7 super facts about the Alfa Romero Spider you ought to know
- Have you ever wondered what those little "Fs" on the rear fenders of the Alfa Romeo Spider mean? Those are the insignias of the world famous Italian design firm, Pininfarina. Pininfarina is an automobile designer that mainly designs high-end cars. Other than the super suave Spider, Pininfarina also designed the California, 458, 599 GTB Fiorano for Ferrari and the Quattroporte and Gran Turismo for Maseratti.
- Alfa Romeo's relationship with Pininfarina is different among others. Pininfarina actually built most of the body, interior, and wiring as opposed to just designing it. After the parts are done, they are shipped to Alfa to equip the drivetrains, engines and suspension.
- With the exception of the engine, induction system and rear gear axle, the Spider's parts are almost interchangeable. This is mostly evident with the Kamm tail Series 2 to 4. This means that parts are easily available. However, this also meant that the Series 2 car's value is low as compared to the other cars in the Series.
- The doors of the Alfa Romeo Spider works a little bit differently compared to other cars. The Spider's doors lock by pushing the interior door handle forward rather than pulling them back.
- Although this is highly unlikely, but in the event that the Spider completely runs out of gas, the pump section might completely dry up, damaging the vehicle. This is because the Spider uses gasoline as a lubricant to help move the four tiny pistons that pushes the fuel to the engine. In Bosch-equipped Spiders, the gas is used as a coolant instead of a lubricant.
- There are some confusing details about operating the electrical facilities of the Spider. In the Series 1, 2, and 2a, the windshield wipers, radio and defroster fan won't turn off even if the engine is turned off. This is because they have individual buttons that should be turned off regardless if the engine is turned on or not. In addition, the trunk and hood lights would only work if the parking lights are turned on.
- Due to the car's long round tail, the Series 1 Spider is often referred to as "Osso di Seppia" - Italian for cuttlefish bone. This model was featured in the highly-acclaimed 1967 movie "The Graduate." It is the car driven by the lead character, Benjamin, played by Dustin Hoffman.