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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.