Manufactured by the Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo between 1954 and 1965, the Giulietta first debuted at the Turin Motor Show in Coupe form, although several variations would be released throughout production. The Giulietta has an interesting history, however. Designed as a small companion for the Alfa Romeo 1900, Alfa ran into trouble funding the new project. As a result, Alfa Romeo would sell securities and would announce a drawing to be held among the shareholders; those with the winning numbers would receive a new Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Enough capital was raised to start the project. However, Alfa was new to volume production and would fall behind schedule. Mechanical components were being made, but there was no sign of a saleable car. Once the press started calling the scheme a scandal, Alfa Romeo management knew they had to do something quickly. They would reach out to Nuccio Bertone Carrozzeria for a small number of 2+2 Giulietta-based Sprint Coupes. Eventually the company would up the order to 1,000 and finally to 6,000 as the Alfa Romeo Giulietta became popular. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Berlina would quickly follow the Sprint into production and by mid-1955 a two-seat Spider version designed by Pininfarina would debut.
Understanding the different Alfa Romeo Giulietta models can be difficult, even for the most avid Alfa enthusiast. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta was available in three distinct body styles: the Sprint, the Berlina and the Spider. The Sprint would become Alfas Coupe, while the Berlina would be the Sedan and the Spider would be the open car, in this case a Roadster with roll-up windows. All three body styles shared a family resemblance and continued the mechanical design of the previous Alfa Romeo 1900. In 1956, Veloce versions of all three models would debut, which added extra horsepower, a single Solex carburetor in place of twin Weber carburetors and steel-tube exhaust headers.
When buying an Alfa Romeo Giulietta, it is imperative to understand to model you are purchasing. Handsome and fun to drive, the Giulietta still has enough technical interest to satisfy even the most discerning classic collectors. Be on the lookout for two special models that were released during this time: the Sprint Speciale by Bertone and the Sprint Zagato. For more information or to view the available classic Alfa models in The Beverly Hills Car Club showroom, please do not hesitate to contact their team today. They are standing by to assist you and look forward to helping you navigate the classic car market to find the Alfa Romeo youve dreamed of. Connect today to get started!
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