Lot 152 - 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider
|Chassis Number||AR 1495 02814|
|Engine Number||AR 1315 50407|
|Odometer reading||43,950 km|
|Estimate||£26,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £23,520|
We are delighted to offer this Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider which, according to the Alfa Romeo Historic Archive in Arese, Milan, was manufactured on 19th November 1957 with the original body colour of white, and was sold on 21st March 1958 in Melegnano, Milan.
Today, this Giulietta sports red coachwork, a change from its original white, and carried out sometime in its earlier life. On inspection, it appears straight and rust free and although applied some years ago, the finish still looks smart. The engine bay is finished in black and gives away the original colour in places. Mechanically, the original 1290cc engine has been replaced with a later 1290cc Berlina block (a common change in period) mated to the standard four-speed gearbox. An early, rare and sought after cylinder head is fitted and fuelled via twin DCO3 sand cast Weber carburettors. As the historic racing fraternity knows, these carburettors are in very high demand and if a set can be found. The engine is also of interest in that it has an early cylinder head with the fuel pump located and driven off the exhaust camshaft. The chrome work does require some renovation and the wheels look original and untouched.
Looking inside, the interior is in good condition and the hood, on removing it from its stowage, operates correctly and is in good order. A large history file accompanies this Giulietta and includes early Giulietta Register club magazines, many magazine articles and cuttings with road test reports from Autocar, Motor and Road and Track and an original Alfa Romeo spare parts catalogue. A large quantity of invoices and notes from its early days in the UK also give a fascinating insight into the car, including records from the well known Alfa Romeo racing driver of the period, John Dooley of Brookside Garage. It also benefits from an MoT test certificate valid until 9th September 2015.
The Giulietta's V5 records the car as having first been registered in October 1996, and in fact the car has been in long-term ownership since then. However a sales invoice from 6th December 1974 suggests the car has been in the UK since 1974; as does a letter from Alfa Romeo (Great Britain) Ltd dated 21st June 1976, stating that the car is to Spider Veloce configuration.
If you can look past this Spider's imperfections, you should be able to see a fabulous and rare, pre 1960, Giulietta that all too infrequently comes onto the market.
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