Myth Buster Alfa Romeo Giulia
Debunking the most common old wives’ tales
1 ALL TI SUPERS WERE WHITE
Just 501 lightweight Giulia TI Super homologation specials were made. To save weight, certain items were deleted or replaced – for example, mesh grilles were substituted for the inner headlamps and lots of interior bits were junked. The cars are identifiable by their green quadrifoglio logos and ‘Giulia TI Super’ scripts on the bonnet and tail. Plus they were all white. Except they weren’t – not quite. Two were finished in different hues – one appeared in red, the other in grey.
2 THE ITALIAN POLICE USED TI SUPERS
The Italian police – both the Polizia and Carabinieri – were enthusiastic users of Giulia saloons, as anybody who has seen The Italian Job will appreciate. There’s a belief that they used TI Supers, because some cars had the same mesh sheeting in place of the inner headlights. In reality, this was done because the siren was mounted behind this area, and not having metal and glass in the way made it louder. The Italian police used standard Giulias, although the Polizia did eventually get their hands on two TI Supers… but only for use at police academies, not for normal patrol duties. They would have easily caught Michael Caine and co. if they had been…
3 THEY ALL HAD TWIN-CAM PETROL ENGINES
Think of Alfa Giulias and you automatically think of the sparkling twin-cam petrol engines that provided such lively performance across the variants. Except for one – the Giulia Nuova Super Diesel of 1976 to 1977. This was the first ever diesel-powered Alfa and the most lethargic of all Giulias, with 54bhp and a top speed of just 86mph. The 1.8-litre engine was supplied by Perkins of Peterborough, but only 6537 were made. Richard Gunn
Mesh instead of inner lights means either a TI Super or police-spec model.