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Lot 015: Alfa Romeo Giulietta Ti

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

Introduced in 1954, the Giulietta was the first really mass-produced Alfa Romeo and vastly increased the company's profile in the marketplace. Word of the car's excellence spread quickly: a combination of superb build quality, brilliant ride and handling, astounding brakes and a highly-tuned engine made it an instant classic from the outset. The first model to be released was the Giulietta Sprint, a gorgeous 2+2 coupe designed by Bertone with a 1290cc four-cylinder twin-cam engine producing 65bhp. In April of the following year the Berlina saloon version appeared, a four door, three box design with the same mechanicals as the Sprint, but a longer wheelbase and a reduced 53bhp from the same engine. A convertible Spider version was soon to follow, designed by Pininfarina, while 1957 saw the introduction of the Giulietta Ti which installed the 65bhp Sprint engine in the Berlina bodyshell. In 1959 many small changes were made to the engine, gearbox and trim parts and they became known as the 101 Series, earlier cars being designated 750 Series. The Ti engine output also rose to 75bhp, sufficient to give the sporting saloon a top speed of 100mph, with a floor mounted gear change as standard. Far livelier than most family saloons of the period, the Giulietta Ti quickly became a favourite with the Italian Carabinieri and later became highly prized for classic saloon racing, often running rings around much larger engined cars in the hands of drivers like Richard Ward. Dating from 1961, this particular Giulietta Ti 101 Series Berlina has the very rare column-change gearbox, seldom seen on 101 Series cars. It was imported from Italy by well-known Alfa specialist Tony Stevens in 2001 and his remains the only name in the log book until it was bought by the current vendor in April last year. He had the engine rebuilt, a new clutch fitted and the brakes overhauled before pressing it into regular use. It has now covered some 2,000 miles since the engine rebuild and is said to drive very well, being MOTd and taxed until March 2013. The body shell appears to be very sound as does the underneath, although the original brightwork is now somewhat faded. The original cloth interior is all present but the driver's seat is quite shabby and the other seats are all somewhat stained, hence the rather alarming seat covers! On the button and ready to go, this exhilarating classic saloon can be enjoyed as it is or gradually smartened up over time if desired. Or it would make a great basis for a historic race car  the choice is yours!

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number015
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1961
Condition rating
Registration numberXAS 316
Mileage-
Chassis numberAR205283
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)1290
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2