1958 Austin-Healey BN6 100-6September 4, 2023
Ivory | Convertible | 5 Speed Manual | 1,779 cc 4 cylinders | 51,080 miles showing | AU$149,995
The glamorous Duetto was made famous when it starred in The Graduate alongside Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft and is now a proven a long-lived classic car. It was the last design personally executed by the renowned Italian car designer, Battista Farina. Its name was the result of a national competition run by Alfa Romeo at the time of its launch in 1966. The car body was made separately at the Pininfarina Coachbuilding factory and then delivered to Alfa Romeo for final assembly.
The Duetto made clever use of the acclaimed 105-series chassis and was originally produced with a 1600 cc engine, later updated to a faster 1750 engine. It delivered impeccable handling, courtesy of its meticulous damping and independent front suspension. Compared to other sports cars of its day, the vehicle came with an alloy aluminium engine, double overhead cams, twin weber carburettors, 5 speed gearbox and disc brakes on all 4 wheels. Distinguished by its understated chrome accents, sculpted bodywork, and iconic tapered rear end, the Duetto stands as the quintessential Alfa Spider, revered by enthusiasts and collectors as the pinnacle of its 27-year Spider production run.
This specific jewel is a 1969 Alfa Romeo Duetto, originally delivered in the UK and featuring the exceedingly rare 1750 cc engine. Among the exclusive 601 units crafted for the right-hand drive market, it serves as a testament to the unwavering devotion and meticulous care bestowed upon it by its guardians. Adorned in a cream (Alfa avorio code 103) exterior with a black leatherette interior, complemented by black rubber mats and a new black convertible top. Modern fitments include double USB charger, faccia switch for the windscreen washer, concealed cut-off switch and fitted carpets as spares. The paintwork and finishing exceed the customary expectations for a Duetto, setting a remarkable standard.
Beyond the resplendent exterior, this Duetto boasts an up-to-date service history, accompanied by impeccable brightwork. The original steel wheels, graced by their distinctive dog-dish hubcaps, remain intact and, in our view, perfectly complement the boat-tail Duetto, accentuating the elegant and minimalist lines conceived by Pininfarina. The interior has received similarly meticulous attention, elevating the leatherette and trim work to a level of quality that harmonizes with the rest of the vehicle. The colour combination not only appeals visually but also adds to the distinctive allure of this example.
The vehicle's historical narrative takes centre stage and a comprehensive log meticulously chronicles its charmed existence. In the late 1980s, it underwent an engine rebuild, followed by a comprehensive body restoration. Its journey continued to the shores of Australia in 2002, where it received a gearbox rebuild in 2007 and regular maintenance from Alfa specialists like Frank's Pitstop, all meticulously documented with receipts. Included with the extensive documentation are an original set of keys, spider instruction booklet and duplication of original 1750 car instruction book. Results from the last 3 Sydney AROCA annual Concorso d'Eleganza Show & Shine events in the competitive 105 Spiders class were first, third and recently in September, 2023 a runner-up award. All these are a confirmation of its rare and exceptional condition.
Alfa Romeo as a brand embodies the essence of "la dolce vita." It harbours an emotional connection and a tactile sensation transmitted through the steering wheel and gearbox, imparting even the most unassuming Alfa with an inexplicable link to the spirit of Vittorio Jano's legendary sports and grand prix cars from the 1930s. If you desire the opportunity to become a part of this heritage, please don't hesitate to reach out.