1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider

When it arrived on the scene in 1954, Alfa Romeo’s delightful Giulietta series quickly became a best seller for the Milanese marque, and it went on to become one of the most widely beloved sporting cars of all time. Central to the Giulietta was its twin-cam 1300 cc inline-four and brilliant chassis, each brimming with that ineffable balance and character that defined Italian cars of the period. The versatile unibody platform was cleverly designed to accommodate various bodies and could be stretched or shortened with relative ease. While it was intended for mass-production, each variant highlighted the work of a different coachbuilder, and many enthusiasts credit the mass-market Giulietta for igniting the renaissance of Italian coachbuilding in the late 1950s. The factory-produced four-door Berlina was the biggest seller, which also formed the basis of a handful of estate versions built by Carrozzeria Colli. Second to the Berlina was the elegant Bertone-built Sprint coupe, followed by the gorgeous Pininfarina-built spider. Bertone also produced the limited-run Sprint Speciale, while Zagato was entrusted to clothe the slippery and lightweight competition versions. Effortlessly pretty without relying on heavy jewelry or exaggerated lines, Pininfarina’s superb Giulietta Spider was practically an instant icon and a symbol of carefree Italian motoring in the era of “La Dolce Vita.”

For 1963, Alfa Romeo updated their Giulietta line with a host of mechanical improvements, the most significant being the 1600 cc engine, now making 112 horsepower in Sprint Veloce specification. The new car, internally known as the 101-series was named Giulia (a clever play on it being a grown up version of Giulietta). Offered in Normale or high-performance Veloce specification, the Giula spider added a dose of exoticism to the competitive sports car field, thanks to its larger 1600 cc twin-cam engine, 5-speed gearbox, and powerful finned alloy drum brakes. Today’s collectors and enthusiasts continue to cherish the Giulia Spider for its endearing character and performance, making it a popular choices for rallies, tours, and casual driving events.

This 1963 Giulia Spider is presented in the classic combination of red over black upholstery. The recipient of a comprehensive restoration, this attractive example benefits from recent service by an Alfa Romeo specialist. The restoration appears very well executed, with high-quality paintwork in excellent condition inside and out. It displays a pleasing depth to the finish, complemented by fine detailing, including beautifully restored brightwork and trim. It rides on the factory-correct Fergat disc wheels fitted with new Vredestein Sprint Classic radials, ensuring a period-correct look with modern performance ability.

The cockpit features period-correct black upholstery with black piping, providing a dramatic contrast to the red paintwork. Carpets, seats, and door panels are all in excellent condition, displaying minimal signs of use since its restoration. Tucked behind the seats is a new black soft top, which erects easily. The remainder of the cabin is well-detailed with the original steering wheel, instruments, period Voxson Sebring radio, and correct embossed rubber floor mats and trunk liner. Under the bonnet sits a proper 1600cc twin-cam and five-speed gearbox. The engine compartment is immaculate and well detailed, with high-quality paintwork and period-appropriate fittings. With its 1600 cc motor punching above its class, this marvelous little Giulia Spider delivers pure motoring pleasure in abundance.

One trip around the block in this lovely Giulia Spider is enough to experience why so many enthusiasts get hooked for life on the joys of driving an Alfa Romeo.

 

Offers welcome and trades considered 

 

$76,500

Stock number 7544

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