I bought what was probably one of the last, new in November 2010. I think the 1.8 spider was only produced for about six months at the end of 2010, because Pininfarina, who manufactured them for Alfa, had problems. I've only done a handful of miles in mine, as it's used only at weekends, but I love it. You have to remember that it's a cruiser rather than a light weight sports car, but this engine is smooth, reasonably economical, is quick enough and does everything I want it to. I've had problems with the top wearing (was replaced under warranty), and the battery was replaced recently, but the engine had been superb. My advice is to get one if you can find one.