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1966 Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 Duetto [105.03]

1966 Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 [105.03] in The Graduate, Movie, 1967 IMDB

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: IT — Made for: USA

1966 Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 Duetto [105.03]

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

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antp BE

2005-09-10 15:40

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Edited this first antp's comment just to add thumbnails in HD quality. Thanks antoine.

-- Last edit: 2012-02-01 10:13:19 (vilero)

sixcyl FR

2005-10-30 09:10

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Cette voiture est apparue en mars 1966 (Salon de Genève), avec bulbes en plexiglas sur les phares, accessoire qui disparait une première fois sur la version 1300 sortie en 1968.
Cependant, il se peut que les versions US n'aient jamais eu les phares à bulbes ? ce qui expliquerait leur absence sur ce modèle de 1966 ou 67?

ben68 BE

2005-11-17 16:15

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Pas de bulles de phares => normal aux States à cette période.
A l'époque, Alfa Romeo a "utilisé" le film (en le finançant en partie) pour faire de la pub pour son nouveau modèle.
1966 ou 1967? Difficile à dire. Je n'arrive pas à trouver la date exacte de sortie du film, ce qui pourrait nous aider.
A noter le bruit stupide du moteur dans la V.O., qui ressemble plus à celui d'un V8 qu'à celui du double-arbre Alfa.

ben68 BE

2005-11-17 16:21

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1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Spider Duetto. Date de sortie officielle du film aux USA: 21 décembre 1967. Le Spider Duetto 1600 rouge de Ben Braddock (Dustin Hoffmann) est probablement un millésime 1967.

ben68 BE

2005-11-22 14:48

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C'est finalement un Duetto 1966! (et non un 1967)
Voici ce que j'ai trouvé sur le web qui le souligne: "The Graduate-car was a red 1966 1600 Duetto. Dustin Hoffman was related to the US Alfa-importer, so that's why the Duetto became a movie-star. They used two cars, both 1966 European versions. In the excellent book "Alfa Romeo Duetto Spiders" by Gienzano Madaro, you may read all about it. Publ. Giorgio Nada Editore, ISBN88-7911-063-2".

ben68 BE

2005-11-22 20:05

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1966

ben68 BE

2005-11-23 13:46

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Please remove the "Giulia" from the name of the car ;-)

antp BE

2005-11-23 15:28

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ça devient compliqué ces noms d'Alfa :p

Le bon nom, c'est cylindrée + "spider", ou bien "spider" + cylindrée ? Parce qu'on a des "2600 Spider", "Spider 2000", ... ça fait désordre, non ?

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ben68 BE

2005-11-23 15:41

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En ce qui concerne les "coda longa" (poupe arrondie):
Le "coda longa" 1600 s'appelle: Alfa Romeo 1600 Duetto
Le "coda longa" 1750 s'appelle: Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce
Le "coda longa" 1300 s'appelle: Alfa Romeo 1300 Spider Junior

Tous les spiders sont renseignés là: http://hem.passagen.se/veloce/

Bon amusement!

Ralph DE

2006-03-23 21:45

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Duetto without plexilens: Alfa Romeo 1300 Spider Junior

wickey SK

2006-05-14 01:54

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so is it Duetto or Junior?

wickey SK

2006-05-14 13:52

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Ralph DE

2006-06-10 19:35

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Junior

Sunbar UK

2006-09-14 12:11

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Regarding the issue of the headlamp covers these are the facts as I understand them.

The US (1966-67) versions of the original 1600 'Duetto' were not fitted with the plexilens covers.

Later in 1968 (after the Graduate was filmed) the 1300 'Junior' Spider was introduced. These also had headlamps without these plexilens covers. As far as I'm aware the 1300 Juniors were mainly intended for European use. I doubt they were sold in the USA.

The headlamp chromed bezels on the US 'Duetto' was noticably thicker than the 'Junior' headlamp bezels. These thicker bezels are shown on the 'Graduade' car.

