WAPAKONETA — R.J. Horwitz, of Wapakoneta, is the proud owner of this 1983 Alfa Romeo Spider-Veloce edition. He has owned the car for a long time.
“It’s the only one that I know of in the four-county region,” Horwitz said.
The Alpha Romeo Spider is a two-seat roadster produced from 1966 to 1994. The engine is up front and is rear driven. The car came in three editions, with the Veloce edition being in the middle. The Veloce model included leather seats and air conditioning.
The car was was made famous in the film “The Graduate,” starring Dustin Hoffman. Hoffman’s character was presented with an Alpha Romeo Spider as a graduation present. The car was an instant pop culture icon, thanks to the film.
Horwitz’s car is in pristine condition. It’s original, right down to the paint. It features a two-liter engine with a five-speed transmission.
“The only thing that I have done to the car is I put an LED light for the license plate,” Horwitz said.
Horwitz brought his car to the Westgate Charity Car Show in June. He has always loved these type of cars.
His favorite items about his car are “the sound of the exhaust, shifting the car, the sound of air traveling through the car,” Horwitz said.
His car was built in March of 1983. It weighs 2,877 pounds.
Don’t let the looks of this roadster fool you. It’s not just for summer driving.
“The car was built in the Italian Alps, so it fires up at minus-10 degrees,” Horwitz said.