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The Spotlight On The Classic Alfa Romeo Spider

There are a few things that can set a car apart from another. The most noticeable of all, even in the eyes of non-car enthusiasts, is the appearance of the vehicle.

Chances are you’ve seen a Alfa Romeo Spider.

Why?

Well, it’s beautiful, it was mass made, and many years after it’s initial launch in the 1960’s – it’s one of the most recognizable cars from the iconic Italian brand.

A Short History Lesson

The Alfa Romeo Guilia Spider 1600 and the Guilia Spider Veloce were first introduced in the 1960s. A derivative of the Giulia, it was fitted with a 1.6L engine. As the years passed, it received a few upgrades until it was finally fitted with a 2000 L engine. The spider is a well-loved vehicle and has been in production from the 1960s until the 1990s.

The basic shape of the Spider is inspired by the Alfa Romeo Superflow. It’s aerodynamic and futuristic shape was truly unique for its time. The design was finalized in 1961 but the Spider wasn’t launched to the public until 1965 due to the brand’s economic issues. Following the first release of the first series, 3 more series were released.

  • Series 1 – In production from 1966-1969, this series had a twin cam engine and was almost named “Duetto”, if only not for trademark issues. This series also had a long rounded tail, which is why it received the nickname “Osso di seppia” or cuttlebone in Italian.
  • Series 2 – Produced in the 1970 to 1983, the series 2 features a Kamm tail. This offers more room for luggage at the back. It also had a new grille, door handles, interior trim, and pedals. A Porsche style Spider was also released during this time.
  • Series 3 – Launched and produced through 1982 to 1990, this series was previewed in the US with an electronic fuel injection rather than a mechanical one. This Quadrifoglio Verde model also received lots of aesthetic tweaks.
  • Series 4 – In 1990-1993, the final Spider series was produced and released. Power steering, an airbag and knee bolsters were all added in the North American models. There is also a Commemorative Edition released in 1994.

The Spider is a remarkable classic car produced by the Italian brand Alfa Romeo. If you have a thing for the classic vehicles they’ve produced, then check out our top 5 picks of Alfa Romeo classics.

The Alfa Romeo Spider In The Limelight

The Alfa Romeo Spider is really an iconic car. That’s why it isn’t surprising that it has been in production for years. A spike in sales was also observed in the ’90s and it may or may not be due to its appearance in the film “The Graduate”.

In the film, a Spider 1600 of the Series 1 was featured. Dustin Hofmann, in his younger years, drives this vehicle desperately drives the car across the Golden Gate bridge towards the end of the film.

The Spider was also used in the 1973 film, The Day of the Jackal. The assassin rents out this vehicle and uses it to travel from Italy to France in the movie.

In a more recent 2003 film called Under the Tuscan Sun, the lead character also drives a black Series 3 Alfa Romeo Spider. Apart from its cameo on films, there are also celebrities and well-known people that have also owned and driven an Alfa Romeo Spider. These are only a few included in the long list:

  • Muhammad Ali – One of the most famous professional boxers of his time, Muhammad Ali once owned a Spider Veloce Series II by accident. He was really planning to buy a Rolls-Royce with Shanahan while in Chicago. Apparently, their vehicle of choice is not available from the dealership so they were offered the Spider as an alternative. They bought it but it’s on manual transition so it didn’t get used that much. It was then gifted to Shanahan who owned it until it was put on sale.
  • Sophia Loren -This Italian singer-actress is also known to own a classic Alfa Romeo Spider. There are also some pictures of the actress and Daniel Day-Lewis driving the vehicle while doing a movie.
  • Beyonce and Jay Z – Power couple Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z were spotted riding a Series 2 Spider while in Italy.

The Modern Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

The classic Alfa Romeo Spider is a well-loved vehicle and we’re glad that they’ve released a modern version of it in the 21st century. In 2014, a prototype of the Spider 4C was previewed. It has a cloth Targa top, a 237 hp engine.

