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Alfa Romeo Giulia Berlina. A beauty is sixty years young

Alfa Romeo Giulia Super. From 1300 to 2000. Weight in the shell
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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.

Various derivatives

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.

Congratulations, Julia!

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!

Alfa Romeo Giulia Berlina. A beauty has turned sixty
On June 27, 1962, the Alfa Romeo Giulia debuted in Monza. The debut version of the 1600 TI
Alfa Romeo Giulia Berlina. A beauty has turned sixty
Beautiful cross-section of the first Giulia.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Berlina. A beauty has turned sixty years young
The very rare Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super in the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese. © Erik van Putten
Alfa Romeo Giulia Berlina. A beauty has turned sixty years young
Old acquaintance of ours, and very pleasant to drive. Frans de Groot's Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 Super © Erik van Putten
Alfa Romeo Giulia Berlina. A beauty has turned sixty years young
Beautiful shot of the Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 TI, which came on the program in the mid-60s
Alfa Romeo Giulia Berlina. A beauty has turned sixty years young
Alfa Romeo installed a beautiful interior in many Giulia © Erik van Putten
Alfa Romeo Giulia Berlina. A beauty has turned sixty years young
The Giulia Super, as it was built from 1968 to 1972
Alfa Romeo Giulia Berlina. A beauty has turned sixty years young
The Nuova Super, available as 1300, 1600 and later also as diesel. You can recognize this variant by the grille with two equally sized lighting units on either side.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Berlina. A beauty has turned sixty years young
Orazio Satta Puliga, spiritual father of the beautiful Giulia

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  1. Personally, I don't think the Giulia is all that special in terms of design. Give me an Alfasud Sprint, a GTV, a Giulia (type 2) or an Alfetta. Drive a Brera yourself and find this really the top in terms of design; also drives great. Small remark about the lay-out of the captions for the photos: please put them in a different color or with more contrast because they are hardly legible ... Other than that, very interesting article.

  2. Beautiful cars with soul and beautiful sound. Once had the later 1300 Nuova Super of this model with the less expressive butt, but also very nice. And that was by the way the first 2nd hand car that I bought at an Alfa dealer and which turned out to be the bad buy of the month and suddenly the Bovag warranty did not apply to it. My most delicious Alfa ever was a 1600 GT Sprint from '66 that I bought years before as a student and had 10 years (only driving for 2 years or so), which was really beautiful and very nice. But like so many nice cars from the past, this one has not been preserved. Such a GTV may be coming soon, but prices of nice older cars have been no longer fun for ten years now, thanks to the influence of “investment” and that is very unfortunate.

  3. Every piece of that car “fits”, a model with a “face”… elegantly idiosyncratic sports sedan. That “sport” is literal, a customer had with a 2.0 liter that was in a 1.3 greenhouse. Talk about a graceful rear ;)… instant response to the accelerator. And then there's that sound. Those pining carbs are ever there. The complete reverse of electric cars, which are quiet, sober…efficient and yes “fast”. But what is speed without soul? It's like a big department store cake: it usually looks good… but the taste of a bakery is something else. I now mainly drive my '33 1.7IE with the original open roof. A budget old-timer, but real Alfa. Every time the engine starts, smile on your face. Maybe I'll buy another Guilia, the prices will drop considerably due to the upcoming economic crisis. Although I think I'll be refurbishing my 166 2.5 busso sooner. Much depends on how car taxes will evolve. Unfortunately.

  4. Too bad those Alfas shrunk so much during the wash. They used to be spacious, now is
    the car is only good for unemployed Cirque de Soleil artists.
    My sister just sold her museum piece, now a whole article, ouch!.
    They were, and still are, very special.
    Bass.

  5. other news , hooray we are going to charge you , of course also with your oldtimer , and of course also abroad , even if you already pay with it to the infrastructure via kfz steuer in the fuel price or toll etc.
    rushed !

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