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1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

  • Early short chassis example
  • Fitted with Giulia 1570cc engine & 5-speed gearbox
  • Original 1290cc engine included in sale
  • Fabulous colour combination
  • Ultimate drivers Giulietta Spider in exceptional condition

MODEL HISTORY

Alfa Romeo dominated the Pre-war era with some of the most exciting and technically advanced road and race cars of the time, including such exquisite models as the 8C Monza, P3 Monoposto and the legendary 2900.    After the war, despite the challenges for material and workers, they were soon up and running and producing again some of the best cars of the period.  Back on the grid with the racing 158 Alfetta and soon blowing the competition away on the road.

With the introduction of the Giulietta in 1954, Alfa Romeo established the small, light car with big performance formula that would characterise the brand for the next half of the century.  So popular was the Giulietta that the factory had to completely rethink how they made and sold cars and they geared up for high volume production – not something they have done until then.

The Giulietta was originally launched as a sprint coupe, however, a berlina saloon and a spider versions quickly joined the range. The spider was penned by Pinin Farina on a modified sprint coupe and was launched in 1955, largely at the bequest of New York importer Max Hoffman who saw the potential for the model.  The spider offered brisk performance of near 100mph, from its 1390cc, 4 cylinder, DOHC engine, particularly as the car weighed in at less than 1900lbs and the curb.

THIS MOTOR CAR

A Centro Documentazione Alfa Romeo Heritage Certificate confirms this early Giulietta Spider (chassis 1495 00802) to have a build date of 30/10/1956 and a delivery date of 10/11/1956 in New York. The car had made its way over to LA by the late 1980s from where it was imported into the UK in 1989 at which time it was described as rust free but requiring a full restoration.

In 2004, the car was bought by a well-know Giulietta Club member who undertook a comprehensive restoration which was completed in 2008. The car was finished in the fabulous colour combination of Grigo Grafite with a new burgundy leather interior with matching Wilton carpets and burgundy 3-point lap and shoulder belts.  It was also treated to a new black mohair hood. The car was restored to be driven and particularly with touring in mind so the owner took the decision to install a 1570cc Giulia engine fitted with a pair of twin choke Weber carburettors and a Giulia 5-speed gearbox. This gives the car exceptional performance and torque and the extra gear allows longer A-road journeys to be a pleasure. The original block, crankstaft, rods,head, stump and some ancillaries remain with the car so it could be put back to original specification should anyone wish to.  Much of the bodywork restoration was undertaken by marque specialist Chris Robinson of RM Restorations, who also vetted the car for the current owner when be bought it 3 years ago.

This beautiful Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider is an early short chassis example with the ultimate performance package and it is just a wonderful car to drive in every way. It had new tyres fitted 1500 miles ago, it has an extensive history file including details of the restoration and it has cover only 10,500 miles since its restoration.

Available for sale and immediate inspection at The Classic Motor Hub showrooms. Please contact us to arrange a viewing or for any further details.

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