A fantastic way to see the South Island. A lovely car in fantastic condition which drove wonderfully and had so many appreciative looks and comments we felt almost embarrassed!
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From $160 per day or less, drive the motherlode of all classics….updated! Almost identical in shape and layout to our 1970s Alfa Spider, the series 4 has been endowed with some thoroughly useful modern updates such as fuel injection, power steering, and a nicely sculptured backside. What it’s kept is the superb fun sports character. Adorned in the classic Alfa red, you know you’ll be basking in the sunshine, admiring looks and a wonderful sense of enjoyment.
Features and Specification
- Power Steering
- Electric Windows
- Alcantara seats
No modern safety features except:
- Inertia reel seat belts
- Disc brakes
- High level brake light
Ride = Balanced
- Seats 2
- Luggage Space = Excellent
- Boot space roof up = 100 x 65 x 33 (cm LWH)
- Boot space roof down = as above
- Also significant storage space behind the seats 80 x 30 x 55 (cm LWH)
- 2.0 litre fuel injected
- Manual 5 speed transmission
It cornered like a dream and has converted us to convertibles! A real head turner for the weekend away.
A truly unique and wonderful experience. A far more exciting and enjoyable option than renting a car from a major operator and added lots to the trip and created some very special memories. Customer service was excellent and the car in immaculate condition.
Absolute dream to drive. This car all makes sense on the fine twisties and hairpins, couldn’t be more fun.
It’s a fabulous little car and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
NZ roads must surely be the best kept secret in the motoring world.
Fantastic car with heaps of character, turns heads and gets appreciative nods regularly! Recommend Belgrove > St Arnaud > SH6 to Nelson loop on a sunny day!
We had a great trip. A great way to see Nelson and surrounds. A great little car for cruising around. Beautifully maintained, economical. A bit of fun and nostalgia.
The car is in beautiful condition…Stephen gave an excellent briefing then I was away on heaven’s roads.…I had forgotten just how delightful these cars are – just brilliant. Highly recommended – thanks Stephen!
What's she like to drive?
It’s an entertaining and engaging 2 seater sports car, for those who want the best of all worlds of classic styling, characterful simplicity but with more modern mechanicals.
What do I need to get used to?
Apart from being the unavoidable centre of attention? Well something different is the five speed manual gearbox is mounted more vertically in the dash than horizontally on the floor but it works really well. The ride can feel a little jittery compared to modern cars, especially on poor surfaces, but it settles down at speed. The headroom is OK with the roof up, (and really generous with it down), but if you’re a little on the large side in girth and/or height, e.g. over 6’1″, you’ll be cramped. The roof can be easily unclipped and then thrown back over your head but you’ll need to get out the car to raise it again….but then you get another chance to admire it from the outside.
The driving experience is a delight – the two litre engine loves to rev, the gear changes are crisp and it’s a fun, involving drive….with plenty of room for the luggage!
What about safety and reliability?
Yes an Alfa Romeo Spider S4 is a 25+ 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 is well looked after, she’s regularly serviced and has to pass the Certificate of Fitness (CoF) test required for all rental cars every 6 months. Bear in mind you don’t have much in the way of safety features so you as the driver are the main safety aid, but you do get fuel injection and power steering.
What condition is she in?
Really good, nothing is at all tatty inside or out. The fabric roof and rear perspex window are nearly new and will certainly keep you warm and snug.
How much luggage can fit?
A surprisingly good amount of multiple soft bags. The boot while shallow is broad plus you have loads of extra storage space behind the seats. 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?
As per its older brother, one years difference would have caused much debate. For 1993 though the best driving tracks for weaving in this web are:
- If I ever lose my faith in you – Sting
- I put a spell on you – Bryan Ferry
- Fields of gold – Sting
Now 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?
“….you can’t be a true petrolhead until you’ve
owned hired an Alfa Romeo….”
And the RentAClassic description for the Alfa Romeo Spider S4?
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