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Little Classics News: 22 May 2014

1960 Alfa Set to Get Pulses Racing at Auction

1960 Alfa Set to Get Pulses Racing at AuctionA concours 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider will get pulses racing as it comes to sale at Historics classic car auction at Brooklands on 7th June.

A total of 17,000 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spiders left the Milan factory during the model’s eleven year production run, but the outstanding quality of the example has little to show it was Alfa Romeo’s first truly mass-produced car.

1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SpiderThe covers were removed from the elegant Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider at the 1955 French Motor Show, 25 years after Italian automotive design house Pininfarina opened its doors in Turin. Originally conceived solely with the idea of exports to the USA via the Alfa Romeo West Coast distributor, Hoffman, the Giulietta proved a global sales success, and helped mould the illustrious future of Pininfarina.

The classic Giulietta on sale at Historics’ largest sale of the year was amongst the first 600 to be sent to Hoffman. A letter on file from 'Automobilismo Storico' (the Alfa Romeo museum archive, Arase, Milan), which is included within the delightfully-presented history file, confirms that chassis AR 1495.09379 was manufactured on 25 March 1960 and sold to Hoffman Motor Co in the USA on 20 April 1960. The Giulietta was subsequently imported back to Europe on 30th October 1989.

1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Engine Bay19 years later, a fastidious, no-expense-spared restoration began and was completed three years later, in 2011. The works included the bodyshell being completely stripped down to bare metal with every component on the car dismantled. All areas of corrosion were removed and parts replaced as necessary. The shell was then treated and re-sprayed in Alfa Rosso Chiaro (AR 505) - an original Giulietta colour.

All mechanical and ancillary components were either rebuilt or replaced. This includes the fully rebuilt 1,290cc engine, new stainless steel fuel tank, and restored steel wheels complete with new tyres (including the spare).

To improve the usability, the original 4-speed gearbox was replaced with a rebuilt 5-speed unit and an electronic ignition system added to assist better starting, reliability and running.

1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider interiorThe same superb attention to detail applies to the interior of this magnificent Giulietta. All new wool carpets were fitted, the seats re-trimmed in leather and new door cards & side panels fitted. A new mohair hood keeps the weather out when required and, for winter use, the rare and desirable Pininfarina hardtop has been sourced and refurbished with new sealing rubbers, side & front fixing hooks, full internal beige lining and finished in Rosso Chiaro to match the coachwork.

The Giulietta is UK registered, with a current MOT test certificate valid until March 2015 and Historic tax status valid until the end of January 2015.

Having covered less than 400 miles since its complete restoration, interest in this fine example of the elegant and utterly useable Giulietta will be significant at the estimate of £35,000-£42,000 - a price well below current restoration costs.

The 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider joins 120+ other prime classic cars, plus a similar volume of classic motorcycles, at Historics’ auction.


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