Although the 1900 had been its first successful post-war model, it was Alfa Romeo’s next offering, the 1.3-litre Giulietta, which established the small car, big performance’ formula that would characterise the Milanese marque’s finest offerings from then on. The Giulietta’s arrival in 1954 caused a sensation; demand outstripped supply at first, causing Alfa to rethink its production strategy and become, for the first time, a high-volume manufacturer. The original Giulietta Sprint Coupé of 1954 was soon joined by Berlina and Spider versions. Sporting elegant coachwork designed and built by Pininfarina, the Giulietta Spider was a huge success and continued virtually unchanged in 1.6-litre Giulia guise when the latter joined the Alfa line-up in 1962. A five-speed gearbox was standard on the Giulia 1600 Spider, which remained in production until replaced by the Duetto in 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.
As confirmed by Alfa Romeo, this car with chassis number AR390590 corresponds to an Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce (101.18) painted white and with black interior, built on the 6th April 1965 and sold on April 8 to Alfa Romeo in Newark USA.
The car was re-imported back into Italy in the ‘90s and has been restored and furnished as a racing car.
The last owner bought the car in 2003 and competed in the Italian Classics Championship and the Targa Florio. After a period when the car has not been in use, in 2011 it’s fuel tank was uprated to comply with FIA, also the engine has been completely overhauled . The car has a good history file.
|Auction||Autosport International January 2016|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Model||Giulia 1600 Spider Veloce|
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