1966 Alpha Romeo Spider 1600 a.k.a. Duetto

  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Alfa Romeo
  • Model: Spider
  • SubModel: 1600 Duetto
  • Type: Coupe
  • Year: 1966
  • Mileage: 106,853
  • Color: Red
  • Engine size: Model 536
  • Number of cylinders: 4 in-line
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Interior color: Brown
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Options: Cassette Player, Convertible, Leather Seats
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Location: Urbana, Illinois, United States


Make: Alfa RomeoYear: 1966Model Spider 1600 a.k.a. Duetto
In 1966 Alfa Romeo produced what might in today's jargon be called the "Beta edition" of the Duetto. The first year's production was very limited and Alpha Romeo did not generally export it to the United States. Today the 1966 edition if rare in the United States and elsewhere. Purchased in 1976 in Vicenza Italy, this car listed is in very good condition. It has never been restored, but well maintained. Finding a market value for this gem is difficult. Extrapolating from National Automobile Dealers Association date, the asking price tops out at $140,000. Asking price for this car is $99,000.
Sellers Notes: Even if you aren't a collector of the Alfa Romeos or Italian sports cars in general, you will want to consider owning this very special car. It's a fun car to drive with a soft ride and easy handling. It's a classic, a 50-year-old design that still looks good today. In fact, this car may look better today than the day I purchased it. (See pics).
The Alfa Romeo "Spider 1600" was introduced to the world on March 10th, 1966. The unofficial name for the first generation of this Italian classic is "Duetto", implying a small car guilt for two. The Duetto was a major change in design for Alpha Romeo, so in 1966 Alfa Romeo chose to hold their cards close to their vest and did not sell the Duetto in the United States. Americans had to wait until 1967 to get their hands on one. After the Duetto made an appearance in the movie The Graduate, it became very popular in the U.S. The car I'm selling was number 700 off the line. You'll hard pressed to find a Duetto built earlier. Like the "64 Mustang, the Duetto was the start of a line that lasted for decades.
The car has never been resored. It has been well maintained and is in very good condition. Finding a market price for this gem is difficult, as previously stated. I found no listing of 1966 Duettos in any major listin gof used car values I took the value of three other convertibles Alfa made in 1966 from National Automobile Dealers Association data. The closest comparable comes in at $140,000
At the time I took the pictures, the odometer read 6853. Half of that is the miles I put on since 1976. Last spring the spark pugs were changed along with their wires and timing adjusted. The tires are very low mileage and the wheels are newly painted.
The car is mostly original but not completely. In the first decade of it's life, this Alfa was used as an ordinary car, driven every day. It has new front brakes. Early on I put in a radio/cassette player (very 1970's). The convertible top is new. The car came with a hard top that fastens using the convertible connections and is included with the car. If you live where there is cold weather, the hard top will be very useful. The carpeting is old but not original. I've been told the seats are not original. They are seats that were in the car when I purchased it so I don't know. The car has lost some minor pieces of chrome and the headlight covers.