Some of the most beautiful cars in the world have come straight out of Italy. Take the Alfa Romeo Spider, for instance. It may have been considered a “poor man’s Ferrari,” but the classic Pininfarina design and its twin-cam engine made it legendary. Of course, there is also the Lamborghini Murcielago, Maserati Bora, and Ferrari Enzo, among many others. Ferraris, Lambos, and Maseratis aside, I’m here today to talk about another Alfa Romeo Spider, but this time, it’s not one that was built from 1966 to 1993.

I’m talking about the Alfa Romeo 4C, specifically one that was customized in collaboration with Garage Italia Customs. The company’s main focus for each project car is to focus on the personality of each client, making each car just as unique as the person that owns it. I’ve seen some pretty wild modifications made to cars in my day, but this one is flat out elegant in every way.

The Alfa Romeo 4C comes a 1.7-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts out 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It has been on my wish list for years, but I never thought I would see one modified to the extent of the 4C by Garage Italia Customs.

What Makes the 4C Spider By Garage Italia Customs Special?

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The Alfa Romeo 4C by Garage Italia Customs stands out in every what you can imagine. On the outside, matte pearl gradient effect paint blends down from the carbon fiber roof into Accursio Red, giving the car a flat, but reflective two-tone finish. The engine’s cover is also painted with the same Accursio Red paint, and accents the exterior color scheme through the clear rear window. Adding to the unique exterior scheme are dark gold wheels that have five circular spokes.

Inside the 4C is where the real magic comes into play, and you’ve got to admit, the interior is fit for a king. The dash, door panels, center console steering wheel, and seats are all wrapped in black and red Alcantara that really brings the exterior and interior color schemes together as one. Special shading was used on the windshield pillars.

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Unfortunately, that’s where the modification stops. Aside from the aforementioned engine cover, the drivetrain on this 4C appears to remain untouched. Then again, when you have something as exclusive as an Alcantara interior, who really needs to push incredible performance numbers. To me, this car represents the incredible Italian craftsmanship that easily stands out all over the world. Just looking at the quality of workmanship that went into flawlessly garnishing the car is a clear reminder of how great the Italians are at automobile design.

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

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The 4C debuted back in 2011 as a small rear-wheel drive sports car. In concept form, the car was perceived as a model that displayed futuristic styling, and it was widely believed the car would never make it into production. Then, in a crazy twist, Alfa Romeo pressed the go button and made it a production model. It is also the first mass-produced car from Alfa Romeo to re-enter the U.S. market.

The car currently starts at $53,900 for the 4C coupe and $63,900 for the 4C spider. The 4C’s 240 horsepower, four-cylinder engine pushes the 4C to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and onto a top speed of 160 mph via a six-speed automated manual transmission. The quick acceleration and top speed is made possible by the carbon fiber Monocoque chassis that allows the car to tip the scales at just 1,973 pounds.

Read our full review on the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider here.

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Gracing the stand, there’s also a special 4C Coupè, the result of a collaboration between Alfa Romeo and Garage Italia Customs. Lapo Elkann’s company creates tailor-made projects focusing on the unique personality of each type of client. The external finish of the 4C on display features a matte pearl gradient effect paint that goes from a black carbon fibre roof to "Accursio" red in the lower part. The engine cover has the same shading, thus completing the effect, thanks to the clear rear window revealing the colours and mechanics. The extensive use of Alcantara gives the car an additional exclusive feel: in black and red, on seats, door panels, roof rack and dashboard, with a special shading on the windshield pillars. The 4C Coupè, by Garage Italia Customs, therefore represents the modern evolution of the excellence of Italian craftsmanship in the world: the incredible experience at the wheel of an Alfa Romeo 4C is unique and unparalleled.

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