting a blue book value for a car or buying parts for a car or even working on a car you get value/parts/specifications by looking up the model year.
A couple of examples:
My Alfa was made in August of 1989, but it is designated as M.Y. 1990. Now we can sit here arguing all day about whether that makes it an '89 or a '90 but if I try to order engine parts for a '89 for my car I'll almost certainly get the wrong parts. Likewise, if I look at an '89 service manual to try diagnose issues with my car I'm going to be confused as heck since nothing engine wise matches up.
I once had a M.Y. 2002 Subaru that was produced in April of 2001 and delivered to me in June 2001. Now, you might look at that and say "well, obviously it's a 2001 then" but again, if I tried to order ANY part for a 2001 it almost certainly would NOT work for my car since 2001/2002 was the "generation" break with the 2002 being an entirely new design compared to earlier models. Different engine, different transmission, different suspension, different body, different everything.
This is not something that is new in any way or anything "sneaky" that only Alfa does. The U.S. manufacturers started bringing out the "next" model year in the previous fall as a marketing ploy sometime in the 1950s I believe. That's just how the car biz works. For the 1994 model year across the ENTIRE automobile industry close to half of all 1994 M.Y. cars were made in 1993. So trying to identify a car by it's actual manufacture date rather than it's designated model year just confuses the issue. It's just not how any of this works.
Again - what do you call a, say, 2008 M.Y. car that was manufactured in November 2007 but not actually sold until February 2009?
1990 Spider Veloce
Last edited by GV27; 04-16-2017 at 11:10 AM.