1989 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce Convertible - California Car, Very Nice Shape on 2040-cars
Rockville, Minnesota, United States
My summer toy is up for sale - 1989 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce. Very fun to drive, gets ton of "thumbs ups" everywhere you go! I purchased this car a little over three years ago from its longtime owner in southern California and drove all the way home to Minnesota. Since then, it has been properly stored every winter, and properly enjoyed every summer. All maintenance faithfully performed and has never needed any mechanical repairs since being in my possession. Interior in very nice shape with tan leather seats and black carpet that are both like brand new. Door cards in great shape. Some minor warping is present in the soft dash and console parts. Body is straight and clean with no visible rust. Underbody is also in very nice shape, as it has likely never seen any salt or snow. New tires with only a few thousand miles on them. Handles nicely with no annoying vibrations. Tracks straight and true. Remarkably free from annoying squeaks and rattles while driving. Top is in great shape, thought the back window could use replacement. This is the "veloce" model, so it is pretty well equipped with (working) power windows and (currently non-working) keyless entry, air conditioning (in need of a recharge), CD player, 5-speed manual transmission, and the aforementioned beautiful leather seats. Mechanically, this car has always gotten me around with no hassle, and even drove in the famous Grand Old Day parade in Saint Paul last year. The 2.0 liter Alfa engine still pulls well, though it does leak a very slight amount of oil by the spark plugs. Runs well after it has been warmed up, does stumble a bit for first few minutes of operation. Fuel injected, so it tarts easily and reliably. 5-speed transmission shifts smoothly and the cutch works well. Brakes are strong, but will pull to the right on hard braking, I'm guessing that it may have some air in the line that should be bled out. Consistently gets around 30 MPG and is perfectly happy cruising at 70 MPH on the freeway. Does have it's share of quirks, as are to be expected in a 25 year old Italian car. As previously mentioned, the keyless remote is no longer working, nor is the AC. The speedometer does not function, and the tach is not accurate, though the odometer is. The interior gauge and switch lights work intermittently. All in all, while this is not a show car, it is a very reliable, fun, functional summer toy and is in rare condition here in the midwest. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like to arrange for a drive. I do drive the car frequently, and continue to do so - so mileage will increase slightly. Happy to assist with shipping in any way I can, including arranging for transport. Also happy to deliver at no charge to anywhere within central Minnesota or the twin cities. Thanks and Happy Bidding!!! Zach
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Sun, 11 May 2014 12:15:00 EST
Behind the vanguard of numerous Jeep models, two Chryslers, a smattering of Fiats and Alfa Romeos and local production through a joint venture with Guangzhou Automotive Group (GAG), Fiat Chrysler wants to increase sales in China more than six-fold by 2018. The group sold 130,000 cars in China in 2013, the aim for 2018 being 850,000 cars.
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:27:00 EST
Ultimately it's expected that the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Wrangler, Renegade, the coming Grand Wagoneer and a sub-Renegade-sized crossover will either be built in or exported to the People's Republic. The Chrysler Town & Country and 300 will join the export list in 2016 and 2018 respectively, according to a report in Automotive News.
With a number of those vehicles not in production or perhaps even envisaged yet, and others not due on the local market until 2018, it will be interesting to see how Fiat Chrysler plans to achieve the target in the specified timeframe. The joint venture with GAG builds two products now, the Dodge Dart-based Fiat Viaggio launched two years ago - supposedly designed just for China - and the just-launched Fiat Ottimo, a hatchback version of the Viaggio. Fiat projected 300,000 Viagio sales in its first two years, that number has been adjusted downward to 94,000 and there doesn't appear to be an analyst alive that sees a good future for Fiat in China's overrun mainstream market. Still, last year's 130,000 group sales in China is a huge jump from 2012 sales of 66,000 units, but less than half the 300,000 units it projected.
Fans of simple, lightweight motoring, rejoice - we now have images of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata undergoing testing at der Nürburgring Nordschleife. Now, to be fair, this isn't some lightly camouflaged example that will give us a great peak of what the next Miata, which will also become the next Alfa Romeo Spider, will look like. This is a mule, with the new bits hidden under a current Miata's body. That doesn't mean there aren't a few scraps of valuable information here, though.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 18:00:00 EST
According to our flock of camera-toting spies at the Nürburgring, the next Miata is likely to grow a bit, as new models are wont to do. In particular, it will be longer and wider, and the wheelbase is likely going to be stretched, based on the shape of the wheel wells and doors. Both of those factors will add more space in the cabin.
Those are the big indications provided by these photos, but while the MX-5 might be growing, it's a safe bet based on these images that it, and the (likely pricier) Alfa, will retain the classic, long-hood, short-deck styling that so typifies rear-drive roadsters.
Naturally, you'd expect a massive automaker like Fiat to have an in-depth plan to exit the current European-market doldrums, and you'd expect that plan to include plenty of new vehicles to attract those precious buyers that still remain despite the financial downturn. And you'd be right, though Fiat does seem to have a few unexpected twists up its corporate sleeve.
Perhaps the biggest shocker is a report that Fiat will completely drop the Punto, a car with mass-market appeal aimed at small-car buyers cross-shopping the popular Volkswagen Polo. Its replacement will be a five-door Fiat 500 aimed at upmarket buyers (sounds awfully similar to the 500L) that will be built in Poland. Lower-end customers will reportedly be served by variants of the Fiat Panda.
Borrowing a page from the BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen playbook, reports Automotive News, Fiat is said to have plans to reignite production at its Italian factories by retooling them to build high-end vehicles from Maserati and Alfa Romeo. These will be marketed as premium products, built by skilled Italian workers (who are paid wages that are 75-percent higher than those building Fiats in Poland), and will be sold around the world.