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Alfa Romeo Spider Parts and Alfa Romeo Spider Accessories

7 super facts about the Alfa Romero Spider you ought to know

  • Have you ever wondered what those little "Fs" on the rear fenders of the Alfa Romeo Spider mean? Those are the insignias of the world famous Italian design firm, Pininfarina. Pininfarina is an automobile designer that mainly designs high-end cars. Other than the super suave Spider, Pininfarina also designed the California, 458, 599 GTB Fiorano for Ferrari and the Quattroporte and Gran Turismo for Maseratti.

  • Alfa Romeo's relationship with Pininfarina is different among others. Pininfarina actually built most of the body, interior, and wiring as opposed to just designing it. After the parts are done, they are shipped to Alfa to equip the drivetrains, engines and suspension.

  • With the exception of the engine, induction system and rear gear axle, the Spider's parts are almost interchangeable. This is mostly evident with the Kamm tail Series 2 to 4. This means that parts are easily available. However, this also meant that the Series 2 car's value is low as compared to the other cars in the Series.

  • The doors of the Alfa Romeo Spider works a little bit differently compared to other cars. The Spider's doors lock by pushing the interior door handle forward rather than pulling them back.

  • Although this is highly unlikely, but in the event that the Spider completely runs out of gas, the pump section might completely dry up, damaging the vehicle. This is because the Spider uses gasoline as a lubricant to help move the four tiny pistons that pushes the fuel to the engine. In Bosch-equipped Spiders, the gas is used as a coolant instead of a lubricant.

  • There are some confusing details about operating the electrical facilities of the Spider. In the Series 1, 2, and 2a, the windshield wipers, radio and defroster fan won't turn off even if the engine is turned off. This is because they have individual buttons that should be turned off regardless if the engine is turned on or not. In addition, the trunk and hood lights would only work if the parking lights are turned on.

  • Due to the car's long round tail, the Series 1 Spider is often referred to as "Osso di Seppia" - Italian for cuttlefish bone. This model was featured in the highly-acclaimed 1967 movie "The Graduate." It is the car driven by the lead character, Benjamin, played by Dustin Hoffman.

Alfa Romeo Spider Articles

  • Alfa Romeo Spider Problems 17 January 2013

    It has been almost 20 years since the last Alfa Romeo Spider came out of the assembly line. But it's charm has never failed to capture the eye of enthusiasts since its debut in 1966. Its distinctive styling has somewhat become a trademark of "art meets engineering". Alfa managed to produce four generations of this machine, a beauty for the ages. However not everything about aging is beautiful. Here are some problems that interested buyers might confront.


    Body

    Alfa Romeos have shared a common blemish despite their beauty - the presence of rust. Although not all Alfa Romeos have this problem. But the Spider, unfortunately, doesn't belong to the exception. Signs of rust can be seen by thoroughly looking at the paint around the rockers behind the front wheels, in front of the rear wheels, and around the front and rear windows. If there are bulges in the paint job, that's a sure sign of a rust. Also, open the trunk and look in the spare wheel compartment. Water can accumulate there if left unattended and it can be a starting point for rust to spread. Inspect the floorboard above the carpets for holes made by rusts.


    Fuel System

    The fuel systems of Alfa Romeo Spiders are known to have problems especially if they are not taken cared of. Spiders came with a SPICA mechanical fuel injection, a high maintenance fuel injection system compared to the ones available today. This tends to deteriorate over time without proper care and rebuilding this can cost around $1,000.


    Gearbox

    The synchros, which is part of the gearbox, can be considered worn out if grinding occurs while changing to second gear. This is caused by improper shifting and warm ups.


    Interior

    Since some of the Spider's interior is made from cloth, they might not be able to hold-up to years of continuous use.


    Electrical

    Probably the greatest cause of concern with the Spider, and any Alfa, is the wiring. The Spider's wiring has been assembled separately by Pininfarina and since it wasn't made in one facility, the quality might not be as good as usual. For example, if the wiring gets exposed to excessive moisture, they can suffer from misfiring and short-circuiting.