Sporting elegant coachwork designed and built by Pininfarina, the 1.3-litre 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 bonnet air scoop, necessary to clear the larger engine’s taller block, readily identified the new model. The capacity increase boosted maximum power of Alfa’s classic twin-cam four from 80 to 92bhp and the car’s top speed to 109mph. Reliability was likewise enhanced and the larger engine was noticeably smoother and less fussy. A five-speed gearbox was standard on the Giulia Spider, which remained in production until 1966. Towards the end of production the up-rated Spider Veloce was introduced, which came with the Sprint Speciale’s 129bhp engine installed, making it the fastest of the mainstream production Giulias. The Giulia Spider is certainly one of the most attractive Alfa Romeos of its day and remains highly regarded now, especially in its ultimate Veloce specification.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider 1600 Veloce we are offering here is chassis AR*390906. According to the Alfa Romeo – Centro Documentazione it left the works on 28 May 1965 and was destined new for the German market (Frankfurt), where it was delivered a month later on June 25th. Originally finished in stunning Grigio Grafite with red interior – a colour combination which the car still retains today -, this example benefits from the uprated front disc brakes from new.
During the early 90s AR*390906 was exported to Italy and purchased by local collector Marco Nivolo from Torino, who had the car registered with ‘TO30909W’ plates. By June 1997 the car was sold to another collector, Giovani Tissara of Torino, who kept the car for nearly 10 years. At this stage the car underwent a restoration to exacting original standards. By March 2006 Gianfranco Milani from Milan acquired the car and sold it a year later to a lady, Hella Van der Heuvel, also from Milan. Six years later the car was purchased by a dealer from northern Italy specialized in vintage Alfa Romeo, who performed a service on the car before selling it to its current owner.
Accompanied with its books, original tool roll, ASI gold plate and finished to exact original standards, this example represents one of the most desirable Alfa Romeo of its time.