The Giulietta, and later the Giulia are the cars that took Alfa Romeo from being a relatively small production company to being an economically viable and successful firm. Prior to that, they had produced large and expensive cars, and never in very large numbers. With the Giulietta/Giulia, however, Alfa Romeo produced significant numbers of these charming and capable cars. Its success was due in part to its unique placement in the market. It was neither a large hugely expensive car, nor was it a very small utility car (such as the Fiat 500). Instead, they were affordable enough so that many could buy them, yet permitted a more glamorous and useful approach to motoring that really struck a chord with buyers on both sides of the Atlantic.
This particular Giulia Spider is a restored car, largely converted to Veloce specification, powered by a 1600cc engine which was originally in a carbureted Duetto. The car comes from a long-term Alfa Romeo enthusiast, who bought his first Giulietta Alfa in 1972. In late 1974, he upgraded to this Giulia Spider, as it had an exquisite body, and an odometer reading of just 22,500 miles at that time. Needing cosmetic attention, the current owner drove the car through 1975, and then moved from Austin, Texas to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, leaving the Alfa with a specialist for restoration. The Giulia was disassembled and a body up restoration began. The body was acid dipped, primed and painted (once in 1977 and a second time in 1992). During this process the car was verified to be rust and repair free. At this point the 1600 Duetto (largely equivalent to Veloce specification) engine was acquired and mated to the 5-speed gearbox. This engine was rebuilt in 2002. However, prior to completion, those heading up the restoration works suffered life changing personal problems, and it was not until 2012 that Bob Fernald, who co-owned Italian Motors in Austin at that time, was able to resume the process, and re-assemble the car, completing what turned out to be a 37 year process. Today, the car shows just under 26,000 miles, which may very well be correct from new, given the fact that it was disassembled for most of its life.
Since completion, 1,500 miles of sorting have been logged, and the car has a nice, resolved feel on the road. It starts easily, has good power with crisp carburation, and a very nice gearbox with good synchro's, both warm and cold. The disc brakes slow the car down evenly, which is a nice change from the drums found on Giuliettas.
.Alfa Spiders, particularly the Giulietta and Giulia series cars, are very gratifying to drive and to own. They are non-pretentious, and widely eligible for driving events, and well-suited to nearly all they are eligible for. This restored and strong running Giulia Spider is an ideal entry level collectible, and is sure to give its new owner many miles of pleasurable motoring.
Each and every car supplied by Monument Garage comes fully valeted, serviced to manufacture specifications (if required), 12 months MOT and 3 months warranty (if applicable). There are various Funding Plans available, one of which may help with the purchase of the car, so we would like to invite you to visit the showroom to view the car, meet 'The Team' and discuss any vehicle you may have to part exchange.
Running Costs are as follows: Road Tax (12 Months): £0 | Insurance Group (1-50): NA | Fuel Consumption (Combined):NA mpg.
We are a small friendly family business operating in Brigg, North Lincolnshire with an enthusiastic, knowledgeable team of staff giving a personal service to everyone we meet. We have well over 50 years experience in the motor trade and most of our stock is ‘hand picked’ from main dealer groups from across the country. Every car is prepared to a high standard and presented immaculately in our 40 car indoor heated showroom. We operate a ‘no pressure’ attitude in the way we work and generally find customers choose to buy cars from us, so if you are looking for a small runabout or a luxury saloon, please call in to see us. Our up to date website provides full details of all the cars we have; www.monumentgarage.com. We hope we will get the opportunity to welcome you to our showroom to discuss your requirements, alternatively please call us on: 01652 656560.