Alfa Romeo Gi­uli­etta Spi­der

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Keen to fol­low a new mar­ket­ing di­rec­tion fo­cused on light weight and af­ford­abil­ity rather than speed and ex­clu­siv­ity, the 750-series 1 300 cm3 Gi­uli­etta Sprint was un­veiled to the world on the Alfa Romeo stand at the 1954 Turin Mo­tor Show. While the still im­pres­sively pro­por­tioned hard-top ver­sion was styled by Ber­tone, the cre­ation of the Spi­der (shown at the Paris Mo­tor Show a year later) was en­trusted to Pin­in­fa­rina. In de­sign­ing the model that would be cru­cial to US sales suc­cess, Pin­in­fa­rina paid care­ful at­ten­tion to the work­ings of the fold­away roof mech­a­nism and the Spi­der’s in­di­vid­ual styling cues. As such, the Gi­uli­etta Spi­der is fur­ther dis­tin­guish­able over its Sprint sib­ling by its raised rear-quar­ter hip sec­tions. Rel­a­tively roomy and com­fort­able thanks to a soft sus­pen­sion setup, the Gi­uli­etta Spi­der proved hugely pop­u­lar as an open-road, open-top cruiser that was nev­er­the­less able to call upon its maker’s dis­tin­guished motorsport her­itage (along with a 860 kg kerb weight and op­ti­mal rear-wheel-drive lay­out).

THIS STUN­NING 1961 ALFA ROMEO GI­ULI­ETTA SPI­DER IS ON DIS­PLAY AT THE FRAN­SCHHOEK MO­TOR MU­SEUM.

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