Well folks I have just bought a 97 2.0 (I have stated 98 elsewhere) Alfa Spider Lusso.
That looks FANTASTIC!
I've never seen red paint in such good condition on a Spider.
Ironically I've just agreed to buy a similar phase-1 red Spider (I already have a phase-2) - absolute madness, the one I've bought is in rough condition, but it's a straight and original car and the price is right (umm, one-quarter the price of my other Spider
) I'm going to save it from being wrecked. Pictures/thread to follow
Yours gives me inspiration... Meanwhile I've written about sticky plastics at great length in the 166 section. It's difficult stuff to deal with, I find rubbing with meths followed by a scrub with Scotchbrite (in hot soapy water) is the best preparation, then matt black spraypaint. Gloss body colour is also a possibility, might help to lift a dark interior? I'm thinking about matt silver too. My seats (cloth) are stuffed so will be getting a custom re-trim, again perhaps in a light colour.
The GTV/Spider predates the 156/166 - it's more a 145/146 with trick rear suspension. Also a bit of 164 in the mix (original Proteo concept was based on a 164). I had to replace my Spider's rear wheel bearings and found no parts in common with 156 - even brake rotors were slightly different - so parts are a problem here in NZ, but seem to be easy to get in England. I want to get in a free plug for EB Spares at this point; maybe expensive but they really care about their overseas customers, very efficient
Genuine parts arrived in a few days.