Ah, la dolce vita. Other Italian manufacturers, including Ferrari, Maserati and Fiat, have turned their hands to Spiders, but no one does it quite like Alfa Romeo. Examples prior to 1966 set the tone of achingly beautiful lines, perky performance and sporting handling, but it’s the 105-Series drop-tops that became synonymous with the boys from Arese.
Of course a starring role in the Hollywood blockbuster Mrs Robinson cemented the original Duetto’s place in history as an automotive icon, while inspiring young men everywhere to own one and possibly help themselves to hook an older wifey.
However if you can shake such notions clear, the reality is that any 105-Series car is an absolute cracker to drive. The rear-wheel drive underpinnings allied to a twin-cam engine and sophisticated specification – including all-round disc brakes – ensures that they’re true driver’s cars. And in top-down form, nothing else comes close.
Production of this model Spider lasted just shy of 30 years, during which it experienced a number of restyles – much of which applied in the main to its rear end. The good news is that all are lookers, and while early ‘boat-tail’ cars can command hefty prices. Series 2, 3 and 4 cars can be still be had for seriously decent prices.
Our car is an S4, the model that first appeared in 1990 and brought a host of modern addenda, including power steering to the party, as well as smoother, more contemporary lines. As a last hurrah, it was, and still remains, a great combination of modern and classic in that iconic Spider body.