• Jul 31, 2007
Whoa. Monday came and went entirely too fast, and in our haste to get all the news that's fit to post up for your adoring eyes, we spaced on our Reader Ride feature. That's okay though, since this Alfa was worth the wait.

Paul Blathwayt was kind enough to share a few shots of his brand-spankin' new 2007 Alfa Romeo Spider with us, and although the details are scarce, we think it definitely deserves its fifteen-minutes of fame. Equipped with the 2.2-liter petrol engine, this Misano Blue model was the first Spider the dealer had ever seen in this particular hue. Paul was smart enough to snatch it up less than two months ago, and decided to take a few pics so he can feel our envy abroad. When the 8C comes this direction next year, we'd be more than pleased to see a few of these stashed on the boat ride over.

Two more photos are posted after the jump, and if you haven't done so already, be sure to submit your own ride to our Flickr pool by following the directions after the jump.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I've seen a couple of the hatchbacks down in Mexico.
      Very nice cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i hate to be the one to say it, but i don't see why this should be the RR of the day.

      don't get me wrong, i LOVE this car (it's in my screensaver pics) and would give 1 1/2 kidneys to have it (gorgeous color too) but it really seems to go against the spirit of RR, which, as Damon himself put it last week, is "so we can showcase what the majority of us roll on a daily basis." The last featured "ride is exactly the kind of thing we're into; a rather staid means of transport that is well loved by its owner."

      i personally believe that the only exception to this rule should be the older classic cars like the E-type and/or that NSX from awhile back. i think the key is love... and not love as in, honeymoon-period-love, but love as in been-through-hell-but-you're-still-my-baby kind of love. i would say any car purchased--much less manufactured--within a year or two ago i don't think should qualify, no matter how lovely, rare, expensive, desirable, etc. just my 2c.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I have to differ with you TL. The Spider is not a massively pricey car, and I'd be willing to bet that Paul LOVES this machine as much as any gearhead loves their wheels. An 8C would fall into your exclusion criteria, but not a new Spider. The only real criteria here is that the car is owned by one of us... that is an Autoblog reader. This one fits the bill.

        Don't limit the choice of Reader Ride by any criteria other than readership. I want to see them all... totally stock, massively modified, brand new, really old, vintage & classics, family heirlooms, and rusty beaters!

        I'm the guy with the E-type from last year's RRotD BTW. It is currently off the road while the steering rack is rebuilt. The goal is to have it running again by August 9th when I'm (ironically) scheduled to run the Oregon Alfa club's Monte Shelton Northwest Classic Vintage Rally. Then in September I'm going on a road trip out to Montana in it to once again run the "Going to the Sun Rally"... should be a blast.

        --chuck
        http://chuck.goolsbee.org
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree. The majority of us do not roll around in brand new cars either. Nix the 'new' vehicles from the list, and nix the totally stock ones, unless there is good reason for them to be stock. If they're classics, cool, keep them stock, but if it's something new... I mean, who cares? This one for example. They make thousands of them in this color. Big effing deal if the 'dealer' had never seen one in this hue.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, that car looks amazing, definitely sell well in North America!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dont get me wrong, I think alfa's are amazing looking. But something about the high price and FF layout, even w/AWD doesnt seem worth it. I love SAAB too, and they remind me of eachother in a underpowered FWD but nice looking sort of way
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thank You. I don't get to see these often (ever).

      From: Alfa Fan in the USA
      • 7 Years Ago
      Saw the sedan in Italy back in June, and it looked amazing. The Spider is phenomenal!