Geez, Wes, everytime I turn around you have another Duetto. How many do you have?It was painted gold around 1979. New top,seat
covers,all new rubber mats including trunk, carpet on trans tunnel, 5 tires,
rebuilt calipers, rebuilt clutch hyd.,rebuilt webers, rebuilt head,
new rings, found all little pieces that were missing. All lights work.It
just needs a small amount of body work and a good paint job. It is
originally white with black interior.
(I hope the Ed McMahon voice came thru over the net!) Duettos were a 1966-67 phenomenon...no '68s delivered in US...1969s were 1750s...then they cut the tail off in 71. I don't think the US got 1970s either, but I'm no expert.Hello and welcome to Cawfee talk. Today's discussion: are duettos the same as boat tails. Discuss.
I think, technically, duettos were only built in 1600 form. In 1969 they were boat tails or round tails. So, my understanding is that they are not the same.
Personally, I take no offense when people call a '69 Spider a Duetto- I know there are many differences, but to the untrained eye, they look the same for the most part. I'm just happy when people recognize an Alfa for what it is! I also understand that '66-90's Spiders, series one through four are called Duettos in Italy, if not most of Europe, so it's a technicality that doesn't bug me too much.....66-67 Series 1 with a 1600 engine is a Duetto. 69 Series 1 with a 1750 engine round tails or boat tails, but are specifically a 1750 Spider Veloce. The term round tails or boat tails is used to differentiate them from the Series 2 kamm tails that are also a 1750 Spider Veloce that were sold after 71 (at least in the US).
I feel the same way. If you really want to get persnickety, "boat tail" is a bit of a misnomer. To everyone in the classic car hobby except alfisti, a boat tail refers to rear bodywork that converges to a verticle body line, actually like the bow of a boat rather than the stern, but "boat bow rear" would be a pretty cumbersome description. Think Auburn Speedster. Our Duettos converge to a horizontal body line (more or less) making "round tail" a more acceptable description. Of course, anyone who stayed awake during high school geometry class might argue that round is not a particularly accurate description either. I don't see "semi-circular tail" catching on though. All I know is that if I ever start to sound this pedantic again somebody needs to smack me!Personally, I take no offense when people call a '69 Spider a Duetto- I know there are many differences, but to the untrained eye, they look the same for the most part. I'm just happy when people recognize an Alfa for what it is!