Handbook says not, but the electrics/hydraulics seem fine anyway - it's just the bulk of the mechanism running out of line, things getting out of sync, parts clashing etc.
I printed off Alfa Workshop's excellent guide How to get the hood on a Brera Spider back up if it fails
last night with some of their photos enlarged and printed out separately, and got it all fully up, sealed and weather-tight first thing this morning in my garage. I was almost jumping for joy when both windows popped fully back up!
Many, many thanks to Alfa Workshop.
If I'd had any sense I'd have had them in the glove box all ready for an emergency - the owner's manual is absolute pants in comparison to the AW guide.
I'd advise ALL Spider owners to read their guide and either print off or be able to access it in the event of roof problems.
I now have 100% confidence in fully dropping the roof and raising it again by hand, including the locking front and rear and altering the flaps.
I've just taken it down to the bodyshop to have them look at the crumpled metal, thankfully they can sort it for £150, so it's booked in for the 25th & 26th of this month. Quite pleased about that. The last time I was there they couldn't help when when the boot lid got damaged - I finished up having to get a whole new lid.
Once that's been done I'm going to book it in with the convertible specialist who does odd bits of work every blue moon - so no idea when that'll be, and I've never met the guy.
The outcome of that will determine whether I have to part/ex the thing or try and sell privately. A couple of members on here have expressed an interest, but I wouldn't try and sell it until it's something like what I'd be happy to buy.
One thing I'm certain about is that I'll never own another convertible. So Porsche Boxster and Z4 M Sport are off what was never a great shortlist to start with.
Attached photo of the damage, which I guess could've been worse. It doesn't look much but was a horrible sight with the rear deck in the vertical position scraping/jammed against the boot lid, and then having to drive 10 miles with it at around 45 degrees but still wedged.