Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Introduced in 1954, the Giulietta was the first really mass-produced Alfa Romeo, and vastly increased their profile. The first model to be released was the Giulietta Sprint, a 2+2 coupe designed by Bertone with a 1290cc four cylinder engine producing 65bhp. In April of the following year the berlina (or saloon) version appeared, a four door, three box design with the same mechanicals as the Sprint, but a longer wheelbase and a reduced 53bhp from the same 1290cc engine.
Also in 1955 appeared for the first time the prototype Giulietta Spider, the production car being released at the Turin Motorshow of the following year. Designed by Pininfarina, it used the same mechanicals as the Sprint on a 50mm shorter wheelbase whilst lacking the metal roof of the latter.
The next variant to appear was the Sprint Veloce in 1956. This was a Sprint modified by fitting aluminium alloy doors, bonnet and bootlid, plexiglass side and rear windows, and an engine with different carburettors, camshafts and compression ratio to produce 90bhp. A similarly modified Spider Veloce was also produced.
1957 saw the introduction of the Giulietta TI which installed the 65bhp Sprint engine in the berlina bodyshell. This proved to be the most popular Giulietta produced, over 50% of the final total production being this model. That year also saw a prototype being revealed, the Sprint Speciale (or SS) by Bertone, which is covered on a separate page, together with the Sprint Zagato (or SZ). Both these latter cars used the Spider floorpan with a 100bhp strong engine and five speed gearbox but with completely new bodyshells.
1959 saw a range of small changes to the engines. There was no official change in the output power, but many dimensions were changed in order to improve the reliability of the unit. It was sufficient for the series number of the cars to be changed. Up until then they had been 750/753 series cars, but with the new engine they became the 101 series. Some small changes to the exterior of the TI were also made.
This latter model also received a little more power in 1961 when the engine output increased to 75bhp and a floor mounted gearshift became standard. All the berlina's also got a modified front grille, whilst the Spider adopted the Sprint wheelbase, an increase of 50mm.
Also worth noting are the small number of Giulietta Promiscua's produced, these being a four door estate car on the standard berlina floorpan. The bodyshells were produced by Colli.
Production of the standard berlina stopped in 1963, whilst the TI continued for a further year. Producton figures were :
Berlina 39,057 TI 92,728 Sprint 24,084 Sprint Veloce 3,058 Spider 14,300 Spider Veloce 2,796 Promiscua 91
Driveline longitudinal engine at front with rear wheel drive Suspension front : wishbones with telescopic dampers and coil springs plus anti-roll bar
rear : rigid live axle with telescopic dampers and coil springs
wheelbase : 2380mm (berlina, estate & TI); 2250mm (coupe, SS, SZ, Spider from 1961); 2200mm (Spider to 1961)
front track :1292mm
rear track : 1270mm
Brakes front : drums (finned)
rear : drums
handbrake operating on the rear via cable
Gearbox 4 speed manual Steering worm and roller Kerb weight Berlina : 913kg
Sprint : 878kg
Sprint Zagato : 785kg
Spider : 860kg
model max speed 0-60mph Berlina 140 km/h / 88 mph 19.6 sec TI (65bhp) 155 km/h / 97 mph 17.7 sec Sprint Zagato 200 km/h / 120 mph 11 sec
The original Giulietta Sprint had the model number 750B whilst the berlina released the following year was the 750C. The Spider was the 750D, the Sprint Veloce 750E and the Spider Veloce the 750F. The Giulietta ti (of 1958) became the 753. The Promiscua retained the 750C model number of the berlina.
Under the new system, from 1958/9 the Giulietta became the 101 series. The berlina was 101.00, the Sprint 101.02, the Spider 101.03, the Sprint Veloce 101.06, the Spider Veloce 101.07, the ti 101.11, the Sprint Speciale 101.20, the Promiscua 101.22 and the Sprint Zagato 101.26.
The revised range in 1961 became the 101.28 (berlina) and 101.29 (ti), the other models not changing their numbers.
Until the new system came into force the 1290cc engines were all AR1315. Under the new system there were the AR00100 (53bhp), AR00102 (80bhp), AR00106 (90bhp), AR00111 (65bhp), AR00120 (100bhp), AR00128 (62bhp) and AR00129 (74bhp).
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Alfa Romeo Road Test Book : Alfa Romeo Giulietta Gold Portfolio 1954-65
Covers the Berlina, Ti, Coupe Sprint, Spider, Veloce, Zagato, 1600, SV and SS with over 300 illustrations and numerous articles.
edited by R.M.Clarke, 1991
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