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This Alfa Romeo Spider Is A Wide Open Spirit

“1969 is really about an era when I grew up,” says Keith Helmetag, “and when I did things like surfing at the beach, hiking in the woods…”

“This car really embodies that outdoors, ‘go for it’ spirit.”

He may just be right: 1969 was a particularly great vintage for Alfa Romeo’s long-lived Duetto “Spider”. With hardly any option but to motor with the top down, the tiny car’s form drops away at each end—a stylistic trick that helps immerse both driver and passenger in the scenery around them.

An artist and designer by trade, Helmetag was also drawn to this particular car’s color.

“In choosing a color, most Alfa Romeos are red. But I’m an eccentric, I like something a little bit different,” he says. “The green really appeals to me because I love nature, I love being outside.”

Don’t think you’ll catch this stunning Duetto tucked away in a garage somewhere: with tastefully applied upgrades, he covers more than 5,000 miles per year, often taking it to meetings and other more practical engagements.

Still, the open road is never far away. “I’ve just gone through another restoration…so the car is ready for another decade or more,” he says.

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Benjamin Albright
Benjamin Albright

having grown up with an 69′ Spider I can totally relate to the passion for these cars. (ours has a the 70′ engine with SPICA on it) I love the Nardi wheel on his, does anyone know which Nardi it is?

Arne Buechner
Arne Buechner

Great video – like usually, although this time I found the music distracting. I rather listened to exhaust and the engine. And the wheels are wrong – these ugly pieces belong to the latest series with the (also ugly) rear rubber spoiler.
But, Kurt, it was great seeing you shifting those gears, just the way this gearbox had to be treated.

Michael Oudman
Michael Oudman

Arne, the wheels are not for the latest series, but the third. And yes, that series does have the rubber spoiler. The series 4 is the latest of the rwd spiders.

Greg Mack
Greg Mack

Oh my. This is so beautifully shot and the owner expresses himself about the car in ways that really resonate with me. Love it or not, the design of the round tail spiders is just so beautifully complex and unusual to our modern eyes that it just begs to be stared at sitting still or on the move. I always wished I could fit lower in the cockpit to avoid the windstorm at speed. Miss mine, badly.

Michael Oudman
Michael Oudman

Nicolas, the writing on the steering wheel is the signature of Enrico Nardi, the founder of the steering wheel company named… Nardi. It’s on most if not every wheel of this brand.

Nicolas Moss
Nicolas Moss

Well, that’s surely of anti-climatic. Sigh.

Kurt Uzbay
Kurt Uzbay

Excellent car/video/story , Keith…
But, please, get rid of that god-awful, cockpit ruining after-market stereo..
Please!!! 😉
Kurt

Michael
Michael

I have a variety of some very nice sports cars, but I put the most milage every year on my Alfa Spider. I have so much fun driving that car and the enjoy seeing the excitement that it brings out in other people. Everyone should own an Alfa Spider at some point! Enjoy your motoring and keep that top down!

Nicolas Moss
Nicolas Moss

Really nice car, and great production values on the video. Although… If there is an interesting story behind the writing on the steering wheel, it would be nice to hear it.

Steve Richards
Steve Richards

That is a beauty! I’ve got a 71 that perhaps now needs cams. Thanks for the video and the inspiration!

Mark Hancheroff
Mark Hancheroff

Very Nice!

Michael Morena
Michael Morena

Beautiful Duetto! Absolutely love that a video has been made on this car. Your color is also very nice. Love mine just as much, fantastic!!!

Mark Jansen
Mark Jansen

Good stuff Keith! I really miss my ’74 Alfa Spider. Except when I’m motoring down Hwy 1 to Malibu in my ’71 GTV… Beautiful Duetto, perfect color, shaved marker lights, NY plates and all!

Dennis White
Dennis White

Keith, beautiful car, but thumb your nose at authority and lose that ugly NY license plate!

JB21
JB21

See those auxiliary gauges, they are bloody useless in old Alfas!! God I love them. I think Alfa Romeo Spider is the most romantic car ever made. I really really miss mine.

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