Alfa Romeo Spi­der time­line

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driving -


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.

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