Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

The popular Giulia Spider, a mainstay of Alfa Romeo, found its replacement with the Duetto Spider, which debuted at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. With a clean, Pininfarina-designed body that was inspired by a 1959 design study based on a Disco Volante chassis, the Duetto captivated the public with its sleek and sporty lines. Reliability and performance were strong, with the majority of the new car’s mechanical components carried over unaltered from the proven Giulia. The “Duetto” name resulted from a winning entry in a name-the-car contest, aptly reflecting the car’s recurring theme of two – two camshafts, two carburetors, and two seats for the two occupants to sing together while motoring.

The public’s love for the new Duetto exploded when a young Dustin Hoffman drove one in the landmark 1968 film, The Graduate. Impressively, the essence and the attractive basic styling of the Duetto survived largely intact throughout a lengthy production cycle that extended well into the 1990s. However, these early cars from the late 1960s, with their signature round-tail design, have remained the most desirable to the sports car enthusiasts and collectors of today.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

125bhp, 1,570 cc inline four-cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts, dual Weber carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length control arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, rigid rear axle with trailing lower radius arms, upper A-bracket and coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 88.6"

Source: RM Auctions

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