Fewer than 57,000 from new
1990 Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde Spider
Alfa Romeo introduced its enormously successful post-war two-seater convertible back in 1956 with the Giulietta. The front engine/rear wheel drive format of the dainty, pretty and supremely capable roadster would go through many upgrades and developments, but would be consistent through 1994, a run of nearly 50 years.
In that half-century run, there were essentially only two distinct designs. The original Giulietta, with 1300cc twin-cam power, and its successor, the Giulia with upgraded 1600cc, were penned at the Pininfarina studio under the direction of Franco Martinengo.
The next design, also hailing from the Pininfarina studio, was the Duetto, with droop-snoot and boattail styling was quite a departure from the swooping curvaceous lines of the Giulietta/Giulia. Wonderfully well-received, the design was the basis of the next 3 decades, with various massages of the shape. In 1970 the tail of the Series 2 was squared off and then, for the 1982 Series 3 it was given a rear spoiler or Kamm tail. Now with Bosch fuel injection replacing the troublesome SPICA, the 2-liter twin cam with 5-speed manual ‘box would produce 126bhp.
1986 marked the introduction of the top-of-the-line Quadrifoglio Verde (Green Fourleaf Clover) model, a design upgrade with sideskirts, mirrors, new front and rear spoilers, hard rubber trunk mounted spoilers with integral third stoplight, unique 15″ alloys and optional removable hardtop. Different interior trim included blood red carpets and gray leather seats with red stitching. The QV was offered in only three colours: red, silver and black.
The Quadrifoglio Verde offered here, in stunning original black livery, has been lovingly maintained and sparingly used by a local Southern California lady and die-hard car nut. Paint is generally excellent, with a few scratches and scuffs to the rear bumper from LA driving, well, parking. Wheels are scuff-free and shod with good Michelin tires. The soft top is in excellent condition and the car comes with the optional hardtop.
The interior shows very little wear, certainly conducive with age and mileage. Seat and panel surfaces are excellent, as is the dash and carpet. A small tear in the shifter boot can be viewed in the photos below.
The odometer shows less than only 57,000 miles from new, and the car drives like it. It starts easily and runs exceptionally well, being serviced regularly. The car shifts through the gears perfectly through a good clutch. Brakes, suspension and all electrical systems work perfectly.
This is a great opportunity to own an appreciating modern classic, useable and easy to maintain, but with all the look, feel and experience of a classic Italian roadster. With air conditioning. And electric windows…!