Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Spider
|Model||Giulia 1600 Spider|
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta (750 and 101 series) was a compact car manufactured by Alfa Romeo from 1954 to 1965.
The Giulietta was introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1954 and nearly 132,000 units were built at the Portello factory in Milan. The Giulietta used a 1290cc Alfa Romeo Twin Cam inline four-cylinder engine with a light-alloy cylinder block and an alloy cylinder head with two overhead camshafts. The first Giulietta model was a coupe, the Giulietta Sprint, introduced at the end of 1954. The next Giulietta model was a coupé, the Giulietta Sprint, presented at the end of 1954, followed by a sedan in the spring of 1955 and, in mid-1955, the open-top two-seater Giulietta Spider with convertible bodywork by Pininfarina.
The next version of the Giulietta was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1959. This time, the serial number was changed from 750/753 to 101 series. In 1961, the TI version was increased to 74 hp (54 kW). With this new engine, the car could reach a speed of almost 160 km/h. Production of the standard Berlina continued until 1963, while the TI continued for another year. The Giulia Spider, Sprint and Sprint Speciale introduced at the same time as the Giulia sedan in 1962 were rebadged and updated versions of the previous Giulietta models (101 series), now equipped with a 1.6-liter engine instead of 1.3-liter. The Giulia weighed about 1,000 kilograms. The car was equipped with a four-cylinder light alloy engine with double overhead camshafts, similar to that of the previous Giulietta model range.
Different carburetor configurations and settings allowed for power outputs ranging from 80 to 110 hp (55 to 75 kW). Almost all Giulias produced were equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission. They were known for their liveliness, especially considering the modest size of the engine. Their performance was superior to many sports cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The easiest model to distinguish from a Giulia is the Spider, whose hood was bulged to clear the slightly higher 1600 engine.
The model presented was restored in Belgium about ten years ago and is in very good condition. The engine and gearbox were completely refurbished in 2022. The quality of the paint is average, but does not have any major flaws. The vehicle is equipped with a 123 electronic ignition.