Launched in 1966 with Alfa’s wonderful twin-cam 1600cc engine, the Pininfarina-styled Giulia Sprint Spider was destined for greatness from the outset, its success being hastened when it shot to fame in the 1967 film ‘The Graduate’ starring Dustin Hoffman.
The original 'boat-tail' design of the Duetto was dropped in 1970 in favour of a more aerodynamically efficient Kamm tail which also greatly improved luggage space. The underpinnings were effectively the same as the superb Giulia saloon, so beloved of the Italian Carabinieri, comprising independent front suspension, coil-suspended live rear axle, servo-assisted disc brakes all round and the most communicative steering you could ever wish to experience.
More engines were added to the list of options, the most powerful being the torquey 132bhp 2-litre unit found in the Spider Veloce, giving it a top speed of 119mph and a 0-60mph time of less than 10 seconds.
“It is difficult to put into words the sheer charm of this open sports Alfa Romeo,” wrote John Bolster in an Autocar road test. “It is the kind of car that even an experienced test driver will take out for the sheer fun of handling it… yet it is just as easy to drive as the most unexciting family hack.”
A refreshing change from the usual Alfa red, this particular Spider Veloce dates from 1979 and was imported to the UK in 1989 where it was professionally converted to right-hand drive with all the correct components including brake and clutch cylinders, instrument binnacles etc. Weber 40DCOE carbs were also fitted and the car was set up on a rolling road with dyno sheets showing all the 132bhp that Alfa claimed.
Some £2,000 has just been spent on machining and refacing the sump surfaces to cure an oil leak that was an advisory on the last MOT, and the air filter has been replaced with a Pipercross item although the original air filter is also included.
Said to run and drive well with an MOT until September 2017, it is also said to be in generally good condition throughout although the vendor states that the internal fan heater does not work and that the doors show slight signs of corrosion, factors which are reflected in the sensible guide price suggested.