Angelina – Alfa Romeo Spider 2000 S2
The Alfa Romeo Spider
There aren’t too many cars that qualify as style icons. Many try but are either too contrived to succeed or lack the appropriate historical resonance. One car that’s become a true classic is Alfa Romeo’s original Spider. Here is a car that survived in one form or another for over a quarter of a century but which still seems as relevant and as desirable as ever.
Angelina | our 1974 Alfa Romeo 200 Spider Veloce
Angelina is a 1974 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce. A desirable series 2 with the biggest engine available, a 2 liter, twin-cam 4-cylinder, producing 130 horses. It is named after Angelina Valadin, Nicola Romeo’s wife, one of the founders of Alfa Romeo.
There is something special about driving this classic; pretending to be a young Dustin Hoffman on his way to a secret rendezvous with Mrs Robinson. Also the Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce embodies the Alfa Romeo racing spirit from the glorious Targo Florio era of the 1920s.
This is something that’s been lacking in many newer models. Styling details such as the wonderful thin steering wheel, the beautiful chrome dials and the understated comfortable leather seats only add to the delightful driving experience. The 2000 Spider Veloce is not just an Alfa Romeo classic, but also an icon in automotive design.
In this piece of art on wheels you will certainly sit with a huge smile on your face. Every time. Anytime! That smile gets even bigger as soon as you realize the best Spider engine is laying in front: the 2.0 liter, also known as 2000 Veloce! An when an Italian says it’s “Veloce”, it truly is “Veloce”. Especially for its time, this Alfa is a very smooth car to drive. The non-turbo 4-cylinder 2.0L was the absolute top version of the 2nd Spider series.
Compared to the antiquated MGB and Triumph TRs, the Alfa Romeo Spider is streets ahead and still feels pretty modern. It’s fantastic twin-cam 2 liter engine pulls and sounds glorious. Sunny or no sunny weather, this classic gives you goosebumps.