Wed, 17th Nov 2021 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 9

1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider

Sold for £13,500

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: XWV 967A
Chassis No: AR383180

MOT: Exempt

  • UK supplied Right Hand Drive Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider in current ownership for the last 17 years, purchased through ourselves in 2004
  • Restored for circuit use in 1999 and features Veloce specification engine tuned by Jim Evans
  • accompanied with invoices totalling just short of £10,000 and a mileage log detailing previous journeys, vehicle mileage and the amount of fuel added to the car.

Sporting elegant coachwork designed and built by Pininfarina, the Giulietta Spider was a huge success and continued virtually unchanged in 1.6-litre Giulia guise when the latter joined the Alfa line-up in 1962. Launched at the Monza Autodrome on 27th June that year, the Giulia range was the work of a design team headed by one of the greatest of Italian automobile engineers, Dr Orazio Satta Puliga, who had been responsible for all the post-war Alfa Romeos. The capacity increase boosted maximum power of Alfa's classic twin-cam four from 80 to 92bhp and the car's top speed to 109mph. Reliability was likewise enhanced and the larger engine was noticeably smoother and less fussy. A five-speed gearbox was standard on the Giulia 1600 Spider, which remained in production until 1966. The Giulia Spider is certainly one of the most attractive Alfa Romeos of its day and remains highly regarded now.

This right-hand drive Alfa Romeo Guilia Spider originally left the Milanese factory and came to the UK in 1963. In 1999, the car was ‘bare metal’ restored for circuit racing by a previous owner, Jim Avis. Side windows and winder mechanisms were removed, interior stripped and open bodywork sprayed in Ferrari Giallo Fly. The Veloce specification included twin Webers, tubular exhaust manifold, front disc brakes and aluminium fuel tank. Original steel wheels were retained.

After just one event though, the racer was acquired by the previous owner in November 1999. 2000 pre-race prep and tuning was entrusted to Tank Barrett of Bewdley, Worcs, and the car was successfully driven to and from six races during the season, at the end of which pre-winter Waxoyl treatment was carried out by Worcester Classic Cars. The engine was in receipt of a 2001-2002 Supercharger Services (Wolverhampton) overhaul with forged pistons, reground crank, ported and polished head, and Jim Evans race/rally cams. In addition, roll-over bar and fire extinguisher were renewed and electric fan fitted. At Donington in 2002, this car beat the near identical ex-Justin Murphy HSCC series winning spider. The calipers were overhauled before the car was sold to the current owner early in 2004. Preparation was undertaken at the Castle Coombe racetrack by Glyn of Circuit Motors Ltd who optimised the Weber twin 40s for road use using a rolling road.

XWV 967A was purchased by its current owner in February of 2004 though H&H Classics Stoneleigh Park sale, who enjoyed several road trips, including drives to Switzerland and the the Isle of Man for the 99th anniversary of the TT races. However it has seen very little use in recent years, and is now offered for sale as the owner finds himself with nine points on his driving licence and would like to exchange the car for something more sedate.

XWV 967A is offered as somewhat of a ‘rolling restoration project’ following an MOT failure (although exempt) on 01 October 2021. The vendor rates the condition of the paintwork as ‘Poor’, the bodywork, electrical equipment and interior trim as ‘Average’ and the engine, transmission and gearbox as ‘Good’. XWV 967A comes accompanied with an original italian workshop manual, invoices totalling just short of £10,000, a number of previous MOTs dating back to the year 2000 and a mileage log detailing previous journeys, vehicle mileage and the amount of fuel added to the car.

For more information, please contact:
Andreas Hicks


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