Launched March 1966. Official name was Alfa Romeo
1600 Spider and not "Duetto". Alfa Romeo never ever used
anything but 1600 Spider.
Romeo Duetto 1600 Spider 1966-70 Round-tail
Head light cowles by Perflex. Popular design
like Ferrari and Jaguar E-type. Alfa continued until the mid '70s
with this arrangement in Europe. The 1750 Veloce had the same cowls
The Duetto was also nick-named "boat-tail"
and "Osso di Seppia", which means
Wheels were 15 x 4.5in
with flush-fitting separate-clip hub caps made by CMR or Fergat.
Optional dimension: 15 x 5in and 15 x 5 1/2in.
Front light units
amber/white and rear
light cluster amber/red. All European roundtail spiders look the
same in this respect.
Bootlid badging was
Alfa Romeo"-script on the right side.
Grill showing raised
dimple just over the grill in the front panel. Traditional badge
with cross and serpent plus Milano. The photo shows a US car with
round indicators front of the wheel. Wheels are not original, these
are 6,5x14 and without hubcaps.
Front and rear
bumpers were separated by grill in front and at rear by license
plate. The photo shows a Scandinavian Roundtail with optional
Revolution rims, a popular out-fit. The exhaust tailpipe exits the
bodywork with the split bumpers on each side and comes out to the
left of the license plate.
Inside boot there was
a rubber mat. There was plenty of space for two people and their
wipers were standard but very effective. They were replaced on the
Kamm-tail by traditional wipers.
Fuel filler flap was
round, beautiful design. The filler is on the left rear panel.
- incl carbs + air filter tubing to the left over the engine.
Filter made by FISPA and of the cartridge type. There was no plastic
cowl between radiatior and engine, this came with the 1750 version.
The fan was bigger at first. There was a hotter version with an
Autodelta Group 3 GT engine = 160bhp at 7500rpm - shown at 3rd
Sports Car Show, Turin Feb 1968 (?) Fusi p629
Brake discs, smaller at rear than later cars.
Dunlop initially, Ate from '67 (see Brookl. p64)
Bonaldi vacuum brake servo fitted from mid-1967.
Single circuit system, pedal arrangement was on the floor.
Steering - early Duettos had Burman recirc ball
which was later replaced by ZF worm and roller.
Mohair hood was easy
made of aluminium. Earliest ones [pre-Nov '66] do not have raised
trim above windows
Steering wheel was a
three-spoke plastic + alloy construction. The dash was painted in
the same color as the rest of the car, very early ones have Alfa
badge over radio blank - later ones have Pininfarina badge. Two
toggle switches either side of radio cover panel. Instruments
showing warning lights next to them, were arranged left to right:
fuel, oil presssure and cooling temerature to the right. Minor
switchgear and the ignition barrel are easy to spot. The gear lever
had a plastic button on top. Very early demo ones have concertina
rubber gear lever gaiter, as opposed to vinyl bag-type gaiter
Seats were of the
vinyl type. The red carpet was an optional which made the interior
more exclusive. Rubber mats on floor were often swapped for real
high quality carpets instead. The door trims incl handles and a
ticket pocket in footwell. Note the plastic steering wheel.
on wings, right mirror was optional
Tool kit + bag
cars Duetto (1967 MY only)
- No headlamp cowls + larger chrome headlamp
bezels than Juniors
- Flush-fitting hubcaps
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