Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider
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.