1968 Alfa Romeo Giulia: An Iconic Sports Classic

1968 Alfa Romeo Giulia: An Iconic Sports Classic

EngineInline 4Horsepower133 HP (97.888 KW) @ 6000 RPMWeight1750 lbs | 793.787 kgDrive TypeRWDEngine LocationFrontTransmission5-step manual all-synchronized

The RWD sedan Alfa Romeo Giulia, was a revelation and powerful car for its time, with good dynamic characteristics at the level of sports cars of those years. 

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The early 60s were a revolutionary period for the global automaking industry: BMW rose from the ashes, the new Audi did not yet exist, and Opel, Ford, Peugeot, and Volvo began to produce sports cars. Repatriates from abroad who received import permits bought MG MGBs, Triumph Spitfires, and Mini Cooper Ss, but the undisputed sporting symbol was the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Remarkably, Alfa Romeo was the first manufacturer to install a powerful engine in a production car. Since its inception, this company’s approach to car construction had been unique and original, and the Giulia combined distinctive Italian design, cutting-edge technology, and a bold, dynamic spirit that constantly inspired genuine emotions. 

The origins

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The rear-wheel drive sedan, which replaced the Giulietta, debuted in 1962 on the Monza circuit. The one-ton “sporty” (1962 – 1978) quickly became the preferred choice of successful lawyers, doctors, and football players, establishing itself as a dream automobile for the middle class. As an ultimate sports vehicle of its time and a status symbol, it delivered superior performance in a polished classic concept. Remarkably, while the 4-step gears were standard for sports cars, Alfa Romeo and Porsche 911 had five. In addition, among high-end vehicles, only this one was equipped with two camshafts in the head (DOHC) engines. Although this was a technology introduced by Fiat in the 1912 races, it was much above standard in the 60s, which was also true of the aluminum cast iron block. Roof trim and a concave rear end acted as spoilers and provided excellent aerodynamics by the standards of the 60s.

The 1968 model year

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At the end of the 60s, the automobile transformed from the landing formula to the sports 2 + 2 (the Sprint GTA modification). It became “alleggerita” or “lightweight”, as it became 200 kg lighter than the base model: ultra-light materials such as aluminum, zinc, and magnesium were used in the construction, including the engine. The blockhead cover and the blockhead itself were made of magnesium. The model became truly sporty and maximally lightweight, with rear-wheel drive, with a rear-mounted electric motor. The radio equipment was perfectly protected from damage, as the monocoque chassis had sufficient strength.  The vehicle had an independent suspension of all wheels, a differential in the rear axle, and one horizontal shock absorber in the front and rear suspension. This vehicle was developed as a base for participation in the European Championships in circuit racing. The engine widely used ultra-light materials – aluminum, zinc, and magnesium. The blockhead cover and the blockhead itself were made of magnesium. The most lightweight, sporty, simple, minimalistic interior decoration characterized the interior of the car. The car had an independent suspension of all wheels, a differential in the rear axle, and one horizontal shock absorber in the front and rear suspension. Another modification of the model – Promiscua Colli was the rarest car of the entire Giulia family. The original version of the vehicle was based on the 1600 Super with a chrome grille and was most likely intended for public display. This version, first shown in 1968, was fully glazed and equipped with reclining rear seats like a regular station wagon. The tailgates were made as large as possible to reduce loading height. Because of this, the regular rear panel of the car became part of the door. Most of the Giardinettas produced were for the police and customs and were half station wagon, half van. Instead of a rear side window, the car had a metal sheet with air vents. Later versions had a short fifth door that did not extend into the rear panel, possibly to increase body rigidity. 

Did you know?

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The Giulia TI Promiscua modification was intended for police work. The rear window was made only for Giulia Promiscua, and the company offered this automobile for sale through its importers and dealers in many countries. Moreover, two right-hand drive wagons were made, the first in 1968, the second in 1969, and delivered to the UK. Both were used for express delivery to the technical department of Alfa Romeo GB. One of these cars still exists and is currently under restoration.

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1968 Alfa Romeo Giulia: An Iconic Sports Classic

EngineInline 4Horsepower133 HP (97.888 KW) @ 6000 RPMWeight1750 lbs | 793.787 kgDrive TypeRWDEngine LocationFrontTransmission5-step manual all-synchronized

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