Make : Alfa Romeo
Model : Spider
Year : 1972
Owner : Kareem El-Khalil
Country : Lebanon
Starting any Italian cars’ conversation will definitely bring on the table the famous brands from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Fiat and others; however for those people seeking an exceptional sensation, an exceptional Italian fever there could be only one car “Alfa Romeo”. For this Classic Cars selection, we chose the 1972 Alfa Romeo Spider owned by Kareem El Khalil.
The Alfa Romeo Spider (105/115 series) is a roadster produced by the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo from 1966 to 1993. The Spider remained in production for almost 30 years with only minor design and mechanical changes. The famous Italian firm of “Pininfarina” which designed many of Ferrari’s models was responsible for the design, manufacturing of the body, as well as the final assembly of the Spider for the first three series. The first Spider (Series 1) was from 1966 – 1969, and (Series 2) from 1970-1982/83, and the third (Series 3) went from 1982/83-1989/90, the fourth series was manufactured in San Giorgio Canavese.
In April 1993, the last Spider was produced and it was the last rear wheel drive manufactured by Alfa Romeo until its recent launch of the magnificent Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione in 2007.
The Alfa Romeo Spider is the successor of the Alfa that appeared in the famous movie “The Graduate” starring “Dustin Hoffman” (1967) which gave the Spider a favorable recognition push worldwide.
This 1972 legend was a stunning renovation during its era due to the outstanding futuristic bullet design, added to the comfort, agility and speed, and was amongst the few cars that enjoyed 5-speed fully synchronized manual gears. This specific car was a special export edition fitted with a full width extra seat in the back, a rare feature and sight even nowadays.
Kareem takes pride in his masterpiece and he did not only oversee to the ground up restoration of this magnificent 70’s treasure, but also did enjoy participating in various classic car races with the company of his wife, Dima, and has a few cups to witness their achievements.