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 condition of the example on offer here today is commensurate to its extremely low mileage, and every single MoT since 1994 has been retained by its fastidious owners. Even its factory detachable hard-top has been kept in near-perfect condition as has its soft-top including the rear plastic window.
The car has recently undergone a major service by an Alfa-Romeo specialist with works including removing a replacing the carburettor rubber mount spacer, clutch master cylinder, clutch slave cylinder, clutch flexible hose and a general check and top up for fluids.
Provided with the cars original owner’s manual, this desirable specification Alfa-Romeo Spider is described to be in near-excellent condition throughout and ready to be enjoyed by its new owner.