The 1967 Alfa Romeo Spider

    1967 Alfa Romeo Spider (Duetto)

    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.

    Unnamed at launch, the name "Duetto" was chosen after Alfa Romeo, the Italian automaker held a worldwide competition to find a name for the new car. It was first launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966.

    1967 Red Alfa Romeo Duetto RVL

    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 Spider's contemporary design makes it one of Alfa Romeo's great postwar cars. It was even called a poor man's Ferrari.

    The 1967 Alfa Romeo Spider

    1967 Alfa Romeo Spider Specs

    Production  100,000 units

    Body Style  convertible

    Engines  Four-cylinder  1570 cc

    Power Output  125 hp at 6500 rpm

    Transmission   Five-speed Manual

    Maximum Speed  114 mph

    0-60 mph  9.9 sec

    1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto

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