Collectible Classic: 1983-1990 Alfa Romeo Spider

Collectible Classic: 1983-1990 Alfa Romeo Spider
1983-1990 Alfa Romeo Spider - Collectible Classic - Automobile Magazine
La dolce roadster.

Alfa Romeo’s popular and accessible sports car, the Spider, was sold in the United States from 1966 until 1994, its long run divided into four series. The early cars, with their distinctive boattail styling, were immortalized as Dustin Hoffman’s ride in The Graduate. Generally regarded as the most beautiful iteration of Pininfarina’s design, these Spiders also are the most basic in spec, the rarest, and the most expensive. After skipping U.S. exports in 1970 (as it had in ’68), Alfa brought back the Spider for 1971, beginning the second series, with a chopped tail and fussy Spica fuel injection for its enlarged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; heavy rubber bumpers arrived for 1975. The next iteration, the ’83 to ’90 Series 3 models, got a controversial black rubber ducktail rear spoiler, better-integrated bumpers, and (in ’86) interior revisions. They enjoy more reliable Bosch fuel injection and available air-conditioning (both of which actually came on board in ’82). For the final cars, the 1991-’94 models, the styling was smoothed out, power steering and a driver’s air bag were added, and an automatic transmission (!) was optional; they’re a bit more powerful but also slightly heavier.

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First Look: 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta

First Look: 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta
2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta - 2010 Paris Auto Show - Automobile Magazine
Ferrari builds its bodybuilder a special birthday present.

Happy birthday, Pininfarina. In honor of your 80th anniversary, your longtime client Ferrari decided to bake you a 670-horsepower, drop-top birthday cake — the 2011 SA Aperta — and unwrap it at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

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