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1988 Alfa Romeo Spider Series 3

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  • Mileage150,466 km
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine2.0L
  • LocationBlackheath


1988 Alfa Romeo Spider Series 3

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Darren Rungasamy
Automotive Editor, Photographer and Consigner

A timeless appeal in a stylish and practical package, the Spider from Alfa Romeo is always a classy choice.

Pedigree and heritage are considered vital aspects of the appeal of a classic car, and certain models have an unmistakable provenance. Alfa Romeo fit firmly into this category, with almost every one of the company’s output worthy of merit. The essence and appeal of Alfa Romeo can be summed up in one car, the Spider. Based on the 1960s Giulia 105 series, the Spider not only outlived its sibling but weathered the storm just in time to see the 1990s resurrection of the affordable open-top touring roadster. By the time the Series 3 of Spider was released, it retained its aerodynamic nose, and kamm tail and gained a few concessions to modernity but it still provided a taste of the past without any loss of character. Its continued production throughout the 1980s and early 90s was guided by the Alfa Romeo-sanctioned RHD conversions by Bell and Colvill, who offered the British public a genuine pleasure in a motoring landscape that looked depressingly uniform.

This 1988 example is finished in black and fitted with the twin-cam 2.0L engine. It has seen a substantial amount of spending, mostly in the hands of Alfa specialists over the years, with almost 25 years worth of invoices. Well presented with an excellent interior and evidence of mechanical attention, it comes with an MOT to April 2024.

This listing was written from information supplied by Darren after meeting Stewart the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

Almost every time without fail, the car attracts lots of positive comments!

Stewart has taken his car to his trusted Alfa Romeo specialist over his year of ownership and has spent a considerable amount of money on the visual and mechanical aspects of the car. Most of which he confided had more to do with his attention to detail, rather than a recommendation from the garage.

Used as an occasional car, it has been stored in a professional secure environment when not in use, and has given him a huge amount of pleasure. The car is being sold as it now lacks the space to accommodate his growing family. Stewart will be happy to answer any questions on the car in the comments section below.

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A recent visit to the paint shop ensures that the presentation on this example is kept fresh.

Wheels and Tyres

All four of the smart Cromodora alloys are in excellent shape, this design isn't often seen on the model and so adds to the appeal we think.

The car is fitted with a full set of recently purchased Farroad tyres, they present in excellent condition as pictured.


The structure of the car appears to be solid, the floor pan, engine bay and boot floor are in good shape. The front valance, chassis frame and radiator cross member look tidy with no problems noted within the wheel wells or jacking points. Externally, there is no discernible corrosion noted, with the metal work in good shape throughout. The nose and rear valance look free of distortion. The passenger doors open and close without sagging. The panel fit is good, with even shut lines.

The hood is in excellent condition, with no signs of outdoor storage. The rear screen is free of clouding or rips, with just a light sheen of age noted. It raises and lowers without any issues. There is a hood cover included too. We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our hi-resolution images and videos, so please take time to look through all the media files for a detailed view of what’s on offer, and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.


The paint finish has a good lustre and an even colour match, with just a few light marks and swirls commensurate with the age of the car but overall it presents very well.

The images are taken from a few different angles to show off the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. So please take the time to fully assess these high-resolution images and videos of the car, for you to make up your own minds about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

The bumpers are well mounted to the car, with no signs of damage. There are a handful of minor scuffs but nothing to distract. The lights and lens are all neatly presented.

The chrome work is in very good condition, with just the door handles showing any real signs of age. The glass is intact with any marks aligned to the expectations of a car of this age.


The interior has seen considerable attention over the years, yet retains its classic chic appeal.

Seats and Carpets

The leather seats are in very good order, with no significant signs of wear or damage, trimmed in black with a contrast red stitching.

The carpets are free of dampness and present well. The boot also appears to be free of water ingress.


Overall the padding has survived well, with some minor wear noted on lower sections. The facia and centre console plastics are in decent shape with a little distortion on some of the components. The buttons and controls are all in good order, all are said to function.

The binnacle and sealed glovebox unit show typical traits of its RHD conversion. The door cards are intact and are in very good shape.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The wooden steering wheel and gear knob are neatly presented with no wear.


