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1975 Alfa Romeo Spider Series 2

Available in NELSON

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.




2.0 litre


Day 1
2nd - 5th Day
6th - 9th Day
Day 10 & over
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Day 1
2nd - 5th Day
6th - 9th Day
Day 10 & over
Please Enquire
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All cars come with unlimited km, comprehensive insurance & roadside assistance for both islands, plus insurance excess reduction options. We also provide a personalised familarisation session and documentation for your car. 

The car you see here is the car you’ll get. A 20% deposit using secure payment facilities reserves your unique car and dates, so why not….

Features and Specification

  • Umm, nice new seats with headrests?!
  • Oh, a wooden steering wheel…
Safety Rating: Not Available

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


Our genuine customer comments on driving this classic below....

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….

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 not graunching going into second gear is an achievement and none of the gears 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. Braking won’t feel as progressive or strong as you might be used to, but this model was advanced for its time in having disc brakes all round. 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 2,500km+ South Island tour in high summer with no issues, and has had just one failure to proceed since, due to a failed alternator/regulator. 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… 

Bring Your Own Tunes enabled!

This car is equipped with Aux In for 3.5 jack cable and/or Bluetooth enabled connection to your Smartphone or media device to play your own sounds through the car stereo!

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! 

What's important to you?


Different strokes for different folks….

Do you want sensible things like comfort, luggage space, affordability (OK….)….

or more indulgent stuff like luxury, handling and powwwwerrrrr (yeah)?!

We think all our cars are totally brilliant, but here’s how this Alfa compares to our other cars on some key rental criteria.

Not so hot
CHARACTER e.g. rarity, personality, that je ne sais quoi, joie de vivre!
RELIABILITY e.g. how few issues has this vehicle had
LUGGAGE SPACE e.g. behind front seats, in boot & how roof affects
ECONOMY e.g. fuel efficiency, grade required
HANDLING e.g. chuck-ability, poise, fun!
COMFORT e.g. space for two, suppleness of ride, noise insulation
EASE of DRIVING e.g. auto or manual gears, ease of main controls
LUXURY e.g. quality, number of gadgets
PERFORMANCE e.g. power, acceleration
AFFORDABILITY e.g. daily rate, standard excess
SAFETY e.g. modernity and number of safety features

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Navman GPS Satellite Navigation Unit (not With MG/Alfa Spider S2) - $15nzd

GPS Satellite Navigation Hire

Superior to most phone apps, with clear spoken directions and places of interest. $15 per 24 hours.

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Special Extras to make it extra special...
UE Roll Bluetooth Portable Speaker - Link To SmartPhone - $15nzd

Portable Speaker Hire

Beam your best cruising tracks to our best in class UE Roll Bluetooth speaker! $15 per 24 hours.

Pack a picnic and rug

Hire a picnic hamper with all the settings for 2, (minus food and drink), plus a comfy rug. $30 per 24 hours.

Ready to hire?

All cars come with unlimited km, comprehensive insurance & roadside assistance for both islands, plus insurance excess reduction options. We also provide a personalised familarisation session and documentation for your car. 

The car you see here is the car you’ll get. A 20% deposit using secure payment facilities reserves your unique car and dates, so why not….

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