Welcome to my Alfa Romeo GTV/Spider tribute.
With an award-winning Pininfarina design,
it is definitely a future classic!

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WOAW! – I thought the first time I saw it for the first time back in 1995 – THAT’S THE CAR I WANT! It took me a couple of years to get one, but when I finally got over to the dealer and sat in my Spider for the first time, I realized that it was the coolest and most sexy piece of toy I had ever laid my hands on!

Alfa Spider w/ Azev E 17" wheelsIt stood there all bright and shiny, and the interior was smelling like a thousand Italian cows – good that was 🙂 The exceptionally beautiful Pininfarina design was painted in titan silver-gray metallic, – and to top it off, I had ordered the complete "Lusso" treatment, – air-con, Momo leather seats and the "blue style" package interior with color matching electric roof. The wheels was 17" Azev "E" rims fitted with Dunlop SP8000 245/35 tyres. It was truly love at first sight! 

Later I had to replace one of my rims due to poor Norwegian roads. It seemed difficult to get hold of just one of
the Azev rims, so I decided to go all the way! 4 new 18" Zender Siena rims especially made for Alfa, fitted with Nokian NRZi 225/40 was ordered. Woaw… it looked spectacular and the Nokian handled somewhat better than the old Dunlop.

Alfa Spider w/ 18" Zender Sienna wheels, 30mm lowering, painted mirrors and white side blinkersI found that the Sienas left too much space in the back wheel archers, so I added 10mm spacers on both sides and it looked perfect! I also lowered it about 30mm with the Eibach Pro-kit sport springs. Combined with the 225/40/18 wheels, it handled way better than before, – although it suffered a bit in comfort on sharp bumps. Guess you can’t have it both ways…

The GTV/Spider has an exceptional design, so don’t go and overdo it in the styling department. A couple of things that it definitely deserves though, is the aforementioned 30mm lowering combined with 18" wheels. Other details is replacing the standard orange – and pretty cheap looking – side indicators with white ones. I also had the side mirrors painted. They originally come in matte black, probably to fit with the black windscreen frame.
The GTV mirrors are painted though.

Alfa Spider w/ Zender Sienna 18" wheels and 30 mm loweringThe standard sound system is absolutely shit and had to be replaced. I bought the Sony CD/radio CDX-L400X with a silver and red front, – matching both the silver mid-consol and the red hazard button above the slot perfectly. Together with an 800W amp, it delivered open road music through a new set of full-tone speakers + tweeters, – and a real sub-woofer (not the extremely poor sub originally fitted). All in the Xplod-series from Sony.

Although my relationship with the Spider had to come to an end in favour for a 156 GTA, I still believe the GTV/Spider is a great looker that will eventually become a classic…