People often ask this question
but there is no simple and straight answer.
But yes, An Alfa Romeo convertible with a long tail is a Duetto in
the Duettoregister and
a lot of other sources. If the Spider has a rear end
like this, it's a Duetto. US Duettos had red/red lenses but
most other markets had amber/red. It's just so beautiful.
However, Alfa Romeo never used the
word Duetto, they baptised the new Alfa Romeo as Spider
1600 only. As in this broshure:
The pic above shows the original series
Spider 1600, the Boat-tail, long-tail, "Coda Longa",
"Osso di Seppia" or the Duetto.
Or Duetto 1st
Pininfarina designed the Duetto and
manufactured these cars too from 1966 to 1969. There were
three versions of the Duetto. In the US cars are referred to
as Round-tails or Boat-tails. In Europe many countries said
"Osso di Seppia" which means
"cuttle-fish-bone". In Germany people say
"Rundheck". BTW and "Coda
Longa" are the identities used.
Anyway, the design still looks very
attractive. The choice for the name of the new car was decided
by a competition. The name Duetto was one of more than 140.000
entries. The winner, Sig. Guidobaldi Trionfi from Brescia, got
a brand new car as a prize. Among the other suggestions
included Gina Lollobrigida, Bardot, Piranha, Acapulco,
Shakespeare! Al Capone, Pizza, Stalin, Sputnik, Edelweiss,
Gin, Strip, Goal and Hitler! Duetto is nicer, much nicer.
Alfa sales material shows the Duetto as
Spider 1600, 1750 Spider Veloce and Spider 1300 Junior as in
these pics where the word Duetto was
The original 1600-engined round-tail
Spider was launched with no name and so everyone referred to
it, logically enough, as the Alfa
Romeo Spider 1600. This persisted even after the
results of the competition came down in favour of the name
Duetto. Despite the fact that many people still refer to this
earliest member of the Spider family as the Spider 1600, its
official title for most of its life was always Duetto - so
that's how I will refer to it.
In Italy people say Duetto for all
105/115 spiders between 1966 - 1993. The clubs call themselfes Duettoclub
Italia and Club Alfa Romeo Duetto.
Just to confuse you. I have also found that far too many of
those who ckaim the meaning of a Duetto definition, very, very
often don't even have aa Alfa Romeo spider, nor a Duetto. But
opinions are like bottoms. Everybode has one.
So, be happy if you have a Duetto 1966
- 1970, with a long tail. That's a Duetto on my sites.
Funny enough, the Alfa Romeo US
importer made a rare leaflet where they said Duetto Spider.
This was the only time the word was ever used. Maybe that's
why so many in the States are concerned about the word? As
usual, the sourse is Duettoinfo.com and
the brochure is here..
To confuse you even more, are these
Spiders all Duettos?