The first Alfa Romeo spiders were released in 1966, introduced at the 36th Geneva Motor Show and came with a 1576cc twin-cam engine that produced 92bhp. After a public vote and one hundred thousand ballots, Alfa Romeo chose the name "Duetto", meaning duet.
It was designed by the well-known Italian design firm and coachbuilder Pinninfarina, famous for designing many vehicles for brands such as Ferrari, Lancia, Peugeot and Alfa Romeo themselves.
They had taken inspiration from their previous design studies and concept cars such as the Superflow and Superflow II concepts. The chassis was based on Alfa Romeo’s Giulia 105-series that was adapted for the Spider. It was featured in the 1967 Dustin Hoffman film called The Graduate and has gained a well-known following since.
The series of Alfa Romeo’s 1750 models followed in 1967 and are almost visually identical to the earlier “Duetto” models. It had the new 1779cc engine with twin carburetors and was paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The “boat tail” nickname was given to the spider to differentiate it to the later “Kamm tail” Series 2. It was also given the nickname “Osso di Deppia” which is Italian for cuttlefish bone.
This example was previously sold by Crossley & Webb in 2020 prior to which it had an extensive restoration with the body stripped to bare metal and floor panels replaced. An engine rebuild was also completed in 2020 by respected Alfa Romeo specialist Auto Azzurri which included the following:
Following the purchase of this Alfa Romeo Spider 1750 Veloce in 2020, the current owner took this car to another level with the following work completed:
The chassis and engine numbers are in the correct sequence for a 1967 Left hand drive 1750 Spider according to the Fusi report attached plus a certificate was requested from Alfa Romeo Storico which outlines that this was an early German delivered car
The 1750 "Boat tail" Spider is one of the most beautiful classic sportscars and with the 1750 Twin cam engine and five speed gearbox providing a spirited driving experience.
Examples that have been through such a thorough snagging programme over the past two years are extremely rare and it makes this example one of the best sorted Round back Spiders,
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