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A V-8 Alfa Spider: Blasphemy Or Genius?

Posted in Alfa Romeo, Bizarre, Car Buying, eBay Motors by Kurt Ernst | April 22nd, 2011 | 1 Response |

If you want to get a bid in on this car, I’d suggest you hurry since the eBay auction is set to expire on Sunday morning. Up for grabs (and spotted on Bring A Trailer) is a 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider that’s been Frankensteinized: gone is the original 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, replaced by a 5.0-liter V-8 from Ford. The owner doesn’t list horsepower, but given the engine’s 9.0:1 compression and stock cams, it can’t be too excessive. Of course it does rock a 4-bbl carb, Edelbrock intake, Edelbrock heads and a custom exhaust system, so let’s just call horsepower “more than adequate”. Ensuring that the rearend isn’t turned into a pile of metal shavings, the owner has thoughtfully replaced the stock rear with one from a Chevy S-10, and a Borg Warner T-5 five speed handles the gear changes.

I’ve got to say I’m not a fan of the Lexan hood, which would be the first thing to go. Scratch that: the first things to go would be the uber-cheesy “5.0” and “GT” badges stuck to the back of the car, which add as much class as putting zebra-skin-patterned seat covers on a Ferrari 458 Italia. The owner claims the car weighs 49 pounds less than stock , but he doesn’t tell you that the balance has now shifted to the front. Put another way, the car would be a handful to drive in the rain, or around a corner under anything but constant throttle. As for me, I’ll pass on the Frankenspider, but if it speaks to you seek therapy you’ll find the car on eBay Motors.

Source: Bring A Trailer

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  1. Greg says:

    I like it, except as stated the badges and hood. It’s a convertible, who drives those in the rain anyway?