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To many enthusiasts Alfa Romeo is the shining star of Italian sports cars. From its Grand Prix dominating Alfetta to the classic design of its cars and its legendary twin-cam four-cylinder engine, the Milan automaker has always accomplished a lot with a little. And Alfa#39;s beloved series of 1966 to 1994 Spider sports cars stands as proof of that premise. (It should be noted that while the cars.

To many enthusiasts Alfa Romeo is the shining star of Italian sports cars. From its Grand Prix dominating Alfetta to the classic design of its cars and its legendary twin-cam four-cylinder engine, the Milan automaker has always accomplished a lot with a little. And Alfa#39;s beloved series of 1966 to 1994 Spider sports cars stands as proof of that premise. (It should be noted that while the cars of this series are frequently called Spiders, the term is actually a generic designation for an open-top sports car.)

Alfa Romeo#39;s 105-series-based open-top sports car was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show of 1966. The first of the range was originally called the 1600 Spider, but following a contest to select a formal name, it became known as the Duetto Spider. Built on the unibody Giulia platform, it was powered by a 109-horsepower 1570-cc version of the fabulous twin-cam aluminum Alfa four.

The new sports car was designed by Pininfarina and was the last project of that company#39;s founder, Battista Pinin Farina. With a simple rounded shape that tapered to both the front and the rear, its design alone was enough to render it classic. However, its starring cinematic role alongside Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate cemented its place in automotive history.

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In 1968 an entry-level Spider 1300 with a smaller 1290-cc engine joined the fray. While it captured the look of the original, the excitement was missing. The 1750 Spider Veloce was introduced in 1970.

With its 1779-cc engine generating 118 horsepower, it offered a performance boost in comparison to the original Spider. On a less happy note, the Duetto#39;s distinctive elongated tail had given way to a more conventional rear look. While that change may have resulted in a less dramatic appearance, it improved trunk space.

A still larger 132-horsepower engine followed soon thereafter, as did a new name: 2000 Spider Veloce. Another junior Spider, this time a 1600, was added to provide a mid-range offering between the top-of-the-line Veloce and the entry-level 1300. However this new 1600 was not exported to the U.S.

In 1983 Alfa sent the Spider to ugly school, fitting it with large black-rubber front and rear bumpers. In all fairness, the car was still a looker, but most felt it paled in comparison to its predecessors. For 1986, Alfa gussied up the Spider a bit with skirts, mirrors, spoilers, a removable hardtop, and a Quadrifoglio Verde (green four-leaf clover) badge.

The black bumpers finally went away with the last version of the Spider, which premiered in the home market for 1990 and came to the U.S. in 1991. U.S. models were badged as Spider and Spider Veloce, with the latter getting leather seats and larger alloy wheels. The range was put to rest in 1993, although a Spider Commemorative Edition was sold in the U.S. as a 1994 model.

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