Sunday, March 16, 2014

2004 Alfa Romeo Spider - In The US and Not Too Far From Me

There's not a whole lot I can write about this car, as there is little info in the ad, but it's pretty cool to see this car in the US and titled in my home state of Massachusetts.

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!


P said...

That must be the same 3.0-liter V6 that was used in the Milanos and 164s for many years.

Just A Car Geek said...

It is the same. It's a great engine.

Chris Keen said...

Unfortunately, titled doesn't mean licensed and registered... the one shot showing a rear plate has it dangling by one screw.

On the other hand, I met someone at a local show last fall who had one of the spiders Alfa used to certify them. If that work has been done, all you should need to do is prove your car is in compliance with applicable laws...

Anonymous said...

Yes titled does not mean Federally legal. Ask 90s Skyline owners about that.

Anonymous said...

YEP, this car is certainly cool but also certainly non-Legal unless it is federalized and inspected. Having a Title is interesting but just means that the DMV agent slipped up. The car is still illegal to drive on US roads until its 25 years old or federalized/accepted through the process.

Go ahead. Buy It. Just at your own risk (or the risk of the FBI and the crusher) until 2029.