As one of the most famous and long-lived models in Alfa Romeo history of success, the “Duetto” presented here shows its Pininfarina-designed, modern-style body, whose rounded front and tail, joined by the convex sides, recalls the shape of a cuttlefish bone (“osso di seppia”). The beautiful tomato-sauce red bodywork, the matching chassis, engine and mechanics were completely refurbished no more than a year ago and now this little red Alfa can be yours with just 135k km!
Initially presented in 1966, the Duetto was firstly produced in four different series and conquered the enthusiasts’ hearts for 28 years in a row. Though the nomenclature “Duetto” is said to be the result of a public competition, barely 190 units were produced with this name, due to an homonymy with an italian copyrighted snack of the time.
Nevertheless, the name “Duetto” got so stuck in the common language and car chats that all the following versions were identified as such despite Alfa Romeo’s different market strategies. It’s worth to note that, popularly, this car achieved worldwide public recognition after starring alongside Dustin Hoffman in the film “The Graduate”.
As offered to you, this fine example of Duetto Spider 1.6 was partially restored, as the body was painted almost twelve months ago with a light veil of its original Red Alfa colour. The paint shines all along the body lines and curves, without being corrupted by scratches or chips, as the front and rear bumpers, which appear in good condition.
The seller also reports that the soft top was replaced during the current ownership and all soft parts appear to be flexible as new: nevertheless, he points out that the folding chassis will be replaced as it showed signs of rust and corruption by the time of the shooting. The original period -correct plate and chromed 14-inch wheels come with Firestone F-560 tyres, 155/R15 for both front and rear, which are allegedly in good condition.
Moving in, the classic black leather interiors shine well preserved, though the driver seat has a 5-cm long cut on its left side.
The cockpit consists of a 8,000-rpm tachometer and a 220-km/h speedometer, which engulfs a 5-digit mechanical odometer. The latter shows a mileage of 35800 km, but the seller states the total mileage of this Duetto amounts to 135,800 provable km.
As said, this Duetto received in 2021 a total engine overhaul and the seller reports the car has matching numbers both on the registration book and engine block.
The car reportedly starts and ignites in a normal age-related time. All works and interventions previously made on the car have been previously documented by the owner, the seller states.
Initially registered in Italy, Palermo, in 1967, this Osso di Seppia is offered for auction with its original registration book, ownership title and keys.