Sixties icon, the 1600 version was featured in the film ‘The Graduate’ with Dustin Hoffman and the mythical soundtrack by Simon & Garfunkel. The Alfa Romeo Spider has not only marked its generation, but has also lasted the test of time, remaining in production all the way until 1993, with its various evolutions over the years. We have been able to take for a test drive a Veloce 1750 version.
(The film is in French but English subtitles are available)
Introduced in 1966, the Spider first received the name Duetto: a name that lasted only one year and only for the 1600 cc version. By 1967 appeared the 1750 cc version called the Spider Veloce. It still had its rear « cuttlebone » shape (or coda longa) accredited to Pininfarina. It was also Pininfarina assigned with producing the car at its Grugliasco factory, alongside the Alfa’s main Italian competitor, the Fiat 124.
Enjoyable and lively, with its fantastic and typical sounding 1750 cc Alfa Romeo DOHC engine, the Spider is a driving pleasure that is particularly sought after in its early Coda Longa version… (from 1970, the Spider evolves stylistically to become the ‘coda tronca’). The early models start at around 50 000 euros minimum for a beautiful one.
Read the story of an Alfa Romeo Spider owner here.