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I prefer a Spider with good sound bodywork (minimal or no rust). Bodywork is deceptive - a 5 footer can suddenly turn into quite a lot of work. Eric's comment about getting a quote and tripling it rings true with me ! With the body in sound shape, you can then work through the car system by system (brakes, fuel, ignition, electrical, drivetrain etc) to ensure each is correct and reliable. It gives you greater confidence on the road knowing you've been through the car nose to tail. They really aren't complicated cars. Of course they have unique systems, like the SPICA fuel injection used on US cars in the 70's - this requires specialist work to get in perfect running order, and the number of people who really know this system are limited. The good news is parts availability - just about everything you need can be purchased from your choice of 5 - 6 suppliers, and at reasonable cost. Finally, this BB is an excellent technical resource, as well as a good place to come to commiserate with fellow owners when things go pear-shaped !
Don't buy the first car you see...look at a few, so you can compare/contrast. A car with service history rises above the rest of the herd, in my opinion.
Good luck on your search.
 
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