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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Alfa Romeo Giulietta (1954-1965)


During the 36th Motor Show in Turin in 1954, all eyes were focused on visiting the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint. A beautiful sports car in the color Azzurro Capri came out of the Bertone design studio. Where did the name, just do not know. On this subject are different theories. One of them refers to the Shakespearean play "Romeo and Juliet." This association raised the imagination of many and made the Giulietta was named the "Italian Bride".

One year after the presentation of Sprint Alfa Romeo presented in the same place version berlina (sedan).
Auto was associated advantages going 5-passenger family vehicle with a motor sports aspirations. The elegant, streamlined body shape and came out of the studio Bertone. The car was driven by a 4-cylinder in-line engine with a capacity of 1290 cc, which uses aluminum alloy. At that time it was an innovative solution. The drive unit, which was designed by a team led by engineer Giuseppe Basso, has become a model for many future engines of the Alfa Romeo.
Giulietta was the fastest car in its class, and its price only slightly above the average in this category. It soon gained popularity. Instantly captivated the hearts of everyone, from traditional Italian and ending with the stars of the screen. Became a symbol of social advancement and economic development of the country.

In September 1957 in Monza presents a new version of the Giulietta ti (Turismo internazionale).
This model is presented in the photographs. Auto differed from the usual berliny higher degree of compression, carburettors and a richer set of indicators on the dashboard. From the outside, they can be easily identified by other rear lamp shade. In the second half of the 50s Twentieth century is not mass-produced sedan with such mechanical properties and performance as Giulietta. It was a real family car racing. Quickly found the owners, who wanted to be a practical vehicle with performance typical of a sports coupé. Not only high performance versions, or later as Sprint Sprint Veloce, but also berlina It related very successful in the most famous road races - the Mille Miglia, Targa Florio and the Tour de France. Still, as preached slogan - "can be carried by my mother." Thus began a new era in the history of Alfa Romeo - realized the idea of "open to all the pleasures of driving a sports car."

In 1959, the Giulietta underwent modification. Changed the car grill and an array of indicators, and the canines buffer model ti there are rubber. The first chapter of the history of the Giulietta ended in June 1962, when the model was renamed and engine capacity. Appeared on the market Giulia 1600. In 1977, the Italian company began producing a new car under the old mark. "Nuova Alfa Romeo Giulietta was produced for the 1985 season.


Jaguar Mark 2 (1959-1969)


In 1959 Jaguar Mk2 (Mark 2) has replaced the company's offer yet produced a model Mk1. It was a luxury sedan with a sporty flair, which according to the motto of the British label boss William Lyons was to ensure the maximum "grace, pace and space" (grace, speed and space). Users have received so beautiful and fast car, which ensured sufficient space for the driver and the top four passengers. From his predecessor Mk2 differ much better inside, where there was no shortage of leather upholstery and walnut lined elements, except the hood and larger glass planes.

Was also a greater range of engines. They came from the XK. In addition to units of 2.4 and 3.4 appeared most powerful engine with a capacity of 3.8 l. Then the vehicles with that engine attracted the greatest interest, and this version, despite the high price and the shortest period of production, has sold many copies.

In 1960, Jaguar bought Daimler. In these establishments Mark 2 was produced under a new name and a new 2.5 V8 engine. On the European market the car was known as the Daimler 2.5-V8, and later Daimler V8-250. Widlasta, eight-cylinder unit with a 2.5 liter model came with the SP250, which was initially supposed to be called Dart. However, this was a name reserved by Dodge'ai British court hearing after they had to change it.

On the basis of the model Mk2 in 1964 was Jaguar S-Type, which was a later development of the Jaguar 420th The year 1966 brought changes that have affected the price reduction Jaguar Mk2. Leather upholstery replaced the high-quality synthetic carpet Ambla and vehicles for the UK market standard deprived fog. The following year he became the Mark 2 Jaguar 240 or 340th 3.8 liter engine was no longer practically mounted. These cars differed from its predecessors thinner buffers.

Jaguar Mk2 went primarily representatives of the British establishment. This car next to the bankers took a liking to the criminals, especially those who have robbed banks. Rapid vehicle power over 200 hp and capable of a speed of 200 km / h significantly increased the chance of escape after the jump. Unfortunately for the robbers came the bad times. Police also been equipped in the same Mk2 Jaguars. However, they were used primarily to patrol the highways, where in the UK in the 60s Twentieth century is not yet in force the speed limit.

Excellent sports properties Jaguar Mk2 also proven on the race track. The British competition behind the wheel of this car competed drivers such as Stirling Moss, Graham Hill and Roy

Dalvadori. In 1962, the European champion
in touring car racing was Germany's Peter Nöcker, of course, the Mk2 engine 3.8. By the year 1967, that is, until you change the name of the car, produced 83 976 copies of the Mk2 (2.4 - 25 173 3.4 - 28 663 and 3.8 - 30 140). In the second period until 1969 was their only 7246 (240 - 4446, 340 - and 380 in 2788 only 12). Then Mark 2 was replaced by the Jaguar XJ6.
In the 80s and 90 Twentieth century, a Jaguar Mk2 not allowed to forget the popular British television crime series "Inspector Morse". His hero, he used just such a car, even though the original story by Colin Dexter-Ende vour Morse drove ... Lancia. Television Jaguar (in poor condition) in November 2005 was sold for more than 100 thousand pounds. Similar cars in much better shape can be purchased for half that sum.