On its introduction in March 10th 1966, one writer commented that it was "a
contrived design with meaningless styling gimmicks that would not last
The choice for the name of the new car was decided by a competition.
chosen from 140.000 entries. The winner, Sig. Guidobaldi Trionfi from
Brescia, got a brand new car as a prize. Among the other suggestions
Lollobrigida, Bardot, Piranha, Acapulco, Shakespeare! Al Capone,
Pizza, Stalin, Sputnik, Edelweiss, Gin, Strip, Goal and Hitler!Duetto
is nicer, much nicer.
When it was launched in the UK, it was priced £ 1.895 or almost as
a Jaguar E-type and twice the price of a Triumph TR4.
When the "Kamm-tail" was unveiled in 1970, Road &Track
commented "The body is dated and the ergonomics are outdated".
I wonder what the say in 1999?
Alfa Romeo had such trouble meeting the Californian emissions
regulations that it briefly had to abandon its most lucrative market
in 1975 while Alfa developed a catalyst version.
Manufacture of a version to meet the British Type Approval became
uneconomic. UK import ceased in 1977 but the last one was sold in
Dustin Hoffman saved the gorgeous Katherine Ross from a marriage
worse than death, despite his red Spider running out of petrol, in the
film "The Graduate" in 1968.
There were three different Duettos used in the movie
Young model linda Gray shows her leg in the poster for the movie,
where Dustin Hoffman is looking at her leg and stockings.
The Spider was sold in the US as a "Graduate" model during
The car that was described in 1977 as a "collector's piece
still available new off the shelf" was still available as new
The Spider was Battista Pininfarina's last complete design before he