Alfa Romeo Giulietta

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint
Manufacturer Alfa Romeo
Production 1954–1965
Assembly Portello, Milan, Italy (Berlina)
Grugliasco, Turin, Italy (Sprint, Bertone)[1]
San Giorgio Canavese, Italy (Spider, Pininfarina)[2]
East London, South Africa (Ti model 1960–1963, Car Distributors Assembly)[3]
Predecessor none
Successor Alfa Romeo Giulia
Class Subcompact
Body style Berlina (sedan)
Spider (convertible)
Sprint (coupe)
Layout FR layout
Engine 1.3 L DOHC I4
Transmission 4-speed manual
5-speed manual (SS and SZ)
Wheelbase Berlina/Sprint/Spider
2,390 mm (94.1 in)/2,380 mm (93.7 in)/2,250 mm (88.6 in)
Length 3,990 mm (157.1 in)/3,920 mm (154.3 in)/3,400 mm (133.9 in)
Width 1,550 mm (61.0 in)/1,543 mm (60.7 in)/1,540 mm (60.6 in)
Height 1,485 mm (58.5 in)/1,320 mm (52.0 in)/1,180 mm (46.5 in)
Curb weight Berlina: 913 kg (2,013 lb)
Sprint: 878 kg (1,936 lb)
Sprint Zagato: 785 kg (1,731 lb)
Spider : 860 kg (1,896 lb)
Designer Sprint Bertone
Spider Pininfarina
Sprint Speciale Bertone
Franco Scaglione
An exhibition celebrating 50 years of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta in Milano, 2004-06-09, here is 1960 Giulietta Colli Promiscua (station wagon)

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta (series 750 and 101) was a subcompact 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.

The first Giulietta model was a coupé, the Giulietta Sprint, introduced in late 1954. This was followed by a sedan in spring 1955 and in mid 1955, the open two-seat Giulietta Spider, featuring convertible bodywork by Pininfarina. In 1957 the most powerful 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.[4] Carrozzeria Boneschi also made a few station wagon examples called Weekendina.[5]


Restyling 1959

A new version of the Giulietta 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.

Restyling 1961

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. Production figures were:[6]

  • Berlina 39,057
  • TI 92,728
  • Sprint 24,084
  • Sprint Veloce 3,058
  • Spider 14,300
  • Spider Veloce 2,796
  • Promiscua (Wagon ) [7] 91

Giulietta engines

The Giulietta used an Alfa Romeo Twin Cam engine of 1290 cc straight-4, with a light alloy cylinder block and an alloy cylinder head with twin overhead camshafts. The original Giulietta engine produced a power output of 53 bhp (40 kW) in the sedan and 80 bhp (60 kW) in the Giulietta Sprint.[8] This was to be increased to 116 bhp[9] in later sporting models such as the Giulietta Sprint Speciale and the Giulietta Sprint SZ (Sprint Zagato).

1962 Giulietta Twin Cam engine
Model Displacement Power Top speed
Berlina 1,290 cc 53 bhp (40 kW) 88 mph (142 km/h)[6]
Giulietta T.I. 1,290 cc 65 bhp (48 kW) 97 mph (156 km/h)[6]
Sprint 1,290 cc 80 bhp (60 kW) 88 mph (142 km/h)[10]
Sprint Veloce 1,290 cc 90 bhp (67 kW) 112 mph (180 km/h)[11]
Sprint Speciale 1,290 cc 116 bhp (87 kW) 120 mph (190 km/h)[9]
Sprint Zagato 1,290 cc 116 bhp (87 kW) 120 mph (190 km/h)[9]

Giulietta models

Nuova Giulietta

In 1977, Alfa Romeo introduced the Nuova Giulietta. This was not a development of the original Giulietta of 1954–1965, but a design based on the Alfa Romeo Alfetta chassis (including its rear-mounted transaxle).

See also


Further reading

  • Angelo Tito Anselmi. Alfa Romeo Giulietta: 1954-2004 Golden Anniversary: the full history of the Giulietta model range. ISBN 8879113402.


Chassis 1 chassis (1st Generation)
Engine 1.1L



  • David Owen, Great Marques Alfa Romeo, Octopus Books, ISBN 0-7064-2219-8
  • Bruno Alfieri (ed.), Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint 1954 - 2004, Automobilia, ISBN 88-7960-171-7
  • Donald Hughes and Vito Witting da Prato, Alfa Romeo Veloce: The Racing Giuliettas, 1956-63 (SV-SVZ-SS-SZ), G T Foulis & Co Ltd, ISBN 0-85429-731-6

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