Alfa Romeo Spider

The Alfa Romeo Spider or Duetto as it was originally known ,is one the most iconic open top sports cars. It was built with various modifications from 1966 until 1993.

It’s origins were even earlier. The first prototype was shown at the Turin Motor Show in 1961 and the production version was launched at the March 1966 Geneva Motor Show.

Alfa Romeo Duetto
Alfa Romeo Duetto, photo by John Filiss

The car was designed by Pininfarina and was so beautiful, that it was hardly changed.

Production can be split into four stages

  • Series 1 – 1966–1969
  • Series 2 – 1970–1982
  • Series 3 – 1983–1989
  • Series 4 – 1990–1993
Alfa Romeo Spider Junior 1.6 from 1974 (second generation)
Alfa Romeo Spider Junior 1.6 from 1974 (second generation), photo details
Alfa Romeo Spider, third generation, photo by Dirk Ingo Franke
Alfa Romeo Spider, third generation, photo by Dirk Ingo Franke
Alfa Romeo Spider, 4th generation, photo by Stefan Bauer
Alfa Romeo Spider, 4th generation, photo by Stefan Bauer

Motoring Videos

1974 Alfa Romeo Spider

A tribute to the Alfa Romeo Spider – photos, to Simon & Garfunkel

Classic sports cars

Dustin Hoffman drives the Spider in The Graduate

Scale Models Of The Alfa Romeo Spider

Models I’ve seen for sale include:

  • 1:18 Autoart
  • 1:18 Minichamps (police)
  • 1:24 Altaya
  • 1:24 Fabbri
  • 1:43 ARS
  • 1:43 Maxi
  • 1:43 Metro
  • 1:43 Wemi

I’ve been tempted by an Autoart 1:18 scale model but I haven’t give in (yet).

I’ve made it easy for you to check what models are available at what price from these websites:

eBay

Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Collectable Diecast – a specialist model retailer in America

Please check the search results carefully. A number of soft top Alfas have just been called Spider. If you’re unsure, look for a reference to dates between 1966 and 1993.

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