1966 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Spider
s/n AR*390342*, Engine no. AR00121*02224*
Red with Black Leather
Alfa Romeo, the Italian giant of automobile manufacturing was not always a prolific producer of great sports cars. Prior to the Giulia and Giulietta, Alfas were large, handmade vehicles involving detailed labor and complex fabrication. All this changed when these two cars entered the market with relatively low entry costs, securing a promising postwar market with the public. The Giulia and Giulietta were small, sporty, and charming, yet finely trimmed, giving an air of sophistication young men and women appreciated during this time. Both cars enjoyed success, with strong sales in Europe and America. Among the most desired of these cars is the Giulietta Veloce Spider. The Veloce featured a twin cam 1300cc in-line four cylinder engine, twin Weber carburetors, higher compression ratio, and spirited cam profiles, resulting in improved overall performance. By 1962 the engine was upgraded to 1600, improving both performance and reliability in the new smoother running engine. The Pininfarina bodied Spider would remain in production until 1966 and today remains highly regarded by collectors and enthusiasts, particularly original Veloce models.
This particular car is a genuine Veloce, recently acquired from the long-term California owner. Currently, the car sits with the original engine in place, having been recently serviced including work on the brakes, fuel tank, radiator flush, a complete tune up, carburetor adjustments, and general detailing.
The car presents well given the age of the paint (likely over 20 years old). The finish has some blended areas but has polished out to a nice driver quality level. A re-spray in the near future would be favorable should one desires something more than a nice driver level car. The finish and chrome trim match the overall level of the paint, being presentable and tidy with nice luster and generally good fit. The overall visual condition of the interior is period correct, having been recently and properly redone using high quality materials and correct components as needed. A very nice set of correct Alfa Romeo black rubber floor mats and a nicely finished tonneau cover completes the interior. The dashboard is in very good condition with nicely preserved and properly functioning original instruments. The doors open and shut with solid closure, though some gapping variations are evident along the bottom. The side windows roll up and down smoothly and the glass is in generally smooth condition. The wheels have been refinished and have been recently fitted with proper specification tires. The trunk compartment is clean and tidy with a spare tire and jack, but no tools.
The engine compartment does not disappoint, both visually and mechanically. Clearly this Alfa was respectfully retained to factory specifications as the finishes are correct, exhibiting only minor patina from use. The crinkle black twin cam cover is nicely finished and contrasts well with the aluminum castings and various satin black accessory parts. It appears that the motor was refinished professionally as proper paint and finishes have been applied along with correct fasteners and hoses. The Weber carburetors, correct wiring, and proper fittings further support the care and service this car has seen. The undercarriage is solid and dry with evidence of use but in surprisingly good condition. There is no evidence of structural damage or support damage, however it appears as though some light body work has been done to the front and rear portions of the body when viewed from underneath, not unexpected given half a century has lapsed since the car was sold new.
The car starts quickly and easily. Slow idle becomes progressive with warm up and smooth engine response on throttle is snappy. Shifting is easily achieved with first gear and nice clutch action to start your 5-speed journey. The car moves along smoothly, waking up in the high revs as one might expect from the Veloce model. Steering and suspension on smooth roads is generally good with some shudder when crossing more rugged terrain. Braking is quite good overall, coming off higher speeds with ease toward complete stops. Syncros are quite good with smooth downshifting. Clutch action and accelerator pedal “feel” are tight and confident. In all, this Alfa Veloce reminds us of what pure driving fun was all about when first released to the adoring public. The car comes with receipts showing recent work and service documents as well as copies of California ownership documentation.
A fun, drivable Veloce with long-term California ownership and recent mechanical freshening make this car a wonderful combination for someone who wants a mechanically proficient, driver-level car ready to enjoy now and restore as time goes by.
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