Alfa Romeo Spider
The Alfa Romeo Spider is a sports car from the legendary Italian automaker. The car company has its roots in racing and has been known for over 100 years for its pricey, exotic sports cars. The Spider has a long history as well, with many variations. The first roadster called the Alfa Romeo Spider was made in 1966. This version of the sports car was manufactured in four series from 1966 to 1993.
Enthusiasts of the brand consider the Alfa Romeo Spider to be a classic nameplate in both design and performance. Although there were four series, or generations, the roadster was little changed over the years. For those who were sorry to see its run end in 1993, Fiat, the owner of Alfa Romeo, is hard at work on developing a new Mazda-based Spider that should debut in 2015.
The first Alfa Romeo Spider was just a prototype, introduced at the 1961 Turin Motor Show. It took a few years to turn that concept into a sellable car, but by the end of 1965, the Spider was in production. It finally launched in March of 1966 at the Geneva Motor Show. At this time, the Alfa Romeo Spider was nameless, but was shortly badged the Duetto, a name chosen in a competition. By 1967, the name Spider was finally revealed.
The classic Alfa Romeo Spider changed little over the decades during it was produced. The company barely tweaked the styling, which was admired by many. The mechanical updates were also minor. By 1993, the original classic was done, but Alfa Romeo was not finished with the Spider name. From 1995 to 2006, the company brought out a cabriolet version of their GTV and dubbed it Spider. They also attached the name to the convertible version of the Brera, produced between 2006 and 2010. Those who loved and miss the original Spider roadster are awaiting its reintroduction with great anticipation.