Myth Buster Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia

De­bunk­ing the most com­mon old wives’ tales

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - ALFA ROMEO GI­U­LIA SALOON

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.

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