Sold to cousin and listed on Ebay in February 2004. Car sold for $10,500.
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce
Ivory with Black Interior
The Giulietta, and later the Giulia are the cars that took Alfa Romeo from being a relatively small production company to being an economically viable and successful firm. Prior to that, they had produced large and expensive cars, and never in very large numbers. With the Giulietta/Giulia, however, Alfa Romeo produced significant numbers of these charming and capable cars. Its success was due in part to its unique placement in the market. It was neither a large hugely expensive car, nor was it very small utility car (such as the Fiat 500). Instead, they were affordable enough so that many could buy them, yet permitted a more glamorous and useful approach to motoring that really struck a chord with buyers on both sides of the Atlantic. The Giulia Veloce enjoys the honor of being the highest performing and most developed open variant of the line, thanks to its 800cc version of the venerable twin cam engine, twin Weber carburetors, higher compression ratio, and hotter cam profiles. Performance was much improved over the standard car, and as is often the case with Italian cars, the latest models are the most developed.
This particular example is one such late production Giulia Veloce, purchased by the current owner in 2004 as a project car to restore. It had been sitting since 1984 and was restored over the next two years. The work included the renewal of the engine, carburetors, motor mounts, radiator, exhaust system, fuel tank, starter, generator, transmission, clutch, brakes, and brake master cylinder. The interior was also renewed, including the seats, carpets, rubber mats, dashboard, and new canvas top. The rubber gaskets and tires were also replaced, and the wheels were repainted. Some repair to the floors was also performed, and the car was repainted. The total for this work was $39,030.23, not including the paintwork.
Cosmetically, the car is in nice driver condition. The paintwork was performed to driver standards and does display the occasional blemish. On the whole, it is attractive, and the other aspects of the exterior are very nice. The chrome is very nice, having been recently redone, and the canvas top is excellent, having also been replaced. The lights are in great shape, and the glass is generally good, although the windscreen has wiper marks. The wheels were repainted and are very nice. The trim and badges are all excellent.
The interior was restored and is in very good shape. The upholstery and dashboard were renewed in vinyl, and the carpets replaced. The instruments and trim are likely original but are in extremely well-preserved condition. The correct rubber Alfa Romeo floor mats are present. The steering wheel is in excellent shape, and the car is fitted with a period Blaupunkt radio. The top frame has been restored and is in superb shape.
The engine compartment is tidy and retains the original cast airbox appropriate to the Veloce. There is much new hardware in evidence, and overall impression is very good. The trunk is impressively clean, having been repainted. The correct Alfa Romeo rubber floor mat is in place, as is the jack.
The underside has had some rust repair over the years, primarily to the outer edges of the floors and rocker panels. The rockers have been replaced in their entirety. There is some filler present in the splash area behind the front wheels, and in the area of the rockers just before the rear wheels.
On the road, this car is a superb example. The mechanical restoration work was extremely capably done. The engine is excellent, with great power and no smoke, and the gearbox is excellent. The brakes are great and the suspension tight.
This is a great opportunity to acquire a wonderfully usable example of this quintessential Italian sports car. It is attractive, but not so nice as to discourage its use. Indeed, the sprightly performance from the 800cc Weber equipped DOHC engine and wonderful overall driving experience will encourage the new owner to get out and enjoy this car as much as possible.