1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia
Year of manufacture1963
ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SPIDER 1600 (1963)
CHASSIS N. AR376411
ENGINE: IN LINE 4 CYLINDER TWIN-CAM
DISPLACEMENT: 1570 CM3
POWER: 92 CV
BODY STYLE: SPIDER PININFARINA
Following the big 6C and 8C of the 1930s, and the exponential development of the sector dedicated to the production of aero engines for the war effort, after 1945 Alfa Romeo – which had already joined the IRI fifteen years earlier and was therefore state-owned - had to plan a decisive change of direction in order to survive.
With orders in the air sector reduced to a minimum, the large company could not get by just producing a few examples of luxury vehicles but had to expand towards more accessible ranges that were numerically more important on the motorcar market.
So from the 6C 2500 it moved on to the four cylinder 1900, whilst it prepared –also from an organizational and industrial viewpoint – its entrance onto the medium-sized vehicle market.
This happened in 1955 with the Giulietta, an agile and nippy vehicle powered by a modern four cylinder 1300 CC engine with double overhead cam distribution. Alfa Romeo demonstrated that, even by dropping down a segment, it did not intend to forgo the technical, mechanical and brilliant driving characteristics that had made it a point of reference in the motoring world. The four door saloon was soon joined by a Coupé and a Spider, designed by two great Maestros at the peak of their creativity: Nuccio Bertone and Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina respectively. The Giulietta, even more than its high-ranking ancestors, was the basis of the success of the Alfa Romeo Brand we see today.
The Giulia was the logical evolution of the Giulietta: more modern, faster, and also easier to build. Whilst the saloon was revolutionized, with a very aerodynamic line, the Giulia Spider was luckily kept almost identical to the Giulietta, with small modifications such as the air inlet on the bonnet, the bigger rear lights and, above all, the 1600 CC engine and approximately 92 horsepower.
Whilst 14,300 examples of the Giulietta Spider were built, there were only 9,250 Giulia Spiders.
These vehicles were among the absolute protagonists of the Italian ‘economic boom’ of the 1960s, and appeared in many movies driven by the film stars of the time. They enjoyed good results abroad, especially in the United States, where they laid the foundations for the success that was subsequently embodied by the next model, the Duetto.
With the Giulietta and the Giulia Spider the segment of sporty Spiders with medium displacement was born that still survives today.
This vehicle was registered in Como on 26/7/63, and then later, on 1/9/66, it was sold in the province of Milano when it obtained the registration plate it still carries today.
It is in excellent condition and represents a good opportunity for anyone who would like to obtain an iconic vehicle that is great fun to drive, supported by Clubs, specialists and spare parts dealers, and highly sought-after by collectors all over the world.
The vehicle is in excellent mechanical condition but, for safety reasons, we advise the purchaser to have it checked over and to replace the fluids, filters and perishable elements.