1961 ALFA-ROMEO GIULIETTA SPIDER

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1961 ALFA-ROMEO GIULIETTA SPIDER
Type 750
Serial number 169005
Good condition of restoration
French registration

The history of the Giulietta is in line with the reconstruction of post-war Europe, where some cities are still in ruins. The economic prosperity of the country is reaching out to the factories, and Alfa Romeo decides to cut its ties with the past, when the company produced only a hundred cars a year in a small-scale manner.

The old Milanese company concentrated all its financial and human resources on production, even abandoning the competition that had allowed Alfa Romeo to make a name for itself in the pre-war period.

Under the supervision of Orazio Satta Puliga, head of the brand's design office, the engineers worked on the design of an inexpensive but terribly appealing sports car with a power and engine that would not disavow the competitive past of the cloverleaf. The archetypal Italian sports car of the 1950s, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta was launched in 1954 and presented at the Turin Motor Show in a two-seater sedan version. A light car with a short wheelbase and powered by a 4-cylinder engine developing 80 horsepower with an aluminium block, cylinder head and crankcase, it was a real success and positioned itself slightly above its competitors: the Fiat 1100 and the Lancia Appia thanks to its 1300cc capacity.

Its design was created jointly by Scarnati and Zuccheli who sketched the coupé in 1952. The bodywork sketch created jointly by Scarnati and Zuccheli in 1952 was taken up by Bertone and Ghia to give birth to the characteristic features of the Giulietta Sprint; Even though the two famous coachbuilders had conflicting ideas, it was Bertone who took the lead from Ghia and ensured the industrial production of the Alfa's bodywork, enabling the firm to meet its specifications.

Contrary to the usual practice, the coupé was presented before the sedan and the cabriolet, both of which were unveiled a year later; the cabriolet, which was to be called "spider", was produced under the impulse of Max Hoffman, importer of a large number of European brands in the United States and who was aware of the importance of cabriolets on the overseas market. The design of the spider is signed by Pininfarina who was in a race against Bertone for this project but whose lines were more appealing for its simplicity and its resemblance to the coupe; the observant eye will notice that the coachbuilder was largely inspired by the Lancia B24 also designed by him.

A ceremony was held when the 100,000th Giulietta was built, proving to the market that Alfa Romeo had indeed become an industrial brand.

Beautiful, elegant, racy, the adjectives that journalists used to describe this Alfa Spider when it was first released are still used today and the recipe of a light cabriolet with a lively engine still works, as this model is much sought after by collectors and makes the Spider a "must have".

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider we present to you was first registered in May 1961; acquired by its current owner in 2015, the car was then already restored by the Dougnac garage in Toulouse, a Fiat and Alfa Romeo specialist, which undertook upholstery, paint and mechanical work in order to bring the car back to a beautiful state. Thus, the front seats were dressed in black skai with blue piping to match the bodywork; the exterior received a complete paint job in an original Alfa Romeo Celeste KF colour and the chrome was reworked to give it back its original shine. Inside, the black and white Bakelite steering wheel and the original Voxson radio are in good condition and elegantly dress the interior. The dashboard is painted in the same color as the bodywork as in the original and the three gauges facing the driver are functional. A new waterproof black soft top matching the seat completes the car. Mechanically, the original 1300 cc engine works normally without showing any major defects in a pleasant sound, the gearbox gears shift normally without sticking and the ride on this convertible is very pleasant. Underlined by superb lines, this convertible turns the heads of many when you are on board; we offer you the chance to acquire a part of the Italian elegance contained in this Giulietta with its mythical engine and its bright color; a weapon of seduction!
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