Alfa Romeo Giulietta (750/101)
|Alfa Romeo Giulietta|
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint
|Assembly||Portello, Milan, Italy (Berlina)
Grugliasco, Turin, Italy (Sprint, Bertone)
San Giorgio Canavese, Italy (Spider, Pininfarina)
East London, South Africa (Ti model 1960–1963, Car Distributors Assembly)
|Designer||Franco Scaglione at Bertone (Sprint and Sprint Speciale)
Ercole Spada at Zagato (Sprint Zagato)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||Berlina (sedan)
|Engine||1.3 L DOHC I4|
5-speed manual (SS and SZ)
2,380 mm (93.7 in)/2,380 mm (93.7 in)/2,250 mm (88.6 in)
|Length||4,033 mm (158.8 in)/3,980 mm (156.7 in)/3,900 mm (153.5 in)|
|Width||1,550 mm (61.0 in)/1,535 mm (60.4 in)/1,580 mm (62.2 in)|
|Height||1,405 mm (55.3 in)/1,320 mm (52.0 in)/1,335 mm (52.6 in)|
|Curb weight||Berlina: 915 kg (2,017 lb)
Sprint: 880 kg (1,940 lb)
Spider : 860 kg (1,896 lb)
Sprint Zagato: 770 kg (1,698 lb)
|Successor||Alfa Romeo Giulia|
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta (series 750 and 101) was a compact automobile manufactured by the Italian car maker Alfa Romeo from 1954 to 1965. The Giulietta was introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1954 and almost 132,000 were built in the Portello factory in Milan. When leaving the Portello factory it originally fitted Pirelli Cinturato 155HR15 tyres (CA67).
The first Giulietta model was a coupé, the Giulietta Sprint, introduced in late 1954. This was followed by a sedan (Berlina) in spring 1955 and in mid 1955, the open two-seat Giulietta Spider, featuring convertible bodywork by Pininfarina. In 1957 more powerful Berlina version, called Giulietta TI (Turismo Internazionale) was presented with minor cosmetic changes to the hood, the dial lights and rear lamps.
Carrozzeria Colli also made the Giulietta station wagon variant called Giulietta Promiscua. 91 examples of this version were built. Carrozzeria Boneschi also made a few station wagon examples called Weekendina.
A new version of the Giulietta Berlina debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1959. The fuel tank was now incorporated in the right rear fender and was equipped with a door. The nose was redefined with more rounded wings, recessed lights, new headlights and grille rings revised with horizontal bars. The interior was much more organized and the dashboard instruments had an elongated bore including the tachometer. The series number was changed from 750/753 to the 101 series. The rear also showed changes, with vestigial fins replacing the earlier rounded fenders and with new, slightly larger taillights. The T.I. also received a front side marker light mounted in a small spear, unlike the Normale which has a small round lamp with no decorations.
In 1961, the TI version was upgraded to 74 PS (54 kW). With this new engine the car could reach a speed of almost 160 km/h (99 mph). Production of the standard Berlina continued until 1963, whilst the TI continued for one year more. This, the Third Series Giulietta Berlina, received mesh grille inserts up front and new, larger taillights.
Overall production figures were:
- Berlina 39,057
- TI 92,728
- Sprint 24,084
- Sprint Veloce 3,058
- Spider 14,300
- Spider Veloce 2,796
- Promiscua (wagon) 91
The Giulietta used an Alfa Romeo Twin Cam engine of 1290 cc straight-four, with a light alloy cylinder block and an alloy cylinder head with twin overhead camshafts. The original Giulietta engine produced a power output of 62 hp (46 kW) in the sedan and 80 hp (60 kW) in the Giulietta Sprint. This was to be increased to 100 hp (75 kW) in later sporting models such as the Giulietta Sprint Speciale and the Giulietta Sprint Zagato. The engine has a 74.0 mm (2.91 in) bore and a 75.0 mm (2.95 in) stroke.
A crashed Sprint Veloce was rebodied by Zagato in late 1956, and was immediately successful in competition. Zagato ended up building 18 rebodied Veloces, called the SVZ and the version gave rise to a full production version. The SVZ was about 120 kg (260 lb) lighter than the Coupé on which it was based, and had the highest tuned, 118 CV (87 kW) version of the Giulietta engine.
A production competition version of the Giulietta, with lightened bodywork designed by Franco Scaglione for Bertone was then premiered at the 1960 Geneve Salon. Handbuilt by Zagato, entirely in aluminium and with plexiglass windows, the lightened Sprint Zagato (SZ) was light, fast, and expensive. 217 were built, the original design with a rounded rear and with the last thirty (some say 46) receiving a longer kamm-style rear treatment as well as disc brakes up front. The original design is called the "Coda Tonda", while the Kamm-design is referred to as the "Coda Tronca". The Coda Tronca is sometimes also referred to as the "SZ2". The first examples were built in December 1959, and production continued into 1962. Zagato also rebodied a few existing cars with this bodywork, leading to discrepancies in the production numbers.
The SZ was very successful in racing, on a national level as well as internationally. The SZ helped Alfa Romeo secure a victory in the 1.3 litre class of the FIA Sportscar Championship in 1962 and 1963.
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