Ever since its appearance in the film The Graduate, the Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider has been on the short list for Italian roadster fans. The Duetto boasts exceptionally graceful styling, the last car actually penned by Battista Pininfarina, combining design elements adapted from the Alfa Romeo Superflow and Disco Volante concept cars.
The result was a stunning production car with the added benefit of robust Alfa 105 series mechanicals, which means that you get all the Italian style but not so many headaches. These cars are incredibly fun to drive, reliable, simple to maintain and still relatively affordable.
The Pick of the Day is one of these beautiful pieces of rolling Italian sculpture, a 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider located in Bellevue, Washington.
The Alfa is finished in white that is in great condition with excellent panel fit and brightwork that is in good condition all around, according to the dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.
Importantly, the vulnerable nose ridge is present and looks to be of the correct length and height; this area often sustains damage and subsequent repairs are not always done accurately.
The engine bay detailing looks to be excellent, and happily, this car still has the correct air-filter setup in place. This is also important if you want the Alfa to be authentic because many have aftermarket replacements and buying the correct factory setup is very expensive. The seller further states that the engine runs strong as well.
The burgundy interior looks good in the pictures and the seller says that the restored seats, door panels and carpeting have been fitted well, and there is the black soft top is new. The original steering wheel is still with the car, another item that is often replaced and lost forever, and the instruments look to be in good condition.
The Spider has been fitted with later Alfa Romeo Cromodora alloy wheels, which look great, but again if it’s originality that you’re after, the stock steel wheels and hubcaps are inexpensive and readily available.
These Alfa Spiders remain one of the few classic Italian roadsters that are affordable for most of us. Sure, you can get an excellent Fiat Spider for as little as $8,500, although the Fiat lacks the style and elegance of the Duetto.
This example is offered at a market-correct price of $39,950, and is unlikely to decline in value.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day