The Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto was produced between 1966 and 1993, with remarkably few changes over the years. It got progressively bigger and more powerful engines, which eventually allowed it to reach the top speed of 124 miles per hour, with a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 9.2 seconds, not bad if not exceptional. The design, which was so groundbreaking in 1966 was completely out of date by 1993 when production ceased. And, true to its Italian roots, it was known to be a joy to drive, with excellent handling, as well as to require constant and expensive maintenance and professional attention.
I remember seeing those on the roads pretty often when I was younger. I always thought that they looked great, particularly the later models that had a little bit more of a square …derriere… so to speak. This peppy little car – nobody should ever call it ‘fast’ – was featured in the Dustin Hoffman movie The Graduate, and Alfa Romeo even produced a ‘Graduate’ model in the 80s, probably hoping to halt flagging sales.