Lot 259 - 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider
|Odometer reading||23,009 miles|
|Estimate||£55,000 - £65,000|
|Result||Sold - £58,240|
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta (series 750 and 101) was Alfa Romeo's first, successful foray into the 1.3-litre class. From 1954 to 1965, a total of 177,690 Giuliettas were made with the great majority in Berlina saloon, Sprint Coupé or Spider Roadster body-styles but also as Sprint Speciale, Sprint Zagato Coupés and Promiscua estate variants. In mid 1955, the open two-seat Giulietta Spider, featuring convertible bodywork by Pininfarina was introduced. The car used unibody construction and a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout.
According to Alfa Romeo Automobilisimo Storico, this stunning car was manufactured on 19th July, 1961 and sold on 13th September, 1961 in Milan, Italy. This car was manufactured in San Giorgio, just north of Turin and was first sold just east of there in Milan in 1961. During most of its life, this Spider remained in and around the regions surrounding Milan and as such has enjoyed a preserved existence in a dry climate.
This is a beautiful example is presented with a flawless Alfa Rosso exterior. The pretty design begins with a nest of sparkling chrome work featuring a delicately composed grille proudly displaying the Visconti badge. The Giulietta illustrates a smooth and elegant design that is only briefly interrupted by the raised rear quarter haunch with excellent panel fit and finish.
The undercarriage has been sympathetically restored to tally correctly with the outstanding presentation on top. The two tone cabin has survived remarkably well with the vinyl seats in near perfect order. The carpet set is clean and tidy, with no unsightly marks or tears whilst the padded dash features chromed instrumentation housing a novel oil/water and petrol gauge; a simple yet stylish touch typical of the era. Door cards remain taught and smooth, home to a glowing selection of chrome handles.
Mechanically, the car runs smoothly with good oil pressure and temperatures. All gearbox syncros enable trouble-free gear changes both up and down ratios, with the action remaining light and easy to use, whilst the engine bay presents brightly with no unsightly corrosion. Crucially this car retains it's original and correct engine and gearbox. The car sits on period correct steel wheels, pleasantly brightened by chrome hub caps featuring the Visconti/Milano badging and the drum brakes operate smoothly and pull up the lightweight Spider with a minimum of fuss. A full report on the restoration of the underside is present alongside original Italian papers and ownership documentation. The car is UK registered having been imported from Italy late 2014 and is supplied with an MoT test certificate valid to April 2018. A superbly rare motorcar and one of the most iconic and beautiful post war designs.
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