1779cc DOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
SPICA Mechanical Fuel Injection
111bhp at 5,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
*Iconic Graduate - era Spider
*Classic Italian color combination
*Excellent Spider for hot summer nights
THE ALFA ROMEO SPIDER
Late in 1962, Alfa Romeo debuted the Giulietta's ostensible replacement, the Giulia, although production of the earlier car continued into 1964. The Giulia, initially a Berlina, featured a 1,570cc four rated at 92bhp and a five-speed gearbox. Sprint coupe and Spider convertible models followed, with engines available in several stages of tune. The suspension had been revised and disc brakes were featured all around.
A new Spider was launched in 1966. Designed by Pininfarina, it featured a rounded tail, sometimes called Osso di Seppia, Italian for cuttlefish bone. At launch it had no specific name, but a company contest soon selected the name "Duetto." Pininfarina also manufactured the monocoque body, which was powered by the 1570 Giulia engine. The model gained its greatest fame as a result of being cast in the 1967 Dustin Hoffman film The Graduate. So faithful was its following that Alfa appended this name to the Series II North American version.
In 1967, a 1,750cc engine was introduced, in Europe with twin carburetors. For the USA, from 1969, SPICA mechanical fuel injection was used. Officially this model was designated 1975 Spider Veloce, but the Duetto moniker was indelible and stuck. Upgrades were also made to the suspension, brakes, electrics, wheels and tires at this time.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Graduate to an icon this Summer! Here is a tidy boattail Alfa which has recently emerged from long term ownership locally. Over the last few years, the Alfa has received considerable recent work to it, with expenditure on the brakes all round, a fresh tune up and detailing. Contemporary upgrades include a roll over hoop for added safety, five spoke EWA alloy wheels.
Reported by its owner to be driving well, when inspected the car started on the button and its revvy engine sounded in good fettle. A red Alfa Spider conjures up many reveries, but none so vivid as smitten Ben Braddock racing to Santa Barbara. Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson...