Featuring a refined exterior crafted by Pininfarina, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider achieved significant success, seamlessly transitioning into the 1.6-liter Giulia version in 1962 without substantial alterations. Unveiled at the Monza Autodrome in June that year, the Giulia range, masterminded by the esteemed Dr. Orazio Satta Puliga, a prominent figure in Italian automotive engineering responsible for post-war Alfa Romeos, maintained the Spider’s allure.
The increase in engine displacement from 1,300 to 1,600cc elevated the maximum power of Alfa’s iconic twin-cam four from 80 to 92bhp, propelling the car to a top speed of 109mph. Reliability witnessed an improvement, and the larger engine contributed to a noticeably smoother and less finicky performance.
Equipped with a standard five-speed gearbox, the Giulia 1600 Spider remained in production until 1966. Cars Illustrated aptly described it as “probably one of the most delightful small sports cars which will ever be produced.” The Giulia Spider stands out as one of the most alluring Alfa Romeos of its era, retaining its high regard even today.