1968 Alfa Romeo Quattroruote

Built in 1967 and 1968 by Alfa Romeo, the Quattroruote was a modern take on the prewar Zagato bodied 6C 1750. Under the skin, the Quattroruote employed the Giulia chassis, including independent front suspension, solid rear axle, and Alfa’s famous 1600cc twin cam inline-4. Like the original 6C, the Quattroruote was bodied by Zagato. Just 92 examples were built during its two years of production, making it a rare Italian thoroughbred.

This particular car is a cosmetically excellent example, and is in excellent shape mechanically, with a massive stack of records from the current ownership period to confirm its meticulous upkeep. The car was in Northern California for about 15 years from about 1992 to 2007, and the previous owner was well known Alfa aficionado Martin Swig. Mr. Swig bought the car sight unseen from rural Illinois, and a true enthusiast who was always ready for an adventure, he attempted to drive it back to California.

A comprehensive restoration was undertaken by highly-regarded Alfa Romeo restorer Conrad Stevenson. The motor and transmission, among other items, were rebuilt. The body was taken down to bare metal and repainted in by Stu Laidlaw. Every known issue was corrected at the time of the restoration.

The repaint was a high quality job which has a mirror finish look. The body is straight, with excellent panel fit all around. The bright work remains fresh as well, with no significant wear or aging. The windshield was most likely replaced as there is virtually no pitting or rock marks and the remaining glass and lights are also excellent. The car sits Michelin XZX 165 SR 15 tires over stock painted wire wheels which show some weathering. The spare has been powder coated and its presentation is crisper than the road wheels.

The interior is in excellent shape. The seats were reupholstered in supple black leather, with the balance of the interior trimmed in matching vinyl. Wool carpet was fitted, along with new diamond-texture rubber floor mats which remain in very good condition. The tachometer and temperature gauges show very minor fading, while the speedometer shows no fading. There is no key for the glove box, and this appears to be the only non-working feature of the car. Unique to this car, is the addition of a beautiful Nardi wood wheel, perfect in condition, similar to those which would have been found on a Ferrari of the same period.

This example has a tight, well sorted feel. The Quattroruote is lighter than the Giulia spyders or Sprints, and the performance is brisk. The engine sounds excellent and pulls strong with no smoke. Second gear syncro is outstanding both warm and cold. All the gauges and accessories work. The engine, transmission, and rear end are all dry and clean. The engine bay and underside have a solid and honest appearance, being clean and tidy, if not quite freshly restored.

Eligible for any and all the events that a Giulia would be, and with the classic lines of the sought after 6C 1750, this car represent excellent motoring value. Just 92 examples were built, and with genuine Zagato bodywork, this is a superb opportunity to acquire a rare and interesting classic car that has excellent usability and is unique while still being straightforward to maintain. This particular example was comprehensively restored by one of the foremost West Coast Alfa Romeo specialists, Conrad Stevenson, and is ready to enjoy.

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