Designed by Pininfarina on a modified Sprint Coupe chassis that had been shortened by five inches, the Alfa Giulietta Spider was the company’s second post-war model. The little two-seat Sports Spider was introduced in mid-1955 at the insistence of New York importer Max Hoffman, who saw how well small British and German sports cars were being received in America. The Giulietta Spider offered brisk performance (almost 100 mph) from its free-reving all-alloy 1.3-liter twin-cam four mounted in a steel unibody chassis that weighed less than 1900 lbs at the curb. With the installation of a 1600 cc engine, the Spider became the slightly larger Giulia, and remained available in that form until the arrival of the iconic Duetto in 1966.
In recent years, Giuliettas, especially the Spiders, are gaining recognition as good value in the collector’s market and prices have been rising steadily, following the course of that other post-war small-displacement favourite, the Porsche 356. Many have been prepared for vintage racing, where they deliver good performance and predictable handling, often giving their rivals a good run for their money.
The car offered here today is one of the early ones produced, exactly the #135 produced. As confirmed by Mr. Fazio of the Alfa Romeo Documentation Centre, this car was produced by Alfa Romeo on the 7th June 1956 and was sold to the Hoffman Motor Car Company of New York the 19th June of the 1956. The car is equipped with the correct series engine number AR1315*40541. This car is rare as it comes with a manual transmission mounted on the steering-wheel. Finished in white, this car was imported into Italy in 1993. This Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider is also eligible for the Mille Miglia.