Desirable early 750D series Giulietta Spider
Subject of a bare metal restoration
Engine and gearbox rebuilt by Bob Dove
Eligible for some of the best events and rallies
Launched in 1954 a the Turin Motor Show, the Giulietta family of cars was first introduced in 2+2 Coupe (Sprint) form before being joined by the 4-door saloon (Berlina) in April 1955, and the two-seater convertible (Spider) with bodywork by Pininfarina in mid-1955.
The jewel in the Giulietta crown was the engine. An all aluminium, twin-cam, 4-cylinder unit displacing 1,290cc and producing 79bhp at a heady 6,300rpm. Perhaps not outrageous power figures but coupled with a kerb weight of just 860kg, the Giulietta Spider was perfect for anyone who wanted a zingy little sports car – beautiful styling by the masters at Pininfarina only completed the package.
This Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider offered for sale at the Classic Motor Hub was first delivered in March 1959 to NSU Motorenwerke. Why a rival manufacturer would want such a car is not known but as a producer of small capacity cars, one could imagine it being used to help design and compare their own models. The early records are not clear but it would seem that the Alfa would remain in Germany until purchase by hotelier John Colley from London in 1992. In his ownership the car was largely kept in storage until Nigel Smeal (a director of the Lagonda Club) bought her and embarked on a full restoration. The car was stripped to a bare metal shell and totally rebuilt. Although red at the time of restoration and repainted as such, factory records actually show the original colour to be Sky Blue.
Mechanically, the engine and gearbox were rebuilt by very well respected Alfa Romeo specialist Bob Dove. Today the engine runs beautifully with good oil pressure and pulls well on the road.
During restoration, the car was seen by the previous owner who was so taken with the presentation of the car and the quality of the work that he insisted on buying it once it was complete, eventually getting his way and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider joined his collection of Aston Martins and Bentleys.
The current owner bought this Giulietta Spider from respected London dealer, Graeme Hunt, a few years ago. The intention was to enjoy many a mile of sun soaked motoring and while the itch was scratched, sadly the Alfa just hasn’t seen the use he feels it deserves so the time has come for someone else to have the opportunity to own what is considered by many to be the most beautiful and quintessentially Italian sports car you can buy.
One only has to look at events like the California Mille and Modena Cento Ore to see just how popular these stunning little cars are, and at the price being offered, it is hard to find alternatives that offer such beauty and charm for the same money.
This 1959 Giulietta Spider is available for sale and immediate inspection at The Classic Motor Hub showroom in the heart of the Cotswolds. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to arrange a viewing.
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