Junkyard Find: 1974 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1974 alfa romeo spider veloce

I’ve never owned an Alfa, and every time I see one in the junkyard I feel a twinge of guilt for never having rescued some poor abandoned Spider project prior to the inevitable ride to the junkyard that all such Alfas take after a decade or two spent sitting under a tarp in the driveway. Here’s yet another rust-free Spider that’s going to get eaten by The Crusher because nobody was willing to save it.

Alfa Romeo made the Twin Cam for 40 years, and the one in the ’74 made a claimed 129 horsepower from its 1,962 cubic centimeters. That’s very good for the Malaise Era, though it’s worth noting that the Datsun 260Z of the same year sold for more than a grand less than the Alfa ($5,289 versus $6,550), had 33 more horses under the hood, and weighed only 184 pounds more. Of course, the ’74 Fiat 124 Sport Spider sold for a mere $4,395, but buyers had be willing to overlook the car’s 92.5 horsepower (any time a car manufacturer claims a fraction of a horsepower, look out) and general terribleness.

This car, which I found last week in a Denver self-service yard, appears to have spent many years with its interior exposed to the Colorado elements. Too far gone to be worth restoring, although it would have made an excellent 24 Hours of LeMons race car.

What does it mean when the “THROTTLE” idiot light comes on? Broken throttle cable?

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  • Forestghost07 Forestghost07 on May 16, 2013

    this photo saddens me and some of the comments really raise fur ... my 1st car (age 16) was a brand new '78 Alfa Spider. We swapped the horrible "crash" bumpers to those lovely stainless steel earlier ones, and I kept that car 8 yrs/ 130,000 miles with not a SINGLE breakdown! How many teens respect and lovingly care for their 1st car even 8 months??? Unreliable? NONSENSE!! I learned how to service it MYSELF, "mysterious" mechanical injection and all. That was the trick - keep 'em in your own hands and AWAY from shops. The only bugger was rust, but all 70's cars were rust buckets, don't some of you remember? I've gone retro now - driving a 1972 MGB GT, rock solid, show condition, a joy to own and tinker with

  • Graham64 Graham64 on Dec 29, 2021

    That is a huge binnacle that surrounds the speedometer.

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