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After being so disappointed in the last '74 I bought and parted out I've been keeping an eye out for another steel bumper car.
The Duettos I really want are just too expensive so I'm stuck with a square tail.

Found two more for sale recently, one of which is already stripped of it's bumpers and probably just another parts car.
Intending to buy the other if the description is accurate.

Funny thing is that these are ALLWAYS 74's.

Why no 71-73's?
 

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Square tail spiders with stainless bumpers were sold in the US from 71 - 74. IMO 71's & 72's have nicer bumpers (and the cars are lighter). A few 70's made it into the US from Canada and they were full European spec.
 

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Here's a '73. 1973 Alfa Romeo iniezione spider. A bit of a drive for you, but it looks pretty good for the price.
It looks nice in the photos but why '79+ door panels and a salvage title?
 

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Got more details on the '74 today.
A bit discouraging.
Seller now says he found rust spots "The size of a quarter" in the fender behind the front wheel and ahead of the rear wheel.
And a floor repair pop-riveted in.
Just to ice the cake, it seems the cam cover is off the engine.
He insist that the sills appear to be good.
Engine is not a huge deal since I have a couple that run, even one from a '74.
But I'm sick of fighting rust that's worse than first looks reveal.
May have to try to get him to take a bit less, bumpers are not THAT valuable and I'm not excited to part another out to recover expenses.

He's supposed to send more pics as he's a few hours drive away.
 

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Cannot quite afford it.
Boy, I think you'd have a hard time finding an S2 that's not a complete basket case for much less than the asking price of $2,200. Heck, a new set of SS bumpers will cost almost that much.

And if you are hoping to find a rust free S2 I think you'd be looking at 5 times that price. Of course rust in your area is something you read about in books whereas around here it's a way of life...

And although everyone love Duettos (now) the '71-'74 Spiders were better cars in almost every way.
 

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'74 seller did not get back to me with the additional pics.

Got another financial hit today, have to spend money now to make more money later.
So it looks like I will have to pass on this '74 for now.

Here's the link for anyone else who may be interested, 1969 Fiat / 74 Alpha Romero two Spyder Convertibles
For "only" $1,200.00 it may be worth it in parts even if it is too far gone for a practical rebuild.
Claim is that it is relatively rust free as detailed above.
And yes it does still have it's bumpers and grill, also thought to be original paint so no rust hidden under bondo.
Seller is a tow yard in Sacramento, car does have a title.
If anyone goes to look please post what you find.
There's still slim chance I might be able to get it in a few days if no one else grabs it first.
 

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I agree, as said, almost too good to be true.
Would definately want to go over it with a magnet, I've already got a '78 bondo-mobile.
Getting it home would not be free, so the true price is a bit higher.

Boy, I think you'd have a hard time finding an S2 that's not a complete basket case for much less than the asking price of $2,200. Heck, a new set of SS bumpers will cost almost that much.

And if you are hoping to find a rust free S2 I think you'd be looking at 5 times that price. Of course rust in your area is something you read about in books whereas around here it's a way of life...

And although everyone love Duettos (now) the '71-'74 Spiders were better cars in almost every way.
 

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"Alpha Romero"....give me strength....

Re your original question...could it have to do with the number of vehicles imported during those years, and perhaps '74 was a 'peak' year ?
 

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Maybe Webers are too complex for most owners and so the earlier cars more likely to be given up on early?
FICA left to dealers as owners would not even try?

One year of four still seems a lopsided statistic.
 

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...And although everyone love Duettos (now) the '71-'74 Spiders were better cars in almost every way.
True and I remember back at the time when I was still in high school I thought the design change was a great improvement over the boat-tail. It was at that time I decided that I was going to one day get one.

I have noticed as well that there seem to be a lot more 74's around than 71-73's and I'm not sure why because the production numbers weren't that far off, there were about 1,000 more 74's made than 72's but even then we are only talking about 5,000 total for the year which is a pretty low number by modern car production figures. They are easy to spot as well since 74 was the year they had the 5 mph "bumperettes" added (or maybe it was 73?)
 

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Yours is the best year Paul. Like too many of us they got progressively heavier and slower as the years passed by.
 
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