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The Spider Quadrifoglio
Alfa Romeo’s long-running Spider 2000 received performance and comfort upgrades in 1985 with the announcement of the forthcoming Quadrifoglio. Entering production for 1986, the new variant featured special aerodynamic body modifications, most notably front and rear air dams, and sculpted rocker panel sills. The sporty external tweaks were further bolstered by 15" wheels and an elegant hardtop with an electrically heated rear window.
As the Spider range’s flagship model, the Quadrifoglio was also equipped with numerous luxury appointments, such as standard air- conditioning, AM/FM radio with cassette player, and leather trim. These improvements in performance and comfort made the Quadrifoglio a tremendous upgrade in the Spider’s evolution, and it proved to be one of the esteemed model’s final developments.
This minimally used Spider Quadrifoglio claims a low-mileage past and ownership by just one caretaker for a majority of its existence. According to an original Alfa Romeo warranty certificate, this Spider was purchased new on October 13, 1989, by Nissan Cohen of Long Island, New York, through F&S Motors.
On December 31, 1989, Mr. Cohen registered his new Spider in the state of New York, with the car then displaying 28 miles. More than 10 years later, when passing safety and emissions requirements on May 16, 2000, the Alfa Romeo had accrued only 1,522 miles, a testament to Mr. Cohen’s dutiful care of the sporty Italian convertible. Three years later, when passing the same set of inspections, the Spider displayed only one additional mile of use, indicating that it was essentially in a state of controlled storage.
Sold by its longtime owner in April 2006, this Quadrifoglio has since continued to benefit from mild use and dedicated care, displaying less than 2,000 original miles at the time of cataloguing. The relatively unused motor should offer miles of pleasurable cruising and indulgence in the joys of Italian open-air motoring.
With the red paint and gray interior still striking in presentation, this charming late 1980s Spider is accompanied by original manuals and tools, adding authenticity and completeness to its splendidly preserved state. Given that many Alfa Romeo enthusiasts have yet to focus on late-model Spiders such as this one, this charming and beautifully maintained example still offers accessible entry to Alfa Romeo sports car ownership while still providing the panache and tremendous enjoyment the marque exemplifies.