The nice exhaust rasp floats into the cockpit, this Alfa is not about speed, it's all about the occasion and experience.

Engine and Gearbox

The engine fires up immediately with no unwanted noises heard, it soon settles down to a rhythmic tick-over with no undulations. No warning signs were flagged up on the dashboard, as it idled with no exhaust fumes observed on the day.

The gearbox selects gears with no reported issues, the clutch is said to have a healthy biting point. As documented, the car had an engine rebuild ~50,000 km's ago. Watch the video to see the car in action.

Suspension and Brakes

The car rides smoothly, with no creaks or rattles heard from the suspension, it traversed the main roads without any notable issues in terms of braking with the owner stating it has seen recent replacement brake pads.

The Drive

A perfect day, as the sun was setting is the ideal scenario for the Spider, it cruised effortlessly at urban speeds, with no problems in terms of the steering or engine performance. The twin-cam engine sounds glorious with a little gentle prod.

The owner has reported that the car has not seen any engine temperature issues and the oil pressure has remained stable throughout his ownership. No fluid leaks were observed on the day.

Electrics and Other

The electrics on the car are minimal on a classic like this, and to Stewarts knowledge everything is working as it should do. The boot lid hinge will need attention, as it is currently unable to remain fully open.

History and Paperwork

The car has over ~20 years worth of invoices, culminating with just over £7,000 expenditure in the last year, it presents in lovely condition and is ready to be enjoyed by a new custodian.

First registered in January 1989, it is most likely to have been directly imported into the UK by Alfa Romeo and converted to RHD by Bell and Colvill. It comes with a healthy number of historic invoices and MOTs, with the earliest ones dating from 1999. The core of the invoices has been headed by Alfa Romeo specialists, starting off with an engine rebuild by Ramponi Rockell which states that it received an engine rebuild at 103,786 km. Subsequent invoices document servicing, a new exhaust, water pump, alternator and sundry parts in the 2000s, followed by over £2000 worth of maintenance in the 2010s including servicing, a new steering rack/box, RHD Servo and an interior refit. Further invoices also include further maintenance to the gearbox seals, suspension bushes and track rod ends.

In the last 5 years, the spending tally is around £7,000 which covers paintwork, a new clutch kit, fuel pump and hoses, a new battery, new discs and pads and an engine diagnostic check for good measure. Stewart has also spent a further £1000, on cosmetic interior items, most evidently the door cards. The car has an MOT to April 2024 and saw its last service not much more than 1000 km ago.

Stewart told us a new clutch kit was purchased but not fitted as the car drives well after a gearbox oil change in March 2022.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned an HPI check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment of the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

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Service History
Date Type Mileage
03-04-2023 MOT 150,190 km
12-03-2022 MOT 149,788 km
29-04-2021 MOT 149,386 km
10-08-2017 Service 149,189 km
09-08-2017 MOT 149,189 km
22-07-2016 MOT 148,223 km
06-07-2015 MOT 146,981 km
17-10-2014 MOT 146,708 km
30-08-2013 MOT 146,529 km
05-04-2012 MOT 145,520 km
13-05-2011 MOT 145,396 km
04-05-2010 MOT 142,625 km
09-04-2009 MOT 140,711 km
18-02-2008 MOT 138,140 km
26-01-2007 MOT 135,875 km
31-08-2006 MOT 134,644 km
11-08-2005 MOT 132,193 km
22-07-2004 MOT 128,064 km
30-07-2003 MOT 122,313 km
17-06-2002 MOT 116,531 km
27-04-2001 MOT 116,362 km
18-02-2000 MOT 107,675 km
14-04-1999 MOT 103,796 km
17-11-1997 MOT 90,320 km
13-11-1995 MOT 63,639 km
Key Details
  • ModelSpider Series 3
  • Transmission5-Speed Manual
  • Reg. Date19-01-1989
  • CC1,962
  • Mileage150,466 km
  • HistoryYes
  • ColourBlack
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #ZAR11538002601328
  • Engine #15616
  • Last Service10-08-2017
  • RestoredYes, undocumented
  • Engine RebuildYes
  • MOT03-04-2024
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers8
  • Tyre BrandFarroad
  • Tyre Age2022
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~1 year
  • Key FeatureCondition, history, RHD conversion
  • Auction ID1602

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