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Jim Hadfield’s Alfa Romeo

 

 

The body was styled by designer and coachbuilder Battista "Pinin" Farina, and built for Alfa Romeo in the Pininfarina factory in Grugliasco, Turin on 19th May 1976, Chassis Number AR0002182.


The car was first sold on 15th June 1976 in Padenghe, Brescia, Italy and first registered in Brescia, Italy on 18th. September 1976, registration number Bs523740.

 

The car has a 4 cylinder 1290cc all-alloy engine delivering 89 brake horsepower.5-bearing crankshaft, sodium cooled valves, twin overhead chain-driven camshafts, twin Solex carburettors. Five speed gearbox and four wheel disc brakes.

 

 


The car was imported from Italy to the U.K. in 1998, registered on a private plate. When the car was bought in February 2014 it was re-registered to the current number.

 

 


The "Spider" name is thought to be a corruption of the word "Speeder". The Series 1 Spider had a long curving tail, nicknamed "osso di seppia” ("cuttlefish bone") in Italy, and commonly called the "boat-tail" in the UK.

 

 

 

The Series 2 Spider has the cut-off, so-called "Kamm-tailed" body (sometimes called "coda tronca"), after Swiss aerodynamic engineer Wunibald Kamm who showed that a long streamlined tail could be cut back to almost half its length and still retain 90% of its effect. Series 3 and 4 were subsequently built.


A 1600cc Junior, and 1750cc and 2000cc ("Veloce") versions were also made.


Up until 21st October 2015 the car has covered 67,000 kilometres.