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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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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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Looking Good At Show - Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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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Alfa Romeo Mito

A Complete Look at the Alpha Romeo Mito

Alfa Romeo has always impressed in the mini car arena. This company, founded way back in the 1900’s, has had an impressive run over the century it has been in existence. It has produced cars for the masses that have defined generations. The Mito in particular is a supermini series that has been on the market since 2008. This car is definitely among the best in its cadre in terms of style, efficiency, and bare looks.

There are key things that every car enthusiast looks at when ranking a particular model, for the Alfa Romeo Mito, they have to include the looks since this car is particularly made for its aesthetics. We will look at the overview of this car in terms of features including where it impresses as well as highlight any places it might have fallen short of expectations.

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Concept Car Showcase: Alfa Romeo 6C

Please, if anyone in Alfa Romeo is listening, this car needs to become a reality…Lucio

Source: Concept Car Showcase: Alfa Romeo 6C by Gianfranco Spano – autoevolution

Nurturing talent is essential for an individual to go forward. In the world of car designers, though, some people have an inborn knack for creating spectacular machines. Today we’ll zero in on an up-and-coming automotive design crackerjack from Italy.

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Alpha Romeo 4C

The Alpha Romeo 4C

In the world of Italian sports cars there is one manufacturer that consistently stands out in providing surprises in both design and performance. Alfa Romeo has long been a favorite among the biggest car enthusiasts and in 2013 Fiat came out with its latest two-seater sports car – the Alpha Romeo 4C.

Just to look at this car has a stunning shape with an attention to detail you would fully expect from Italian designers. From a distance you would easily be fooled into thinking that you are approaching a Ferrari, and this Alpha will turn just as many heads.

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