Shortly after the introduction of the Alfa Romeo Spider in 1966, it was used in the film The Graduate
driven by the main character played by Dustin Hoffman. This gave the Spider a worldwide audience that helped increase demand for the new Italian sports car.
The Series 4 was introduced in 1990 bringing with it a Bosch Motronic fuel injection system as well as the removal of the front and rear spoilers giving the Spider much cleaner lines. The Series 4 was the last series to feature the original Spider design, with production running through the end of 1993. The North American received the series four revisions for the 1991 model year, along with power steering, a driver-side airbag, and larger knee bolsters. Trim levels included the Spider and the Spider Veloce, with the latter having its base model's vinyl seats replaced by leather, 15-inch alloy wheels replaced the standard 14-inch steel wheels, and a cloth top and air conditioning were standard.
The dual-overhead-cam four-cylinder engine had an aluminum block and head, 119.7 cubic-inch displacement, port fuel injection, solid valve lifters, five main bearings, and delivered 120 horsepower at 5,800 RPM and 117 lb-ft of torque at 2,700 RPM. A five-speed manual transmission was standard, along with disc brakes, and a ZF worm and sector steering system.
The two-door, two-seater convertible had a base price of $20,950, and $22,950 for the Spider Veloce.
Production of the Alfa Romeo Spider lasted from 1966 to 1993 with 124,104 examples produced. Alfa Romeo produced 3,640 of the Spider in 1992. Total Series four production was 21,407 units.By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2020