Sporting elegant coachwork designed and built by Pininfarina, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider was a huge success and continued virtually unchanged in 1.6-litre Giulia guise when the latter joined the line-up in 1962. Launched at the Monza Autodrome on 27th June that year, the Giulia range was the work of a design team headed by one of the greatest of Italian automobile engineers, Dr Orazio Satta Puliga, who had been responsible for all the post-war Alfa Romeos.
The capacity increase from 1,300 to 1,600cc boosted maximum power of Alfa’s classic twin-cam four from 80 to 92bhp and the car’s top speed to 109mph. Reliability was likewise enhanced and the larger engine was noticeably smoother and less fussy. A five-speed gearbox was standard on the Giulia 1600 Spider, which remained in production until 1966. Described by Cars Illustrated as ‘probably one of the most delightful small sports cars which will ever be produced,’ the Giulia Spider is certainly one of the most attractive Alfa Romeos of its day and remains highly regarded now.
According to the Alfa Romeo Club UK, the car was manufactured December 1964 and was one of the last Giulias to be imported into the USA. First registered in Texas the Alfa eventually found a home in Toronto in the early ‘80’s and dry stored until it was completely restored in the late ‘90’s. Having then completed 2000 miles in the car RM Restorations travelled to Canada to inspect the car on behalf of a European buyer. The car was purchased and has since enjoyed 40000 miles of dry storage and use.
Inspected by Alfa Romeo Owners Club UK in November 2020, the car presents in excellent condition and has been maintained in the UK by Marque specialists – RM Restorations. The vehicle has been subject to considerable reconditioning & refurbishment and is a credit to its present owner.