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The first presentation of an Alfa Romeo Spider prototype was in 1961 at the Turin Motor Show. By March 1966 the Spider was actually launched and this was at the 36th Geneva Motor Show. The 1570cc engine was used from 1966-67 but by late 1967 the 1750 Veloce Spider powered by a 1779cc engine was in production.
In 1970 the Series II Spider was launched and the first significant changes to the exterior styling were introduced on the 1750 Veloce. The original elongated round tail changed to a more conventional cut off tail, called the Kamm Tail. The luggage space was improved and subtle changes such as a slightly different grill, new door handles and a more raked windscreen were added. Improvements were also made to the upholstery and as you can see with this example, the red leather and quality carpets look superb.
In 1971 the Spider Veloce engine had increased power with a 1962cc, 123 hp engine. At this point the name was also changed from the 1750 Veloce to the 2000 Veloce.
This relatively late Series II model was previously sold by us in 1997 and has remained with the same owner since. The Alfa has been well looked after and over the past 12 years has had regular classic car use. The condition is very similar to that of when we sold it and remember the car well for having such a superb gearbox with good syncro's. The upholstery has been kept in smart order and the hood is excellent. The paintwork is still of a good standard and we will be carrying out some minor improvements within the price.
Overall a very smart usable example that will be hard to better on the road.