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Alfa Romeo Spider Overview

The Alfa Romeo Spider is in the roadster class and was produced by the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo. This car was in production from 1966-1993 and is regarded as a classic Italian car. Surprisingly the design of this car was only altered slightly, due to its classy image and good mechanical structure right from the beginning. There was a Spider sports car released in 1995 and lasted until 2006. This version was a convertible version of the GTV. There is also going to be a new Spider released, with production aimed for 2015. This article will be focusing on the first version, 1966-93.

Alfa Romeo Spider History

The first generation Spider (1966-69) was based on the Giulia 105 series chassis and the body was designed by an Italian design company called Pininfarina. The introduction price was rather expensive, closely compared with the Jaguar E-type in the UK. When the second model of this range was introduced there were some changes to the suspension and other mechanical parts, but the look was kept the same. The second generation (1970-83) changed the familiar rounded rear end to make it a more standard shape which was to be the main change, although there were some other smaller changes to interior and exterior parts. There was a version introduced in 1974 which had two small seats in the rear, making it a four seater. The third generation (1982-90) had some changes to the bumpers, also introducing a rear spoiler and was probably the most drastic change this car seen. It was not received very well by most Spider lovers. In 1986 there were some interior and external changes made to the car, also offering more paint colours. The fourth generation (1990-93) was the first version to offer automatic gearbox and was to be the last version of this specific vehicle. The rear spoiler was removed; the bumpers were changed to match the colour of the vehicle and it received a new fuel injection system. The Spider would be re-released a year later under the GTV range.


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Fuel Economy

The different engine sizes that were available for this car were: 1.3, 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0L in petrol. When working out the fuel economy, you need to take into consideration the age and engine size. The smaller engine size is better economically but this was only available in the first generation Spider.


There has always been a five speed manual gearbox as the only one available for this car until the final fourth generation car, which also came with the option of a 3-speed automatic gearbox. Check out our Alfa Romeo Gearbox section to locate your gearbox parts.


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