The Italian co-star Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft had in the 1967 film The Graduate, a sleek red Alfa Romeo ‘Duetto’ Spider, brought the great marque to the attention of millions who had never heard the name before. It also set a new expectation for stylish, fun open-top driving, with a level of sophistication that artfully slotted in somewhere between Fiat and Ferrari.
Through a production run from 1966 until 1994, the evergreen Alfa Spider defined open air sporty motoring for decades. Steady development kept the Spider current through cycles of US emissions and safety requirements and Alfa Romeo found better ways to meet those demands as the years went on. A major advance was the arrival of Bosch electronic fuel injection in 1982, which allowed a measure of performance to return while meeting ever more stringent regulations.
The exceptionally well presented Spider on sale today comes from a large UK collection. Most recently it has benefited with 2,600 pound expenditure – converting it to Webber carburettors. Driving beautifully this elegant little Italian sports car is now ready for summer use by its lucky new custodian. For fun per pound per mile, few cars can equal the Alfa Spider. It’s an enjoyable companion for long weekend drives or simply for making running Saturday errands feel a bit more like the Mille Miglia.