It's Alfa Romeo Month! - The Giulietta
It's a new year and we've got a whole lot of classic and collector car coverage to bring you. January is Alfa Romeo month so to start off 2012, we've chosen a real Italian beauty that packs a lot of fun into a small package: the Giulietta.
Delightful open-top bodywork by Pininfarina on the Giulietta chassis initiated Alfa Romeo's legendary line of Spiders. Early era cars (1955-1958) are known as 750 series, and the 1959-1962 models are known as the 101 series and have a 2-inch longer wheelbase. Giulietta spiders use the 1,290cc dual overhead cam engine with a single downdraft or dual sidedraft carburetors. The dual-carb Veloce version introduced in 1956 was significantly faster and much rarer (only 2,796 built, but many more faked up over the years). All Spiders benefited from a floor shifter with 4-speed manual transmission. Rust is an issue with Alfa Romeos, and every car should be carefully inspected for rot in the rocker panels and the windshield area. The market for Giulietta spiders is excellent, and a good example will command top prices.
Overall, the car rates three out of five stars for reliability, maintenance cost, and parts/support. The car gets four out of five stars for market appeal. If you can find a good one, buy it! You won't be disappointed.
(Description courtesy of Sports Car Market magazine)
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