Despite the comments made in the book "Alfa Romeo Duetto Spiders" by Gienzano Madaro, the 'Graduate' car (or cars) was a 1966 'Duetto' made or later modified for the US market as it was without the headlamp covers.

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junkman UK

2006-09-14 13:22

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I always wondered why clear headlamp covers were never used on import cars in the US. There are more examples, like the Jaguar E-Type, Fiat 850 Spider, Citroen DS and SM and others. My guess always was they were illegal (plexiglass ones were in Germany for example), but that theory is contradicted by the clear covers on the headlamps of the 1964-66 Imperials. Maybe they just didn't work with the standard sealed-beam headlamps used on imports for the US?

Sunbar UK

2006-09-14 13:48

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junkman, I believe you're right about the covers becoming illegal in the USA. The FMVSS regulations introduced by the US started in the mid-1960s I believe. I cannot remember the exact year but certainly by 1968 they were well established.

Looking at the old brochures for the USA XK-E type Jaguars, they appear to show that the curved plastic covers were even used on US cars from 1961 to 1966. By 1969 I remember that the US Jaguar XK-E type was re-styled without the covers. So it's not impossible therefore that the Imperial 1964-66 escaped the regulations.

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junkman UK

2006-09-14 14:53

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Maybe one of our US contributors can shed a light (pun intended) on this. Anyone in the know?

junkman UK

2006-09-14 15:29

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I just read through FMVSS regulation 108, effective date of January 1, 1968, which outlines the lighting requirements for motor vehicles and trailers. I found this:

S7.8.5 When activated in a steady-burning state, headlamps shall not
have any styling ornament or other feature, such as a translucent cover
or grill, in front of the lens.

OK, this explains the clear covers on 1964-66 Imperials, but NOT the lack of them on import cars prior to 1968.

Sunbar UK

2006-09-14 15:47

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It's common for the car manufacturers to have 3 or more years advance notice of a regulation being implimented. So they may choose to impliment changes early rather than wait for re-stying. European cars did not have the one-year design cycle that was common in the US in the 1960s.

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Zunige US

2008-01-07 23:16

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Hello all:

I don't normally read IMCDB but found this thread, and thought it might be helpful if the open questions were answered. Hence, I registered, in order to post... Here are some points which I hope will clear up some of the questions.

1. 1968 was the last year in which the U.S. allowed covered headlights. (This is well documented in the U.S. Jaguar Club forums.)
2. Alfa did not export any cars to the U.S.A. in 1968. This was because Alfa already knew that the Spiders with carburetors could not meet U.S. regulations and decided that U.S. Spiders would be fitted with the SPICA mechanical fuel injection, instead of carburetors. The SPICA was not ready in until 1969, and the first SPICA Spiders came over in February of 1969.
3. U.S. Spiders from 1966 and 1967 came with the Carello headlight cover kits in the trunk, for dealers to install.
4. The reason the kits Carello kits came in the trunk was because of concerns during shipping. The covers do scratch, and there was concern that they could break. (It has not been uncommon for cars to get damaged during transport, and all car manufacturers have very talented people that fix new cars. Needless to say, this is expensive.)
5. The 1969 Spider also came with the Carello kit in the trunk, and the dealers did not install them, because it was illegal to do so. Of course, the owners could install them.
6. Some owners did order 1968 Spiders through Canada and brought them into the U.S. These models have carburetors and also had the Carello kit in the trunk.

Best regards,
Enrique

Sunbar UK

2008-01-08 00:09

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Thank you for you comments, Enrique welcome to the site.

It is very interesting to know some of the background to the issues with importing the Spiders at the time during the 1960s. :)

Please feel free also to visit IMCDb more often in the case that you have more that you can share.

Zunige US

2008-01-10 05:23

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Thanks fo rthe welcome, Sunbar.

I have actually taken a look around the site, and it's pretty cool. I'll make sure to visit from time to time. ;)

Best regards,
Enrique

thestig8 US

2010-01-20 17:40

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seen driving towards oakland on the baybridge, ON THE TOP LEVEL. :lol: if you know sf, thats the side you use to get to sf from oakland

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