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.
First registered on the 1st January 1962, this beautiful example features the more powerful 92hp 1600cc engine, which we understand runs perfectly and drives very nicely. Overall the Spider displays a delightful patina, with no signs of corrosion to the bodywork and a very nicely preserved interior. The Spider shows 26,960 kilometres recorded, and is offered with French registration papers.
With the legendary twin-cam motor in full song, driving this achingly pretty sports car with the wind in the hair must surely be the epitome of “La Dolce Vita”!