In 2020, the limited edition 4C Spider Italia is to be released. The vehicle isn’t a permanent model and is only available at a limited time. It would only be sold in 2020, at most 2021.

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Ten Years With The Alfa Romeo’s Modern Giulietta (Type 940)

Alfa Romeo’s fleet of luxury and sports cars also includes a more family-friendly vehicle to cater to a broader market. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Type 940 is the company’s take on a small sized family car. If you’re looking for a family car, you might also want to check out our Alfa Romeo Stelvio feature post.

Released in 2010 as part of their centenary celebration, this model is still in reproduction up to date and has received upgrades through the years. If you want to enjoy riding a sports car with the family, then this is a great contender. Below are the details so you can better assess whether it is suitable for you and your family.

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A Look Back At The 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV

We have come a long way since the invention of the wheel.  It seems we’re nearly on the verge of self-driving cars becoming reality.

We are entering the world of the Jetsons.

Yet even the current generation of cars can do so much that the original founders of the car would have a difficult time accepting how much the car industry has evolved if they were given a peek into the moderns world of cars from the afterlife.

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Top 5 Alfa Romeo Classics

Known as the most seductive and unique car makers, Alfa Romeo belongs to the class of its own. Although this brand isn’t the current market competitor, the reputation came from the cars it created in the past.

It all began in 1910 when Alfa Romeo started building some extraordinary sports cars that people started falling for them. With over hundred years of experience in building cars, Alfa Romeo produced some unforgettable models that topped our chart.

Fasten your seat belts as we’ll be reviewing top 5 Alfa Romeo Classics.

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Differentiating You Luxury Dealer Brand

Once the domain of a few big-name luxury names companies, the luxury car industry has now become a crowded marketplace, all vying for the heart, eyes, and wallets of high end customers.   Although this might make things tough for car manufacturers, this is a great thing consumers!

Now, in our honest opinion, Alfa Romeo dealerships do a pretty good job of catering to higher-end tastes, there’s always room for improvement!

Below is a good dealership industry article we had uncovered on the ways in which dealerships like Alfa Romeo can improve their experience to set themselves apart from their competition.

Grazie per la lettura!

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Top Reasons To Love Alfa Romeo

Well, if you are a teenager and not really into sports cars, you might not have heard of Alfa Romeo.

Other than that, there is hardly anyone who hasn’t heard of the brand. It is one of the most prestigious car manufacturing company. It is always one step ahead in producing beautifully designed and craftily engineered sports cars.

The price of the Alfa Romeo beauties is often high for an average buyer but when you talk about value for money, everything begins to make sense.

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Quickest Ways To Kill Your Sports Car

Owning a sports car is a dream of many. This dream remains a dream for many but some lucky ones out there get to fulfill their dream and own a sports car. If you have a sports car, you must be special. Keep in mind that your car is almost as special as you are and requires care.

We have seen people literally spoiling their sports car. We understand that you have the money but your vehicle needs your attention not exactly your money. In this article, we will talk about ways you can probably kill your sports car…

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Alfa Romeo: What’s New in 2018?

Alfa Romeo is all about pure driving pleasure. No matter which model it is, all Alfa Romeo cars are built on 3 basic rules – Great Design, Great Power & Great Sound. Every car from this company reminds you of Italy and their famous car craziness. Alfas can very well attend to your speed requirements but there is one thing that has always been a concern for fans – The lack of new models, designs and alterations!

This however is about to change in 2018.

After more than almost 20 years, the Alfa Romeo has something exciting for the US fans. A series of models actually designed for the masses and not just for the rich old folks looking to add another car in their collection.

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The Alfa Romeo Stelvio: An Impressive Luxury Crossover SUV

It’s not quite what you would expect from an Alfa Romeo nor what you expect from an SUV, yet it someone manages to be better than both of those things. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a luxury crossover SUV manufactured by Alfa Romeo. It has been receiving a lot of praise and high reviews as of late, and for good reason. It’s stylish, safe, and very practical. Perhaps the first time this manufacturer has received this much praise since it released the Matta back in the 1950’s.

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