Alfa Romeo Spider (3+3a-3f) 💛💚💛
(1971, Alfa Romeo Spider 2.0 – Racing number: 76. Driver: Claus Saxtorph Bernhard – Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix 2019.
The short story – extracts: The Pininfarina-designed 105 (later 115) series Alfa Romeo Spider was in production from 1966 until 1993, and is now considered an iconic classic. It is a front engine, rear wheel drive, two seater car with a convertible top.
The earliest model, commonly known as the Duetto, was highly advanced when released in 1966. Based on a monocoque body, the car featured servo-assisted all-round disc brakes, a live rear axle and an all-aluminium twin OHC engine controlled by a five speed gearbox. Its styling, with a sloping “boat-tail” rear end and scalloped sides was considered bold, but had more than lived up to the test of time.
In 1969 the Spider was redesigned, gaining a cut-off “Kamm” tail, a revised nose, more steeply – raked windscreen and new interior. This Series 2 Spider received only minor changes until 1983, when Pininfarina provided another redesign. The Series 3 is noted for its conspicuous rubber boot spoiler, revised cabin and modernised nose. In 1989 the Series 4 Spider was released, doing away with the unpopular rear spoiler and generally updating the car.
Throughout its life, the 105/115 Alfa Romeo Spider was produced with 1300, 1600, 1750, and 2 litre engines. A tiny number were fitted with a turbo, the rest being naturally-aspirated with either twin carburettors or fuel injection (Spica for early US cars and Bosch later). A limited slip differential was fitted to 2 litre cars from 1971 onwards.
Bonus info: In the late 70’s the famous racing driver, Niki Lauda, joined the Brabham Alfa Romeo for a new start after his stint with Ferrari. With Spiders in full production, and to celebrate this new addition to Alfa’s race team, it was decided that Niki Lauda was to be commemorated by a special edition Spider in his name 💪🏁💪
Disclaimer: All photos are taken by me, being an official accredited photographer/journalist at the CHGP19. I can’t guarantee the period originality of the car in my photos)