Sold for £47,250
(including buyers premium)
Please Note: Original engine available for collection from the Wirral
Registration No: RCA 379B
Chassis No: AR383379
Among the prettiest Alfa Romeo models ever made, the Giulietta Spider and its larger-engined Giulia successor have long been sought after by enthusiasts. Styled by Pininfarina, the open two-seaters remained in production from 1955-1965 with the later cars not only benefitting from greater performance but also front disc brakes and five-speed manual transmissions. Demand was such that Alfa Romeo did not feel a need to engineer a right-hand drive version until the design’s final years. Even then a mere 404 ‘guida a destra’ (drive on the right) cars were completed and shared across the UK, South African and Australian markets. Designated Tipo 101.19, they sported a subtly revised dashboard and switch gear layout (e.g. the headlamps were dipped via a lever on the steering column).
According to its accompanying Alfa Romeo Classiche Certificato di Origine, chassis AR383379 was built on 17th January 1964 and sold new via the marque’s London concessionaire on 30th May 1964. Initially finished in Biancospino (Hawthorn White) with Nero (Black) upholstery, the two-seater is known to have spent at least thirty-four years in Tenerife (1982-2016) which doubtless helped preserve its bodywork. Treated to a new clutch, gearbox mounting, speedo cable, propshaft universal joint, propshaft front coupling, bonnet rubber, door glass lining velvets and stainless steel hubcaps upon its return, the Giulia Spider was further fettled during 2017-2018 before being treated to a thorough tear down and respray the following year at a cost of circa £20,000.
Found to be in excellent structural condition, the two-seater had its panels re-gapped and engine and gearbox removed. The engine bay and boot were stripped and repainted, the engine fitted with new gaskets and the gearbox overhauled. Other mechanical work saw the differential nose replaced plus a new plenum chamber, thermostat, heater hoses, coolant hoses, engine mounts, half moon seals, wiper arms, headlamp bowls / lights, drop link bushes and exhaust mounts. The dashboard, door cards and seats were judged to be in nice order and complemented by a new mohair hood, fresh carpets and replacement quarter light windows. Somewhat faster than standard, ‘RCA 379B’ boasts a related but later 1750cc DOHC engine which has been enhanced to ‘Veloce’ specification with twin Weber carburettors (however, the vendor tells us that an original 1600cc engine comes with the car should a new owner wish to reinstate it).
Showing an unwarranted 62,000 miles to its Veglia odometer, the Giulia Spider remains highly presentable. Starting readily and running well during our recent photography session (albeit the Webers like to warm through) it sounds the part too! More expensive than a Jaguar E-Type Roadster when new and considerably more exclusive, this gorgeous Tipo 101.19 still encapsulates La Dolce Vita. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document and history file.
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