The Car – 1965 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce. High performance version of the Spider. Alfas were way ahead of its time technologically. The Veloce versions of the cars had all aluminum engines and drive-trains, twin over-head cams, hemispherical combustion chambers, duel weber carbs, 5-speed transmission and disc brakes. In all, 1091 Giulia Spider Veloces were built. This car was one of the last ones of this body style which started in 1955.
The Story – Car was found by a repossession tow truck driver in some alley in Southern California. It was in bad shape but was complete. After purchasing it in the mid 1980’s, I drove the car back to Canada (and barely made it). It subsequently spent the next 15 years in three restoration shops and was ultimately completed by Alfa restoration guru, Bill Gillham of Oregon. The car benefited from a total groundup, nuts and bolts restoration. Almost every part of the car is new or restored.
The Cool Factor – Very pretty car in a great color combination. Won many, many awards at car shows including the Palo Alto Concours, The Canadian Concours D’Élégance amongst others. Appeared in a number of books and calendars. Awarded the Certificato d’oro for preservation by the Alfa Romeo Owners Association of U.S in 2018 (scored 100 points).