The Alfa Romeo Giulia is considered by many classic drivers as one of the most beautiful cars ever designed. The beautiful berlina from Northern Italy quickly gained fame as a refined and graceful driver's car. Today it still charms, just like in the past, when many ladies and gentlemen were captivated by the refined design and the beautiful technique.
On June 27, 1962, Alfa Romeo presented the successor to the Giulietta (Tipo 101) to the world in Monza. The Giulia, designed under the direction of Orazio Satta Puliga, stood out for its self-supporting body with a sharp, classic styling that was subtly combined with a high degree of aerodynamics. The Cw value of 0.34 (still very acceptable by current standards) was praised. This was achieved, among other things, thanks to the low profile nose, the Kamm rear (with a spoiler integrated in the sheet metal, which surrounds the rear section above the bumper) and the panoramic windows.
The fabulous coupé (Bertone, 105), the Giulia GTC, the Spider (Duetto and successors, 1963) were also built on the basis of the Giulia Berlina (Tipo 1966). And the Italian pen also produced special versions, such as the TZ1, the TZ2 and the Junior Z(agato). It's just a grasp. Furthermore, from 1962 to 1973, Carrozzeria Colli built Combis based on the Giulia Berlina. It is remarkable that the coupé (until 1963), the Sprint Speciale, and the Spider (until 1966) were continued Alfa Romeo Tipo 101 models. They continued their career as Giulia for a while and also received technical elements from the Giulia.
Multiple versions, always changed, beautiful technique
In this article we now exclusively describe the body style that started the Giulia saga: the Guilia Berlina. She was built in many different capacities, and except for the Nuova Super Diesel (from summer 1976, with Perkins diesel) they all got a Nordmotor (bialbero) with two overhead camshafts, which were driven by two duplex chains. The power sources included an aluminum block and cylinder head, the interchangeable cylinder liners were made of cast iron. The Nordmotor type was of course dependent on the version in which the Giulia was delivered.
Debut in Monza as 1600 TI.
The beautiful Alfa Romeo debuted as a 1600 TI (still with ribbon speedometer, steering gear and 'three shoe type' drum brakes, later the instrumentation was changed and Alfa Romeo fitted Dunlop disc brakes all around). Over the years, several versions followed, such as the 1300, the 1300 TI, the (stronger) 1300 and 1600 Super versions, the Unificata series (from 72 to 74) and the Giulia Nouva Super series (from 1974) with, for example, the plastic grille, twin headlamps of equal circumference and a smoothed-out tailgate. From the start of production in 1962, Alfa Romeo regularly made technical changes on a smaller and larger scale (power brakes, hanging pedals, separate braking circuits). Not unimportant for the internal typing fanatics: from mid-1972 (i.e. from the launch of the Unificata series) the Giulia (just like some of its derivatives) was internally no longer called Tipo 105, but Tipo 115. The Italians built this illustrious Alfa Romeo until 1977, but until a few years after the production stop, Alfa Romeo still sold new copies.
TI Super, absolute showpiece among the Berlinas
One of the showpieces of the Giulia saga was the TI Super, a real rarity that was built in an edition of 501 units. This was a lightweight version (many parts were omitted), including a Plexiglas rear window, racing seats with adapted belts, magnesium rims and a wonderful 1570 cc engine with two double horizontal Weber carburettors, which, thanks to the necessary adjustments, have a power of 112 DIN horsepower generated. The TI Super was intended for private drivers, and is nowadays very sought after.
Anyone who has ever ridden a Giulia knows it. And who owns a Giulia too. She is able to convey a fascinating driving experience, which is not only apparent thanks to the often so fine engines. The chassis (with independently suspended wheels at the front and an excellently stabilized and sprung rear axle) was also a fine example and excellently tuned piece of technology, which made an unmissable contribution to the driving pleasure. The Alfa Romeo Giulia taught many people to love cars. And it is not for nothing that even as a newly built car it was still high on many wish lists until well into the 60s. We can really only say one thing: Grazie Alfa Romeo, grazie mille. E complimenti per il tuo XNUMX° compleanno! Heartily!