1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia 101 Series 1600 Spider
Estimate: £35,000 - £40,000
ca. US$58,455 - US$66,806
Price realised: £44,800
The 101 Series Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider evolved from the earlier Pininfarina designed Giulietta Spider; the main change was the introduction of the larger 1570 cc twin cam power plant over the Giulietta 1290 cc unit. This 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia 101 Spider offered today was, according to the Alfa Romeo Owner's Club files, manufactured on the 1st July 1963 and sold on the 20th April 1964 in London UK and has been in the current ownership for the past 38 years. It was purchased after the Alfa was discovered within a barn that was about to be demolished, however, it was saved and thereafter sat in the owner's garden for many years and used as a playground for the children, chickens and kittens. In 2011 it was decided that this Alfa Romeo should be restored and so the restoration began. The vendor informs us that the body was completely stripped and amazingly did not require any repairs apart from a replacement boot lid. The coachwork was refinished in red on the topsides and also underneath. All major components were stripped, checked, replaced or refurbished where required; the engine was completely stripped and overhauled including new pistons and piston liners. Fuel is supplied to the twin Weber carburettors that, we are informed by the vendor, were already fitted to the Alfa Romeo on its arrival into the UK in April 1964. The trim has also been restored and a new hood fitted. The restoration was completed in 2013 with the Alfa hardly turning a wheel since, in fact, the vendor states that he has never driven the Alfa in all the years he's owned it and believes the mileage to be genuine as it has not accumulated any mileage in his ownership and judging by the condition of components during the restoration. A photographic history of the restoration is recorded on a CD and is included in the sale. Sadly, all documentation for the Giulia was lost many years ago, however, we are advised that a UK registration document has been applied for and will either arrive with the car at the sale or be forwarded to the new owner. Although the original number plates will be sold with the Giulia, DVLA cannot guarantee that the car will be re-issued with them and it may be designated with an age related plate. In addition a recent MoT test certificate accompanies the Spider as well as a service and parts manual. A period advertisement quoted "The Giulia Spider has confounded even the most experienced professional drivers with her ample generosity in pick up, speed and roadability". What they were saying was that it drove very well and these little Alfa spiders still feel modern on today's roads. Few factory right hand drive examples (or even Ruddspeed right hand drive conversions) survive today so this must represent an opportunity especially given the realistic estimate.
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