The 916 Alfa Romeo GTV and Spider were designed with US sales in mind. But, Alfa stopped selling cars in the US in 1994 and the 916 was never officially imported.
"Officially" is the key word. I can't swear to this, but I've been told (by someone who met someone with one of these cars in the US) that it is fairly easy to import an early 916 series Spider into the US. Supposedly, 1995 model year cars are OBDII compliant and they meet all US safety and emissions standards. However, there is the infamous Autodelta case, where a father and son team were arrested for trying to import these cars.
There are, of course, legal ways of importing almost any car. It just takes a lot of time and a lot of money.
All of that is for people smarter, wealthier and gutsier than me to figure out. Somehow, this car is in the US and, as I mentioned, titled in Massachusetts.
There are a few 916 Spiders in the US. They turn up for sale now and then. In 2003, the 916 cars got a facelift. The most notable change was to the front end. It received a larger, more aggressive grille. This may be the only post facelift car in the US.
This car has Alfa's amazing 3.0 liter 24 valve V6 in it. It must be a blast to drive.
I have never driven a 916 Spider and I am so tempted to call on this car. However, I'm in no position to add another car, and it's not fair to the seller to ask for a drive when I have no real intention to buy. But, damn, it's so close...
Located somewhere on the South Shore of Massachusetts, click here to see the Craigslist ad.
A big thanks to Michael for sending me the link to this car!