1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider LHD

Highlights


• Fully restored to an incredibly high standard
• Matching numbers example
• Extensive history
• On the button and ready to go!

The Background


Arguably one of the best-looking cars to ever come out of the legendary Pininfarina design house, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider blends gorgeous Italian styling with a responsive, naturally-aspirated engine and lightweight construction, resulting in a car that is not only jaw-droopingly pretty, but also incredibly fun from behind the wheel.

First introduced in 1962 as the successor to the earlier, near-identical Giulietta Spider, the Giulia is instantly distinguishable from the pronounced ‘hump’ in the bonnet, required in order to fit the larger 1.6-litre engine, gaining .3 of a litre’s displacement over the Giulietta’s 1.3-litre power plant. 

This increased displacement brought improved torque and a more even spread of power across the rev range, which further enhanced the ‘lively’ performance that the Giulia Spider had, being noted in period as outstripping many of its contemporaries in terms of both outright performance and road-holding abilities. 

So, it goes fast AND looks utterly stunning. Who wouldn’t want one in their garage? Remember, you aren’t a true petrolhead until you’ve owned an Alfa Romeo…

The History


This particular example was the subject of an incredibly thorough restoration carried out to a very high standard, resulting in a Giulia Spider that is aesthetically perhaps as close to ‘box fresh’ as you’ll find outside of a concours. 

First registered in 1963 and delivered new to Italy, the car was imported to the UK during the 1980’s, and passed through the hands of numerous owners in the years since, with various light restorations and work carried out throughout its life. 

In 2015, the vendor and current owner acquired the car as a project after it had been laid-up for a number of years, with the gearbox in the boot and the engine block in the passenger seat, of all places!

Having acquired the car and a wealth of history and spare parts, the vendor commissioned Motorvation of Herefordshire to restore the car entirely, leaving no stone unturned. The result is a car that is still numbers-matching and incredibly close to its factory specification, but benefits from subtle upgrades such as front disk brakes and a new folding roof.

The brakes are a particularly interesting upgrade, as they were available ‘in period’ as an optional extra, but were never fitted to this exact car. However, the drum brakes remain with the owner, and could be purchased by negotiation, should you wish to return the car to full factory spec.

The Paperwork


If you like paperwork, you’ll love this Giulia Spider, as there is a massive folder full of it! This is comprised of numerous invoices from the restoration carried out by Motorvation, totalling up to an impressive five-figure amount with a gearbox overhaul, full engine rebuild and all of the bodywork refreshed, along with other minor work and fettling. 

There is also significant history from the car’s years in the UK prior to our vendor’s ownership, though there is no history from its time in Italy as this was not imported with the vehicle. 

In addition to documentation and invoices, there are also old MOT certificates, registration documents, period photographs showing the car’s original state prior to restoration, and correspondence between the vendor and DVLA/Alfa experts, as the car was initially incorrectly noted as a ‘Giulietta’ in the logbook, with this subsequently being rectified. 

The Interior


Almost-new in its appearance, the no-frills cabin of this Alfa Giulia is in wonderful condition throughout, having seen virtually no use since the work was completed, with the car being sent to long-term storage upon the culmination of its restoration. 

As a result, there is virtually no perceptible wear to the leather seats, nor to the carpets, dashboard or boot.

The carpets around the transmission tunnel especially should be noted for their condition as this is often a high-wear area, whilst even high-traffic parts such as the steering wheel and gearstick are in excellent condition.

The metal dashboard itself is in great shape, though - along with the dials and chrome details - it wears a lovely age-related patina, which suits the car well.

One particularly notable ‘drivability’ upgrade is the fitment of Dynamat soundproofing underneath the carpets, which helps to reduce not only noise, but also NVH and engine vibration. 

The only reported issues are a sticking passenger door lock, and the lock for the choke not holding the pull-switch securely, though both of these issues should be relatively simple to address.

The Exterior


With lines and styling as pretty as this, you’d be forgiven for simply standing and staring at the Giulia Spider for hours on end… just look at it!

Thankfully, the Pininfarina-penned lines of this example are mercifully free of any dents, dings, scratches or impact damage, and the panel gaps all appear to be lovely and even, with no alignment issues that we could see.

Similarly, the paintwork is in excellent condition throughout on account of its lack of use, though there is a notable stone chip to the front end, and a few minor marks on the lower bumper which are hidden in day-to-day use. 

Looking closer, there appears to be some rough metal or paint reaction occurring on the inside of the lower offside grille, whilst the chrome window trims and side trims wear a light age-related patina. 

The folding soft-top roof is a brand new item and has never been used out on the open road or in inclement weather, and as such it presents in pristine condition with no creasing, damage or discolouration to the material or the plastic rear window. 

All four wheels are in good shape and present very well indeed, though a few marks and chips are notable up close - not a big deal, but given the high standard the rest of the bodywork has been completed to, we’d suggest perhaps getting them refurbished.

The Mechanicals


Almost as clean underneath as it is up above, this Giulia has seen barely any use since the completion of Motorvation’s restoration work, and the condition of the chassis certainly serves to confirm this.

Largely under-sealed for longevity, the chassis is in excellent condition, showing only some minor surface ‘bloom’ but nothing that would be any cause for concern, as far as we can see.

In rude mechanical health, the car fires into life with ease and settles into a smooth, fuss-free idle, though it should be noted that due to the broken choke lock, the switch must be manually kept out and slowly fed in during a cold start. 

Whilst the gearbox and clutch action is wonderfully direct and tight, the brakes are somewhat on the spongy side. This is most likely due to the car seeing very little use, though perhaps a braking system flush and inspection would be beneficial.

Naturally, for a car of this age, it is now MOT and tax exempt due to its age, and as such does not have a current, valid MOT certificate.

The Appeal


Drop-dead gorgeous, fully overhauled and numbers-matching, it really doesn’t get much better than this. If you’re looking for an Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider that is ready to jump in and enjoy, here’s your chance.

Presenting in gorgeous condition throughout and benefitting from an extensive aesthetic and mechanical restoration, this is an opportunity not to be missed by any serious Alfa Romeo enthusiast, driver or collector. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1963
  • Make Alfa Romeo
  • Model Giulia Spider
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 34,542 Miles
  • Engine size 1600
  • Location Hampshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
23 bids
  • DC•••• £59,500 31/10/21
  • mh•••• £59,000 31/10/21
  • DC•••• £58,500 31/10/21
  • mh•••• £58,000 31/10/21
  • DC•••• £57,500 31/10/21
  • dr•••• £57,000 31/10/21
  • DC•••• £56,500 31/10/21
  • mh•••• £56,000 31/10/21
  • dr•••• £55,500 31/10/21
  • mh•••• £55,000 31/10/21

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