The car ran faultlessly and was a joy to drive all day. Highly recommended.
From $195 per day or less, drive the motherlode of all classics. Thoroughly original and in superb condition, our 1975 Alfa Romeo Spider Series 2 for hire, is resplendent in period lemon ‘n lime and ripe for driving with zest around our Mediterranean style vineyards and twisting coastal roads. She may be a classic, but with nearly new seats and folding fabric roof, you’ll be amply comfortable as you enjoy an iconic motoring pleasure available to very few.
It’s not just us waxing lyrical – click for the review by NZ Classic Driver magazine of OUR car!
Features and Specification
- Umm, nice new seats with headrests?!
- Oh, a wooden steering wheel…
No modern safety features except:
- Servo assisted disc brakes all round
- Inertia reel seat belts
- High level brake light
Ride = Bouncy!
- Seats 2
- Note: Difficult for drivers over 6 foot!
- Luggage Space = Excellent
- Boot space roof up = 100 x 65 x 33 (cm LWH)
- Boot space roof down = as above
- Also significant storage space on rear seats 30 x 80 x 55 (cm LWH)
- 2.0 litre Twin Cam
- Manual 5 speed transmission
Stephen was brilliant to deal with – really friendly, thorough and knowledgeable about the car… As for the car, my husband rated driving it as one of the highlights of his wedding day. It was such a brilliant experience to be driving along in Abel Tasman in such a beautiful car with the top down – absolutely unforgettable.
She looked and drove beautifully and was 100% reliable.
…. the car was exactly as described, and we had a good walk through prior to starting our trip to familiarise ourselves with it. Loved it, cruising with the top down was the cherry on top to our amazing weekend away.
Simply the perfect old little beast for the mountain roads of NZ! Really the perfect setup for our last day in this beautiful country!
We had a fantastic experience. The car was awesome and I can only recommend anyone who likes this kind of flashback to use them. My dream car, always will be.
…had 3 days of joy and pleasure! She ran like a dream and took me back to the 70’s and the days of my own Alfa and real cars and driving. What a way to explore and experience this amazing country….we will be back!
Wonderful, wonderful weekend in the lovely Alfa!! Nelson to Blenheim was a dream despite the rain. Thank you!!
1975 Alfa Romeo Spider Series 2 (2 seater manual)
“If your idea of driving fun is to sit back and enjoy the sights, sounds and feel of exquisite 1970s Italian style and engineering, the Spider will dazzle and delight.”
Andrew Frankel, The Telegraph
What's she like to drive?
Entertaining, enchanting and invigorating. This rare instrument of delight has a lovely mechanical timbre, with zesty notes of lemon and lime and overtones of wanderlust euphoria….although it’s possible I’m mixing my vineyard, automotive and musical metaphors somewhat….hey let’s forget the words, just watch the video…
What do I need to get used to?
Apart from being the unavoidable centre of attention in that lemon n lime curvaceous classic? Well there are a few practicalities in going back to the 70’s, (or 60’s really), that you need to be realistic, as well as romantic about. Firstly the long throw gears won’t like the effects of being hurried, (and neither will your ears), but best suit a languid, almost rhythmic change. New electronic ignition aids starting from cold, but the floor mounted pedals which are offset slightly to the right of the steering wheel and tilt slightly forward, may take some getting used to. As for keeping your windscreen watered, well it’s probably easier to get your passenger to lean over the frame and squirt from your plastic drinking bottle than use the floor mounted washer pump but hey it does work and it’s certainly an idiosyncratic talking point.
Things harder to adjust to and that may make you think twice if you’re much over 6ft, is not the lack of headroom which is generous with the roof up, (and really generous with it down). It’s more the fact you’ll likely be having to wrap your knees around and under the steering wheel to change gear and brake, along with it suiting ‘gorilla style’ driving i.e. not beating your chest at fellow motorists who drive like Italians, but rather being suited to a long arms, short (and offset) legs position. The ride is quite bouncy and noise can be fairly intrusive at speed. The steering can feel vague compared to modern cars, but then it tightens as you turn into corners more, plus it’s not power assisted, so you’ll find parking needs a fair bit more effort than modern counterparts.
Still with us? Well your rewards are there’s absolutely oodles of luggage space for the Chianti, the burbly exhaust and twin cam that comes alive and starts to sing with revs from a well blipped throttle, it can zoom up mountain passes and can’t fail to put a smile on your face. We’ve had clients say it was far more civilised, usable and comfortable than they were expecting. And this is one of a few places in the entire world you can actually hire and drive one of these iconic delights….so treat yourself while you still can!
What about safety and reliability?
Yes an Alfa Romeo Spider S2 is a 40+ years older classic and yes it is an Alfa Romeo which doesn’t sound like a great combination in the reliability stakes. However this one has had a lot of attention and new parts lavished on her, she’s regularly serviced and has to pass the Certificate of Fitness (CoF) test required for all rental cars every 6 months. Her first hire was a 23 day 2500km+ South Island tour in high summer with no issues! Given the age of the car with only basic safety designs compared to modern cars though, the only driver safety aid along with the servo assisted disc brakes, inertia reel 3 point safety belts, high level brake light and a horn built for driving in Rome is….you, the driver. Hence do ensure you drive appropriately to the car and road conditions, planning your manoeuvres on sharp braking and turn in reasonably well ahead. The 2 litre engine has no issue in keeping up with modern traffic or climbing big hills though!
What condition is she in?
Peachy, although the colour is more lemon but she’s certainly not one of those. Nothing is at all tatty inside or out. The vinyl seats, fabric roof and rear perspex window have been recently refreshed, and everything essential is in good working order, even the heater….not that you’ll need that much…!
How much luggage can fit?
A surprisingly good amount of multiple soft bags. The boot while shallow is big and broad plus you have loads of extra storage space on the rear bench seats, (she’s only for hire as a 2 seater remember). Please refer to the Seating & Luggage tab above for exact dimensions.
And the best driving tracks from the same year as the car would be?
Glam, rock, big sparkle & bigger spectacles – groooovy baby. The best music from 1975 to accompany a spirited drive in this car would be:
- Listen To What The Man Said – Wings
- December ’63 – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
- Shining Star – Earth, Wind & Fire
We acknowledge driving music is a very subjective thing, but clearly here, we’re right. So download, hire our Portable Bluetooth Speaker & enjoy!
Check out the rest of our classic best road trip driving tracks here and put RentAClassic on your play list…
How fast will she go Mister?
Hey this isn’t all about quantity, it’s more about style….but have you heard of a slow Italian sports car….?
How would a certain Mr Clarkson describe it?
“….if you are after stylish motoring, the sort where your hair is held in place with a Hermes headscarf, the Alfa Romeo Spider S2 runs rings round a flashy Ferrari or the Mazda MX5 with all the personality of a Sony Walkman….”
And the RentAClassic description for the Alfa Romeo Spider S2?
“…bella, bella, macchina….afferrare la vostra sciarpa!“
Satellite Navigation Hire
Satellite navigation unit hire is not available with this car due to lack of a cigarette lighter socket to power such.
Portable Speaker Hire
Beam your perfect cruising soundtracks to our best in class UE Roll Bluetooth speaker! $15 per 24 hours.
Pack a picnic
Hire a picnic hamper with settings for 2 or 4, (minus food & drink), plus rug. $30 for 24 hours.