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Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider – The Essential Buyer's Guide

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider – The Essential Buyer's Guide

By Keith Booker and Jim Talbott
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Softback. 64 pages. 195mm tall x 139mm. 100 colour photos.

ISBN: 9781904788980

£ 12.99 Postage + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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Just like having your own Alfa Spider expert by your side
Unique points scoring system to evaluate cars after inspection
Walk away or stay? - quick initial evaluation of a car
How to check the car’s authenticity
Which models are best
The implications of restoration
Is it the right car for you? - will it fit your garage, will you fit in the car?
Running cost details


STOP! Don’t buy an Alfa Spider without buying this book first!


Buying a classic car is an expensive business and mistakes can prove costly financially and in time, effort and stress. Wouldn’t it be great if you could take an expert with you? With the aid of this book’s step-by-step guidance from a marque specialist, you can! You’ll discover all you need to know about the car you want to buy. The unique points system will help you to place the car's value in relation to condition, whilst extensive photographs illustrate the problems to look out for. This is an important investment - don’t buy a Spider without this book’s help.

Independent Reviews

A really great reference book, either for an owner or someone looking to purchase their first Alfa Spider.

Review from Australian Classic Car, September 2007

Veloce has now published 13 of these handy pocket size books. Each serves as a useful guide for enthusiasts and assumes that readers will already know a little about older cars. The publications follow a pattern, starting off with the question, "Is this car right for you?" – it's a valid question, since many first-time owners buy with their hearts and not their heads, and live to regret it.

Items to watch out for are helpfully divided into a 15-minute evaluation and a more serious investigation examining mechanicals, body, trim and so forth in close detail. The author then compares the various advantages of auctions against private sales before discussing the all important paperwork – after all, you'll want to make sure that the seller actually owns what you are buying. Internet links and tips on where to find spares are helpful as is the list of relevant publications. Put it in your pocket before you start looking.

Review from Classic Car Mart, December 2006

Any addition to Veloce Publishing’s ever-expanding range of Essential Buyer’s Guides is usually worth a mention, and this – dedicated to the classic Alfa Romeo Spider – is no exception.

The great thing about these books is that they really are inexpensive. Just £9.99 buys you a copy, and for that you get a 64-page softback title packed with vital information and advice on buying your vehicle of choice.

You wouldn’t buy these books for their artistic layout, stunning photography or witty text, but to criticise them for that would be to miss the point entirely. They’re small enough to fit in your glovebox and to take with you when viewing a classic for sale; and the writing style and layout are so simple and logical that flicking through for on-the-spot information couldn’t be easier.

In this instance, you’ll find a full introduction to the living with a Giulia Spider, plus separate chapters dedicated to all the various aspects of buying one with confidence. Chapter headings like ‘Is It The Right Car For You?’, ‘Fifteen Minute Evaluation’, ‘Do You Really Want To Restore’ and ‘Problems Due To Lack Of Use’ give an idea of the detail throughout, which is pretty reassuring from such a low-priced title. In fact, bearing in mind the compactness of the book, the level of detail is very impressive.

As the authors say of the Spider, ‘Within twenty-eight years of manufacture, there should be a model to suit everyone’. If that’s true, you’d be well advised to take a copy of this book along with you when viewing any Spider that’s for sale. Quite simply, it does exactly what it says on the cover.

Review from Alfa Romeo Owners Club Magazine

Written in the same format as Veloce Publishing’s first Alfa Romeo title in this series, the Giulia GT Coupe, you know you are in capable hands when you see that Keith Booker and Jim Talbott have teamed up as the marque experts for this 64 page, step-by-step assessment of the 105 series Giulia Spider.

For those who haven’t seen either Alfa Romeo Buyer’s Guides, each book in the series, and there are now a range of titles in print, starts by inviting the reader to consider whether this is the right car for you to own and then in a series of logical steps guides you towards making a properly evaluated purchase. It’s all here in this compact and easily digested pocket book: the problems and pleasures of ownership, the running costs, the strengths and weaknesses of each model, the differences between them and the price to pay for each.

The core of the book, and what makes this series different, is the step-by-step guide to viewing, inspecting and evaluating a car, using a points system to help ensure that you buy a car that is going to be right for you. Some of the advice is generic but the detailed information specific to Spider ownership is so pertinent as to make you
feel that Keith and Jim are alongside when you carry out your own inspection. No stone is left unturned and there are even chapters on essential paperwork and auctions.

The reservations that I expressed in my review of the Giulia Coupe book have been addressed. There is less unused ‘white space’ and better use of the pictures, consequently the reader ‘feels’ that he is getting the value for money that this book undoubtedly delivers. The excellent picture of Alfa Romeo Grand Prix driver Bruno Giacomelli with his Spider poignantly illustrates the discerning affection held for the Spider.

The authors have clearly worked very hard to ensure that the distinctions between the different models are clearly drawn in the chapters on relative values, what it’s worth, and vital statistics. This is no mean achievement when you consider that this is a small book and the Spider had a 28 year production history. Many Alfisti will be broadly familiar with the four series of Spiders and the distinction between the Long tail and Kamm tail bodies, but less aware of the detailed differences, the existence of special editions and whether they are looking at a US spec car with its ‘strangled’ performance, or a factory RHD model as opposed to a conversion. The authors guide you through every point.

Buy this book and you will probably end up buying a Spider too, but more importantly you will buy with confidence.

Review by John Maclay for Overhead Cams, Alfa Romeo Association, July 2006

I recently received an evaluation copy of the above-pictured book from Veloce Books ( and agreed to read it with an eye towards reviewing it for our membership. It is a paperback book of 64 pages (some of them ads) and lists for US $19.95 but is available on the website for $17.85 as this is being written. Also the website has sample pages, chapter titles, etc. that may be viewed in .pdf format if desired. I found it to be relatively interesting and informative for someone who is just beginning to become involved in the Alfa Romeo Spider as a purchase or a potential restoration/refurbishment project.

There are many helpful hints and critical areas pointed out that one must be aware before buying one of our favorite cars, and the authors present a fairly complete picture of where to look for problems. It is advertised as having more than 100 color photos (nicely done) although I did not count them! A handy checklist of crucial areas of inspection is included in the book.

First of all, however, the reader must remember that the vendor (Veloce Books) and the authors and publishers are all situated in the UK, so the book is slanted specifically at the British prospect. Even the title “Giulia” is not relevant to the US as it really refers to all the 105 models since 1966, none of which were known as Giulias in the US but all of which were so named in the UK, all the way through the Series 4 vehicles.

So this book is really a buyer’s guide to the 105 Spiders as we know them in the US. The other characteristic is that it is written in UK English idiom (e.g. colour, tyres, etc.), which is obviously understandable but leaves no doubt as to the origin of the text. The ads (front and back covers, several pages inside the booklet) are UK-oriented and not of much interest to US readers. But in fairness, the book is quite detailed and would be handy for anyone in the process of purchasing a 105 Spider.


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