1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider  Chassis no. AR 10103 171827 Engine no. AR 0010229591
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1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Chassis no. AR 10103 171827 Engine no. AR 0010229591
Sold for US$ 63,800 inc. premium

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1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider  Chassis no. AR 10103 171827 Engine no. AR 0010229591 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider  Chassis no. AR 10103 171827 Engine no. AR 0010229591 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider  Chassis no. AR 10103 171827 Engine no. AR 0010229591 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider  Chassis no. AR 10103 171827 Engine no. AR 0010229591 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider  Chassis no. AR 10103 171827 Engine no. AR 0010229591 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider  Chassis no. AR 10103 171827 Engine no. AR 0010229591 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider  Chassis no. AR 10103 171827 Engine no. AR 0010229591 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider  Chassis no. AR 10103 171827 Engine no. AR 0010229591 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider  Chassis no. AR 10103 171827 Engine no. AR 0010229591 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider  Chassis no. AR 10103 171827 Engine no. AR 0010229591
1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider
Chassis no. AR 10103 171827
Engine no. AR 0010229591
1,290cc DOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Solex Carburetor
91bhp at 6,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Finned Drum Brakes

*Beautifully presented Giulietta
*One owner for 47 years
*Tastefully refurbished largely original example
*Delivered new to the US
*Eligible for many great driving events



The Alfa Romeo Giulietta

With the introduction of the 1300cc Giulietta in 1954, Alfa Romeo established the 'small car, big performance' formula that would characterize its finest offerings from that point on. The Giulietta's arrival caused a sensation; demand quickly outstripped supply, causing Alfa Romeo to rethink its production strategy and become, for the first time, a high volume manufacturer. The original Giulietta Sprint Coupe of 1954 was soon joined by a more practical Berlina and a charming Spider, the latter sporting elegant coachwork designed and built by Pinin Farina. The original 750 series Giulietta later evolved to the 101 series, lengthening the wheelbase by two inches, providing better driver comfort. Giuliettas soon became known for their intelligent engineering, brisk performance, great handling and good looks. The dual overhead camshaft alloy engine, fully synchronized manual transmission and large, finned drum brakes made them a favorite among sports car enthusiasts.


The Motorcar Offered

Completed at the Milan-based Alfa Romeo works in late 1961, the charming Giulietta offered here was built for the US market. Sold new in Seattle, Washington, the car's first owner is believed to have been a member of the Bullitt Family, local radio and television broadcasting tycoons. A few years later, with just 12,000 miles on the clock, the Giulietta was sold to Harry Jones of Bothell, Washington. The Alfa would remain in Mr. Jones ownership for the next 47 years, averaging just 1,446 miles a year, while being carefully maintained mechanically and cosmetically. The car was the subject of an online newspaper article in April 2010, which highlighted its original nature and long-term ownership.

The largely original and preserved Spider was finally sold in late 2011 to another Washington state resident. The new owner embarked on a top end refurbishment of the engine soon after purchasing the Spider. The cylinder head received new valves and guides, as well as a new timing chain. New Koni shock absorbers were installed to ensure the great handling these cars are known for. All mechanical work was performed by Autostrada of Anacortes, Washington, the Alfa Romeo specialists who also supervised the cosmetic freshening.

The original Pinin Farina body had suffered some minor scrapes over the years and those areas were carefully refinished and blended in for the beautiful overall finish seen on the car today. The bumpers were replated, and many smaller details of the exterior were corrected. In the cockpit, the seats were re-trimmed in the correct pattern, the seat frames were rebuilt and powder coated, and the door panels replaced. The original rubber floor mats were showing wear and were replaced with new English Wilton wool in red with the correct rubber firewall mat. A new top was neatly installed onto the restored original frame, with newly plated latches and links, and a new top cover was installed. Upon close inspection today, it is clear that this appealing Alfa Romeo is a wonderful blend of preservation and thoughtful refurbishment. This beautiful Giulietta Spider from arguably the best era of Italian motoring would be a great car for spirited drives, or a suitable entry to some of the best rallies around the world.

Without reserve

Footnotes

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled as 1963 and with chassis number 171827
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