The Alfa Romeo Spider is a roadster produced by the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo from 1966 to 1993 (190 Spiders were badged as 1994 Commemorative Editions for the North American market).Widely regarded as a design classic, it remained in production for almost three decades with only minor aesthetic and mechanical changes. The three first series were assembled by Pininfarina in Grugliasco and the fourth series in San Giorgio Canavese. Based on the Giulia 105 series chassis, the Spider was launched in the 36th Geneva Motor Show in 1966. Unnamed at launch, the name "Duetto" was chosen in a write-in competition in Italy. Coachbuilder Pininfarina was responsible for the design of the body; in fact, the Duetto was the last project with which founder Battista "Pinin" Farina was personally associated. Pininfarina were also responsible for the manufacture of the vehicle's monocoque construction (designed with the relatively new principles of crumple zones incorporated into the front and rear). The engine was a 1570 cc variant of the Alfa Romeo twin cam 4 cylinderengine, and produced 109 hp. Sparsely fitted inside but including five speed manual transmission, disc brakes and independent front suspension, the price on launch in Italy was 2,195,000 lire.
In 1970 the first significant change to the exterior styling was introduced on the 1750 Spider Veloce, with the original's distinctive elongated round tail changed to a more conventional cut-off tail, called the "Kamm tail", as well as improving the luggage space. Numerous other small changes took place both inside and out, such as a slightly different grille, new doorhandles, a more raked windscreen, top-hinged pedals and improved interior trim.
1971 saw the Spider Veloce get a new, larger powerplant - a 1962 cc, 132 hp unit - and consequently the name was changed from 1750 Spider Veloce to 2000 Spider Veloce.
This rare example is #174 of the 190 Commemorative Edition Spiders built in 1994 - these were the last Alfa Romeo Spiders built. The car is is near perfect condition having only had 2 owners from new-both of which treated the car well always keeping it garaged, and using it on sunny summer days only. The car is accompanied by a factory Bra and Top Boot, all its books, tools, and accessories, and a comprehensive file of all work performed from new- including a recent service at the local Alfa Dealer. The original Window Sticker is included. I have no doubt this is one of the finest late Alfa Spiders in the country.