Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Normale
Introduced in 1962, Alfa Romeo’s Giulia was a much appreciated improvement on the already superb Giulietta which itself had been upgraded in 1959 to the 101 series. Comprising mostly detail improvements, the Giulia’s major change was the increase in the engine size to 1,570 cc (nominally 1,600 cc). This was accomplished by increases of 5 mm in bore and 13 mm in stroke. The 21.7% increase in displacement, and particularly with the longer stroke, gave the Giulia solid and relaxed performance that its Giulietta predecessor had lacked.
While some might have scoffed at Alfa’s reliance on solid rear axle suspension, they had developed and refined the Giulia’s chassis to a high level of handling and responsiveness, totally free of the peculiar, even evil, handling characteristics that plagued independent rear suspension cars of the period. The precisely controlled suspension geometry responded instantly to driver input and did exactly what its driver expected, progressively and predictably.
Like the Giulietta series it replaced, the Giulia could be had in various body styles, which included the very handsome and sporting Pininfarina-designed Spider Normale. Credited with introducing Alfa Romeos to international markets, the Giulia remains to many, still to this day, the first thing to come to mind when they think of Alfa Romeo. In total only 9,250 examples of the Giulia Normale Spiders were built.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
92 bhp, 1,570 cc twin-cam inline-four cylinder engine, five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension, solid rear axle and trailing arm rear suspension, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,250 mm (88.6").
Source: RM Auctions
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