*This is a translation done by a machine.
When most people hear the phrase "old Alfa Romeo convertible," maybe what they think of most is not the Duetto, but the styling of the Giulietta Spider and Giulia Spider. It's classic and sensual. Slender and glamorous. Elegant and sporty. Many people will find it one of the masterpieces of Pininfarina's works released in the 1950s. There must be very few people who would be able to dismiss that opinion out of hand.
Giulietta Spyder made her debut in 1954. As you know, it is the open version of the Giulietta series which Alfa Romeo, who changed to a mass production car manufacturer after the World War 2, launched as a small mass sale model from the previous 1900 series. The first model, the 2+2 Berlinetta, was designed by Franco Scaglione, who had been working at Bertone; the Berlina, which debuted next, was designed by the design team that would later evolve into Alfa Romeo's Centro Stile (design center); and the Spider, as mentioned earlier, was styled by Pininfarina.
The Spider, introduced in 1955, had a more compact chassis with a wheelbase 180mm shorter than that of the Berlinetta and Berliner, partly because it was a two-seater. In addition, the proportions of the car looked as if it could have been a Lancia or Maserati, which shows the designer's ability.
The engine used is the same as the series, an all-aluminum inline four-cylinder DOHC with a displacement of 1290cc. The initial standard model was about 65ps, but even so, the light body weight of less than 900kg made for a sporty ride, and it was well received. Soon after, the engine was powered up to 80ps, which further increased its reputation.
In 1958, the wheelbase was extended by 50 mm and the details were improved, and the 750 series evolved into the 101 series. In 1962, the 1570cc Giulia TI debuted as the successor to the Giulietta and Berlina, and the Spider underwent minor changes to match. The power of the engine was 92ps, almost the same as that of the Veloce, which was a high-performance model in the Giulia Spider lineup. In order to accommodate the slightly taller engine, the engine hood was slightly bulged and a wide air scoop was added, but that is the only clear difference in appearance. There were no major changes in the styling, which showed its unique beauty.
The model introduced here is the Giulia Spider, the final evolution of the Giulietta Spider in terms of lineage, with enhanced sports car performance. The production period is less than 2 years until 1964, and it is a valuable model with much less production than the Giulietta Spider.
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This Giulia Spider is a rare example of a 1963 model, right-hand drive with British specifications.
The current owner purchased the car in June of 2017. Initially, the car was not in perfect condition, so he started driving it after giving it a good workout on the parts related to driving. But from then on, he just drove a few hundred kilometers each year, mainly early morning or at night to avoid traffic and to keep the car in good shape. He decided to let go of the car because he became hesitant about driving due to the spread of infectious diseases and he had several other cars.
On the day of the interview, the totalizer read 93126km. We were not sure if this was the actual mileage or not. The car is usually stored in a tower parking lot.
Since the car came into the possession of the current owner, no work has been done to either the interior or exterior, except for keeping it clean on a daily basis. In other words, it is in the same condition as when it left the store where it was purchased.
In terms of the exterior, there are light dents and cracks in the paint on the underside of the front bumper and the rear bumper, but these are also from when I bought it. There are also some minor scratches behind the left door and the left rear of the trunk lid, cracks around the battery inside the trunk, and cracks in the paint around the catch of the engine compartment hood and the bulkhead, but these are also from the time of purchase.
On the interior, there are some minor paint cracks and scratches on the dash panel, the gauges are dimmed in keeping with the age of the car, and there is some light rust on the shift lever, but these are also from when the car was purchased.
There may be some parts that have been repainted or partially repaired, but there is no evidence of any major restoration. The body of the car is not loose, and the car's posture is well balanced. As for the interior, I changed the sheet to a new one when I bought it, and the trim was kept clean, so it is a very good condition. I've listed some of the details, but if it's a non-restored car, I'd say it's in pretty good condition. Also, I like the fact that there are no strange modifications. The engine started without any difficulty, the rotation was light and smooth, and the shifting was moderate and pleasant, giving a good impression of the engine.
The Giulia Spider will probably look even more beautiful after some work is done on the details, but for the time being, the Giulia Spyder can be fully enjoyed in its current state. By the way, the tire of 165/80R15 of Bridgestone sneakers is almost in a state of leaving unevenness beautifully. The tonneau cover I made when I bought the car is still almost unused. The spare wheel, which is stored elsewhere, will of course be delivered with the car.
The Giulia Spider and Giulietta Spider, as I mentioned at the beginning of this article, are truly beautiful looking models, and because of this, they have graced the screen in many movies, including the famous "The Day of the Jackal" and "Pierrot Le Fou", the Japanese "It Started in the Alps", and the newer "NINE".
And now Alfa Romeo (and not only Alfa Romeo) is steering towards electrification and creating a new future. There may no longer be a pleasant internal combustion engine only Alfa Romeo.
At this point in time, isn't it a blessing to be able to start up a beautiful twin-cam engine with an analog feel, wearing styling that everyone recognizes as beautiful? I can't help but think so.
Originally written by Tomoyuki Shimada
Photo by Yoshitada Moro
Published on October 2021
|Year of Purchase||Sep 1988|