The Alfa Romeo 4C is no more, but it will be heading for classic status sooner than you think. With a few Limited Editions released during its short production run, the ’50th Anniversary’ seems an appropriate edition to cover. Despite a number of owners having a love-hate relationship with the 4C, its popularity will only increase over time.
This open-top only edition came about as an anniversary to mark the 50 years since the first ‘Spyder’ was released by Alfa Romeo in 1966. The Limited Edition being launched in January 2016 for an impressive £67,800. Loaded with Carbon fibre and small detail tricks, this was a fairly quick sell out for the 4C.
The interior had carbon fibre instrument panel, sports leather seats with detailed contrasting stitching and a matching leather dashboard. Nice touches.
Another feature of this edition, it was only sold in the UK. It was only available in 3 colours Competizione Red, Madreperla White (Pearl effect) and Giallo Prototipo (yellow)
One of the instant things to spot is the unique flag on the mirrors. This was for the 50th edition only. So the outside hosted the wing mirror badge, these are prone to falling off and not every car has them anymore… so don’t think it isn’t a 50th without them… some cars have even lost the unique number edition on the centre console.
But the main event is the interior badge, giving the editions a unique number
A lovely feature with any edition is having that something special, in this case, it was the bespoke Caracalla Limited Edition leather travel bag that had been designed to fit the car. the stitching of the bag matched the colour of your car.
With this edition being a UK-only feature I’m gathering the numbers to fit the colours… It’s thought 10 were made in Yellow, 15 in White and 25 in Red but let’s see how the numbers add up first before taking one person’s information. One car is still unregistered, believed to be in dealer stock (or most likely with Alfa UK). The former Chris Variava Alfa Romeo dealer of Nottingham had sold at least 6 cars originally but is probably more likely double that amount… This is now loosely the same company trading as Auto100 and they have a constant stream of these editions and let’s be honest, possibly a safe bet if you’re looking for one.
Now, the total number of cars is not all in the UK. One is in Hong Kong. There are as many as 10 in Northern Ireland. And there is a white one in Cyprus, sold from the UK.
Exciting news that one is now living the high life in New Zealand! It’s No:35 in Red and is believed to be the original Press Car. It has all the luggage and car cover. More pictures to follow soon.
So up to now, I have 36 cars of all colours, so need a little help. Let me know of your car so it can be added to confirm this great limited edition future classic.
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