Alfa Romeo Spider (1966-1993) | Buying guide | Octane

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Alfa Romeo Spider

Alfa Romeo Spider

(1966-1993)

The Alfa Romeo Spider was built for nearly three decades, leaving a wide choice that could confuse the uninitiated. Here’s how to buy well

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MODEL HISTORY

1966 Pretty Pininfarina-styled Duetto appears. Boat-tail styling earns it the nickname Osso di Seppia (‘cuttlefish’). All are assembled by Pininfarina; power from 109bhp 1570cc twin-cam.

1967 118bhp 1750 Spider Veloce replaces the Duetto; boat-tail styling remains.

1968 More basic 1300 Junior is introduced, previewing the exposed-headlamp look that comes with the US and later cars. Even this smallest engine is lusty, with 90bhp on tap. Fewer than 1000 boat-tails were built in right-hand drive.

1970 Kamm-tailed S2 1750 Spider Veloce arrives, offering more boot space and less style. Revised grille and windscreen (with shallower angle) are the most obvious changes, although attractive new doorhandles and top-hinged pedals (LHD only) are small changes. 1600 production ceases; 1300 Junior continues.

1971 2000 Spider Veloce brings 132bhp 1962cc twin-cam.

1972 1600 is reintroduced as the new Junior model.

1977 RHD production ceases, with a few cars being registered as late as 1978-79. 1300 Junior ceases production in LHD.

1982 All Spider models receive a heavy cosmetic make-over in an attempt to keep the car fresh in a market with fewer rivals to fight against. Main visual differences are the more substantial impact bumpers, grille and black rubber boot spoiler. All subsequent British-market Spiders are converted to right-hand drive in the UK.

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1986 Interior receives a new dashboard and seats. Quadrifoglio Verde model with side-skirts and uprated interior is added.

1988 Bosch L-Jetronic electronic fuel injection is now standard globally on the 2000 model.

1990 Spider mutates into S4 guise. Side-skirts are now standard, although slimmer than before, and impact bumpers are redesigned and painted in body colour. Biggest visual difference is the new bootlid and slimmer tail lamps, for a sleeker look than the S3. Mechanically, the 2000 is improved with the fitment of Bosch Motronic engine management.

All UK cars are still converted locally.

1993 Production ends, making this Alfa Romeo’s final rear-wheel-drive mass-produced car.

SPECIFICATIONS

1966 Alfa Romeo Duetto 1600

Engine 1570cc four-cylinder, DOHC,  twin Weber 40 DCOE 27 carburettors

Power 109bhp @ 6000rpm

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