1961 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA SPIDER BY PININFARINA
• Chassis no. AR 170384
• Engine no. AR00102 24850
• Documents: Assorted receipts and paperwork and Italian Libretto
• 74 bhp, 1,290 cc DOHC inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension and solid rear axle with four-wheel coil springs, and front and rear hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,250 mm
• Single-family ownership from new
• Exceptionally original, including matching hardtop
• Featured in the Italian film The Best of Youth
Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta was originally designed in the early 1950s as a small coupé to dart through narrow European streets with ease. Originally introduced at the 1954 Turn Motor Show, a saloon version arrived in 1955 and a convertible variant was introduced the same year. The Giulietta Spider was based on the Sprint, and it utilized a variant of Alfa Romeo’s 1.3-litre, four-cylinder engine, which could produce 74 horsepower. Weighing in at just 1,896 pounds, 121 pounds lighter than the coupé, it boasted more exciting performance than the coupé as well as a top speed near 100 mph. Its performance was remarkable, especially considering that the car only produced 74 brake horsepower.
It quickly became the favourite of the Giulietta line and came to define the marque in the post-war era. An updated version was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1959 and featured many cosmetic changes, including new recessed headlights, a revised nose and grille design, and a redesigned dashboard for the interior.
Purchased new by the consignor’s aunt in 1961 and inherited by him after her passing, this little Giulietta Spider has remained in Italy since the day it was built. The car is claimed to be all-original and is offered with its original matching hardtop. Adding to its single-family ownership, the Giulietta was featured in the Italian film The Best of Youth in 2003.
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