Daniel's observations are well-supported... If there is one year that is the most desirable for modern Spiders (excluding the series 1 cars, which have achieved "collectible" status) it is the last year of the pre-smog era: 1974. The '74 Spider in stock form is the fastest, with the most HP, and it is much lighter than the series that evolved in later years. Owners of '73 Spiders will also argue that their cars are just as desirable, as the two model years are virtually the same.Jeff, I've been looking for a while, so pricing is hard to say. Condition is critical. I've seen 71-74 spiders that needed new floors and an engine rebuild going for $4k. then there was a pristine 74 on ebay this week with 30k original miles that went for $14k.
wide range, so condition, rust, history, maintenance are critical
I saw that auction, and it looks like it needs a lot from the pictures and between the lines of the description. I'd go no more than $1000 on a car needing dash, removed body spears, unknown engine work, rust repair incl fuel pump-filter-tank-injection rust clean up, seats, body and paint, and the unknowns. Its easy to spend a ton of money to get it to the $5000 daily driver level and then you have something with a salvage title that is harder to resell. Then you have to deal with transportation too. Last spring I saw some fair deals on that vintage Alfas in the Denver area.Well heres where Im coming from I suppose:
eBay Motors: Alfa Romeo : Spider (item 120215998447 end time Feb-03-08 12:13:41 PST)
There are 2 cars for sale in that one ad really. The red one needing floors interior and a bit of paint work, and the grey one which he told me has been sitting for almost 15 years total but has minimal rust and is complete.
No one beat me to it! Im calling dibs IF I can work out a fair price! Plus I live in CO and the cars are in Cali sooo its hard to inspect them