Alfa Romeo Spider timeline
Guidobaldo Trionfi wins a competition to name Alfa’s new Spider with ‘Duetto’. The car is unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, and while the name cannot be officially adopted due to trademark issues, the name sticks for the Series 1.
New Kamm tail improves luggage space. Official UK imports end in 1978 because of issues concerning later models typeapproved for the British market.
Left-hand drive-only S3 gets slim plastic bumpers and Bosch electronic fuel injection. It isn’t sold in the UK officially, but importer Bell and Colvill offers an unofficial RHD conversion.
Official imports resume when the restyled Series 4 is launched with new Bosch Motronic fuel injection. Still left-hand drive only, but a dealer-approved RHD conversion by Seaking – a company owned by Alfa’s then UK distributor – boosts its popularity with UK buyers.
Alfa Romeo builds 190 run-out Spider S4s – badged as the Commemorative Edition – for the US market in May, bringing Spider production to a close. Its replacement – the Enrico Fumia-designed front-wheel drive 916 – is unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show alongside its GTV coupé sibling in 1995, with production beginning later that same year.