1966 Alfa Romeo 1600 Duetto Spider | 536K HKD





The glamorous Alfa Romeo Duetto, which starred in "The Graduate" alongside Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, was very much an automotive star of the 1960s, yet has proved a long-lived classic. It was the last design personally executed by the famous Battista PininFarina and its name was the result of a competition run by the manufacturer at the time of its launch in 1966. Styling cues include the so-called 'cuttlefish-bone' profile with a rounded nose and tail, and the Alfa Romeo shield dividing the front bumper. Produced for only one year, the Duetto was closely related to the Giulia range. Powered by a twin-cam four cylinder of 1570cc it offered good performance and an attractive 'Spyder' body.


This really is a superb example of an early Spider Duetto that drives effortlessly, oozes style and would be a pleasure to own.

Year: 1966

Body: 2 Doors Convertible

Exterior: White

Interior: Black

Driver's Sider: RHD

Transmission: Manual

Indicated Mileage: 7285 Miles (Indicated but incorrect)

Location: Hong Kong

Registration: Hong Kong Registered with 5 previous owners


THIS MOTOR CAR

This is a beautiful example of the Iconic 'Graduate' - era Spider. A rare originally Hong Kong delivered 1966 Alfa Romeo, the original *Battista Pininfarina's final design, round-tail, 'cuttlefish' Spider Duetto. First Registered in Hong Kong in January 1967 with only 5 previous owners since new. This locally delivered car is in an overall good condition with major body and mechanical parts renewed. It is presented in white with black interior and black canvas top. Complete with classic alloy wheels and original hub caps. An excellent Spider with brisk performance for the south side of Hong Kong.


This example is ready to enter a new stable. Available for viewing by appointment for serious interest only.


HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Design by Pininfarina and oozes style

  • Amazingly light and fun to drive with sensational balance and handling

  • A very rare original Hong Kong delivered car

Classic Insider condition score: 80 points out of 100


CONDITION REPORT:


Restored Original. Overall good condition. The paint is good but do show some minor imperfections and patina. Brightwork in a good condition as well. The original alloy wheels are shod with fresh tires. The Interior is partially restored, soft canvas was replaced sometime ago. There are signs of wear and tear but period correct and not unsightly. Mechanically excellent, MOT'ed every year and have almost one year of road tax.

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SERVICE HISTORY:


2006

- Starter motor, brake hose, belts, new fuel tank, new hood.


2007

- New bumpers front and rear, Full interior leather and carpet refresh, new front grill, transmission overhaul with new synchro, new clutch, new mirror, new toggle switches, convertible top and mechanicals


2008

- Brake system overhaul, Ignition system overhaul, headlamp covers


2009

- Clutch master cylinder, new silencer, new speedo, new radiator fan, new fuel pump, rubber seals, new distributor, ball joint


2010

- Upgraded valve spring, new steering box


2011

- Ball Joint Kit installed, new door seal


2012

- Diff rebuild, coolant flush


2013

- Rear wheel bearing


2014

- Propshalf, bearing, coupling


2015

- Annual Service, new rubber hose, spark plug


2016

- Major service, all fluids, New radiator, Transmission mount

- Manifold Gaskets, Carb gaskets


2017

- Major suspension components overhaul (Shocks, Springs, bushings,


*Available history and maintenance file upon request*



BACKGROUND & DESCRIPTIONS


Widely regarded as a design classic, the Alfa Romeo Spider (105/115 series) was produced by the Italian manufacturer from 1966 to 1993. With production spanning three decades and only incurring minor aesthetic and mechanical changes in that period, the car forever immortalised by Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate stands as a true credit to those first cars assembled by Pininfarina.


'A true sports car of impeccable manners and considerable performance.' – Motor Sport on the Alfa Romeo Duetto, 1967.


A modern classic by Pininfarina, the simple yet elegant Spider bodywork that premiered on the 1966 Duetto would prove enduringly popular after a rather critical initial reception, lasting well into the 1990s. Under the skin, the Duetto's mechanicals were essentially those of the 105-Series Giulia saloon, with independent front suspension, coil-suspended live rear axle and four-wheel disc brakes. The power unit was the 1.6-liter version of Alfa Romeo's classic double-overhead-camshaft four as installed in the Giulia Sprint GTV. Performance fully matched the Duetto's stunning looks, with 60mph reachable in around 11 seconds and a top speed of 116mph.


Testing a Duetto in 1967, Motor magazine noted that import duties had inflated the price somewhat, commenting: 'Nevertheless, the individuality of the car, the sheer fun of driving it and the fact that it does certain things better than other sports cars will probably tempt some people into paying the extra.' The model achieved worldwide public recognition after starring alongside Dustin Hoffman in the film, The Graduate, but was produced for only two years before being superseded by the 1.8-liter '1750' Spider Veloce in 1967.


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