29 March 2004,
London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
Price realised GBP 14,100
GBP 15,000 - GBP 18,000
1964 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SPIDER
Registration No. BGT 311B
Chassis No. AR383092
Engine No. AR0011212241
Grey with red interior and a black hood
Engine: four cylinder in-line, twin overhead camshafts, 1,570cc, 112bhp at 6,500rpm; Gearbox: five speed manual; Suspension: front independent wishbones and coil springs, rear live axle; Brakes: drum all round. Right hand drive.
Alfa Romeo established itself as one of the truly great producers of exotic sport and racing cars in the time between the two world wars. The early Alfas were handmade and were built in relatively limited numbers. In the process of rebuilding after World War II, Alfa Romeo pursued a trend to build smaller and more affordable cars in an effort to appeal to the masses.
The change over from the Giulietta to the Giulia Series occurred as a gentle transition. The larger displacement 1,570cc engine was substituted into existing type 101-chassis vehicles beginning with the 1962 model year. The stroke increase from 75mm to 82mm made for a more serious, powerful feel and the familiar high-pitched exhaust rasp. With the new engine becoming such a great success, the engineers turned their attention to the body and chassis design. Road & Track found it to be an excellent sports car by any standards.
Delectably finished in grey with contrasting red interior, this delightful two owner example was delivered new via UK agents 'Ken Rudd' on the 26th of June 1964. As testament to the lack of corrosion (commonly associated with Alfas of the period) the car has obviously only been used in fair weather conditions and is therefore in remarkably excellent original condition throughout. Just one small tear on the driver's seat can be noted in the interior. Prior to the second owner's acquisition in 1997 it was repainted to a high standard, the engine bay presents similarly well and the hood is in very good condition. As a credit to the condition and low ownership the 72,000 miles displayed on the odometer is believed genuine. Accompanying the car is the V5 registration document, current MOT certificate (valid until November 2004), original users handbook and numerous old tax discs and MOT certificates. This cataloguer had the pleasure of a passenger ride when the vehicle was inspected and the spritely little gem was great fun and performed faultlessly.
Right hand drive examples in good condition are extremely hard to find and this fine offering is ideal for the coming summer months.
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