Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
I bet you’ve heard that before…somewhere. But don’t you start expecting that I’ll be getting into mushy romance stuff or sex scenes or anything like that. As much as your demented and fermented mind might prefer that I shut up and post some skin flicks, I’ll refrain from catering to these base instincts, despite your chagrin. Your society will thank me. Keep your focus. Pervert.
In case you were wondering – which is a long shot because I have no idea why anyone would be – but in the event you were, the word “wherefore” as in the above quote, doesn’t mean “where” but rather, “why?” or “for what reason?” But this is a car blog and not a linguistics course. At least not yet. We’ll see how things pan out.
Back in 1995, “wherefore art thou” was what anyone who either had purchased, wanted to purchase or cared to take notice was asking about the disappearance of Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo. Not anticipating the complete dematerialization of the brand in the U.S. (along with the parts required to maintain the sexy but delicate machinery), we bought a 1991 Spider in 1992. A year or so later we were asking of the manufacturer, “Wherefore the hell art thou departest? We just purchaseth thine motor chariot!”
Actually I’m exaggerating. Our reaction was more like, “wait, what?” But that sounded much more bovine and not in keeping with the Shakespearean theme. You get the idea. Well anyway at least we got a good deal on the car. And it was a hoot to drive.
Fortunately, we made the acquaintance of a Greek man who was a Ferrari mechanic that moonlighted doing side jobs for other Italian car owners who were equally disillusioned by mysteriously vanishing marques and/or high-end exotics dealer service fees. Needless to say, he was always busy, and always did a great job for us despite the swirling dark vortex that used to occupy the place replacement parts used to be.
Thanks to our Greek mechanic friend, the repair bills on the car miraculously ended up being less than the cost of the car when it was new, and further, to this day I still really appreciate dolmas and lemon chicken soup. Oh man, do I enjoy lemon chicken soup. No I don’t have a good recipe and if I did, this is not the place for it. This is a car blog which has a potential linguistics course fall-back position, so you can forget about it. Stop distracting me.
What was I saying?
Oh yes of course: olive oil. One quirky thing about the Alfa Romeo Spider is that the oil filler cap said “OLIO” on it. This is of course Italian for the word “oil”. Those people who were curious enough to gaze upon the engine bay were told by my father – with a deadpan expression – that the car lubricated it’s Italian-ness with olive oil. Most took him at his word and he generally refrained from telling them he was having fun at their expense.
There was a lot of fun to be had with that car. While I’d love to tell you about it, I’m thinking of going to find the nearest purveyor of lemon chicken soup. If I can’t find one (which is a pretty good possibility in this place and at this time) then I’ll settle for a shot of espresso and a biscotto (which is a hard twice-baked Italian almond cookie, meant to be dunked). No I’m not going to explain further on the biscotto, this isn’t a baking contest, it’s a car blog. I appreciate your disparate interests though, as it shows me how interesting and intelligent you are, and oh my, that shirt really goes well with your eyes. Good choice. Did your wife pick that out?
So I think I’ll have to get down to the nitty and the gritty of the Spider at hand. Don’t even get me started on spiders.
OK here we go. This 1993 Alfa Romeo Spider is black over black interior and has 38,662 miles. Which is astounding given the age of the car. It is of course a convertible, as they all are, and has a manual transmission linking the inline-4 cylinder DOHC 2.0 L engine to the rear wheels.
The seller states that this example – located in Miami Beach – has always been garaged and has been cleaned weekly. It comes with all paperwork, and like the car itself, has a clean title. Keep in mind that this is 1 of only 1956 units which were shipped to the US in 1993.
For more information on this Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce and to contact the owner, click HERE to take you to the craigslist listing. Ciao bella!