A bright red Alfa Romeo Spider was driven by Ben, Dustin Hoffman's character, in the movie The Graduate to the strains of the folk pop duo Simon & Garfunkel. It made a star of the actor, Dustin Hoffman, who hadn't acted before, the singing duo, and that bright red Alfa Romeo.
The 1967 Duetto is a two-seat convertible produced by the Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo from 1966 to 1993. Widely regarded as a design classic, it remained in production for almost three decades with only minor aesthetic and mechanical changes. It has become one of the most accessible cult Italian automobiles.
It had many wonderful features: a responsive all-alloy twin-cam engine, accurate steering, sensitive brakes, a finely balanced chassis, and great looks. No wonder, the Spider sold over 100,000 units during less than three decades of its production run despite the same price tag as the much faster Jaguar E-Type (which could do 150 mph).
The Spider had huge trunks by sports car standards, the spare wheel neatly tucked away under the trunk floor It had dual Weber two-barrel side-draft carburetors, and produced 109 hp (81 kW). Sparsely fitted inside but including five speed manual transmission and independent front suspension, the car cost just $41 less than a comparable Lotus Elan in the US ($3,950).
The 1967 Alfa Romeo Spider
Production 100,000 units
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