The Alfa Romeo Spider is a roadster produced by the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo from 1966 to 1993 (190 Spiders were badged as 1994 Commemorative Editions for the North American market). Widely regarded as a design classic, it remained in production for almost three decades with only minor aesthetic and mechanical changes. The three first series were assembled by Pininfarina in Grugliasco and the fourth series in San Giorgio Canavese. The last Spider was produced in April 1993, it was also the last rear wheel drive Alfa Romeo produced before Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione was introduced.
Now, Alfa Spider is compact concept created by students Gaiani Alberto, Massimo Zedda Paparella and Michela, for the 2009 edition of the Master in Transportation Design organized by the Polytechnic University in Milano (Milan, Italy) in partnership with Alfa Romeo. SuperCarDesign concepts presented in the 2010 event, which took place on May 3 and at Bobbio in northern Italy.
The project was introduced by Samuel Codegoni designer, faculty member at the University of Italy. One of the main idea that drives this project is to express a sense of suspense in the action.
"This is clearly away from the first production model as a reference: the Duetto iconic of the 1960s - the second reference is the Alfa Spider from the 90s, with a distinctive wedge-shaped profile."
The layout features a mechanical engine is mounted longitudinally front combined with rear-wheel drive. The soft-top is electrically operated.
Design has always been an important factor for Alfa Romeo. In fact, it's the combination of design and engine that has made it into the legend it certainly is today. There has been made quite a few Alfa concept cars over the years by the Alfa in-house design department Centero Stile, and by outside design houses like Pininfarina, Bertone, Zagato and Giugiaro/ItalDesign. Below are some of these concepts, - and cars made in very limited numbers. Most of these are not actually working, and were just made for showing off at different Motor Shows.
Little about the alfa remeo
The Italians would call any open car a "Spider", but the name actually comes from the old horse carriages suitable for two. (You know the one Doc always rides in the old western movies). Since Spider is the general term for an open two-seater, or roadster, - there has been several Alfa Spiders (and Ferrari's for that matter) over the years. These pages mainly concentrate on the Pininfarina designed 1995 GTV/Spider, - with some other Alfa models thrown in as well.
Anyway, - I bought the Spider first of all because of the exceptional and award winning design and I was constantly looking at the reflection in the shopping windows when I was waiting for a green light. However, I soon discovered that I had bought something a lot more! Suddenly, terms like "driving pleasure", and "the Alfa Romeo legend" made sense. I was always trying to come up with poor excuses to take it for a spin and it did what most cars won't do for you.