Open Roads, March | Lot 145
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Spider Veloce by Pininfarina
€82,000 EUR | Sold
| Brusaporto, Italy
17 - 25 March 2021
- Last year of the iconic post-war design
- Highly desirable Veloce performance model
- Factory five-speed manual transmission
Alfa Romeo entered into the post-war era with a new twin-cam, four-cylinder engine design, which was a configuration that would dominate the Italian automaker’s portfolio for decades to come. Initially arriving in Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta line-up in the mid-1950s, the twin-cam would go on to power the updated Giulia range, and it would remain there until the early 1990s.
Sporting elegant coachwork designed and built by Pininfarina, the 1.3-litre Giulietta Spider was a huge success and continued virtually unchanged in 1.6-litre Giulia guise when the latter joined the Alfa line-up in 1962. A hood scoop, necessary to clear the larger engine's taller block, easily identified the new model. The larger engine boosted maximum power of Alfa's venerable twin-cam four from 80 to 92 bhp and the car's top speed to 109 mph. Reliability was likewise enhanced and the larger engine was noticeably smoother and less temperamental. A five-speed gearbox was standard on the Giulia 1600 Spider, which remained in production until replaced by the Duetto in 1966. Towards the end of production, in 1964, an upgraded Spider Veloce was introduced, which came fitted with the Sprint Speciale's 129-bhp engine, making it the fastest of the mainstream production Giulias. Described by Cars Illustrated as 'probably one of the most delightful small sports cars which will ever be produced,' the Giulia Spider is certainly one of the most attractive Alfa Romeos of its day and remains highly regarded now, especially in its ultimate Veloce specification.
This beautiful Giulia Spider Veloce, finished in lovey light blue with contrasting black interior and soft top, represents a rare occasion to acquire one of the most attractive and sought-after Alfa Romeos of its day, and one with fantastic performance no less.