The Giulietta was a major departure for Alfa Romeo. In the years before and just after the Second World War, Alfa had built its reputation on large and luxurious performance cars. With the Giulietta, however, the company switched to a formula of small, nimble sports cars. Unexpectedly successful, Alfa built on the Giulietta and its successor Giulia for decades, building legions of fans for its crisp, sharp engine's performance and the alacrity of its simple but effective chassis.. First created as a special series awarded as prizes in an Italian national lottery, the Giulietta Sprint coupe amazed its lucky winners with its performance and handling. Alfa rushed the Bertone-bodied Sprint into series production, followed by the Berlina 4-door sedan and Pinin Farina's Spider in 1955. Renowned for their incredible responsiveness and the eager performance of their 1,290 cc twin cam aluminum alloy engines, they were as rewarding to drive as many larger or more expensive automobiles of the day, and frequently took the measure of more expensive and exotic cars on race tracks.
This 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider was completed on July 31, 1961, and sold to Alfa Romeo USA on August 23,1961. It is a beautiful, fresh ground up restoration finished in its original color of red with a black interior, black convertible top, red carpets, correct vinyl floor mats, original hubcaps and Michelin tires. The interior also includes a period appropriate multi-band radio and has been fitted with seatbelts. Both the engine bay and trunk are highly detailed, and the engine itself has been upgraded to Veloce specs with dual Weber carburetors to give 90 horsepower, 10 more than the standard Normale. Paint, chrome and panel fit on this example are very good, and it is a fantastic, enjoyable specimen of this lively classic Italian sports car. Please note that the car is titled as a 1963.