The Alfa Romeo Giulietta, first seen at the 1954 Turin Motor Show in coupe form, was intended as a small platform that could easily 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.
Despatched on the 3rd April 1962, this Tipo 101.03 Giulietta Spider was delivered new to Hoffman’s own dealership in New York City, in the avantgarde colour scheme of Blanco with a red leather interior. The Spider has since been restored, with a colour change to the traditional Italian sports car combination of Rosso red with a black leather interior. This delightful car is offered today from the collection of a gentleman who is fortunate enough to own several Italian sports cars of this era.
The Giulietta Spider is one of Alfa Romeo’s most iconic post-war automobiles, and 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.”