To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale event, April 1-3, 2016.
Chassis No. 149506495
Estimate: $ 60,000 - $ 80,000 US
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta, first seen at the 1954 Turin Motor Show in coupe form, was intended as a small platform that could cut through narrow European streets with ease. Alfa went on to produce a saloon version in 1955, and at the request of U.S. importer Max Hoffman, a convertible variant of the Giulietta was also produced in that same year. The spider was based on the Sprint, and it utilized a variant of Alfa Romeo’s 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine, which could produce 74 horsepower. The convertible weighed in at 1,896 pounds and was 121 pounds lighter than its coupe sibling, which translated into marked improvements in performance and resulted in a top speed close to 100-mph.
This is an early and desirable short wheelbase 750 series of the Giulietta Spider equipped with a Normale 1.3-liter, DOHC inline four-cylinder engine that has the same corresponding engine numbers (45486) that are both visible on the chassis tag under the hood, along with the same numbers stamped on the engine block. The owner also notes that he has a letter from Alfa Romeo documenting the car's authenticity.
The 750 series are considered to be somewhat more desirable to certain collectors as they are eligible for more rallies and events than later cars. This particular example belongs to a private collector in South Florida whom has an affinity for Italian classics and racecars. Upon purchasing the Alfa in California, he noted a solid car without prior body work or welding and none of this rework was needed – so he concluded this to be a great candidate for restoration. All paintwork was stripped and the car was put on a rotisserie and was restored by his personal in-house restoration shop and treated to the gorgeous colors of gray over red interior. This car runs great and is a stunning example ready to be enjoyed on the road or shows.
The Giulietta Spider has Pininfarina styling and is one of Alfa Romeo’s most iconic post-war automobiles, plus it represents an affordable way to step into classic Italian motoring. Upon testing an Alfa Romeo Spider, Autocar magazine wrote that “there is no more desirable small sports car; it sets standards of performance, handling, and refinement that very few others can match.” 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Normale