For those of us who don’t know Alfas inside out, when it comes to the “Giulia” it can get a little confusing, as they made three quite different models bearing the Giulia name over the years. The “Type 105” however is the one we’re talking about today, and it’s certainly our favourite of the bunch!
The “Type 105” Giulia was a compact four-door saloon car made by Alfa between 1962 – 1978. Not only is the car beautiful (in true Alfa style) it also represents one of the first examples of car manufacturers installing powerful engines into small, lightweight saloon cars (the Type 105 Giulia weighed in at only around 1000kg).
Equipped with twin-cam, lightweight alloy engines (in both 1300cc and 1600cc capacity), and with most models mated to a 5-speed box, the cars were fast, handled well and were even quite economical. The most desirable model back in the day was the “1600 Super” which featured twin-carbs, around 100bhp, a top speed of over 100mph, and a 0-60 time better than many sports cars of the era!
Jimmy’s Giulia is a “1600 Super” which means it’s the twin-carb version! The car is simply beautiful in Verde Muschio Green. The car looks hugely original, but also has some really nice, subtle modifications (such as being de-bumpered) which just adds to the retro appeal of this very pretty Alfa!
We caught up with Jimmy to learn more about his Alfa, and to hear about his love affair with the timeless Italian marque!
Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 1600 – Type 105 (1972)
- Alfas have been part of Jimmy's life for a long time – he's previously owned a 166 super, 156 V6, 147 t-spark, 147 GTA and a Brera S!
- After years of owning Alfas and celebrating those wonderful engines he yearned to own a pre-Fiat Alfa – one with a glorious Nord twin-cam and rear-wheel-drive.
- The wonderful twin cam engine just sings when you take it past 4500rpm all the way to 6200rpm.
- The handling would put most modern sports cars to shame, the quick steering rack (a common theme in Alfas) allows you to dance the car through corners with the lightest of inputs.
- The car has been treated to a re-spray, it's been de-bumpered and has a stainless steel custom exhaust system.
- The car has undergone a full respray in "Verde Muschio" green!
- De-bumpered with bespoke number plate light by Woodham & Mortimer.
- New stainless steel exhaust system from Alfaholics.
- Fast-road suspension pack from Alfaholics, and upgraded poly bushes all round.
Interview with the owner
- When did you first purchase this lovely Alfa Jimmy?18 months ago.
- What made you buy an Alfa Giulia 1600 Super?Alfas have been part of my life for a long time, I've previously owned a 166 super, 156 v6, 147 t-spark, 147 GTA and a Brera S. The obsession with Alfas began when my step dad brought home a 164 cloverleaf, at first I found the looks jarring and didn't understand his choice, but as soon as he turned the key I was smitten. Enzo Ferrari once said that those who care about aerodynamics do not know how to build engines and this couldn't be more true (if a little out dated) of Alfas, they can be beautiful, monstrous or awkward but what every Alfa has is an engine that lights up the senses and makes the most ordinary of trips a joyous thing. So after years of owning Alfas and celebrating those wonderful engines I yearned to own a pre-Fiat Alfa one which had the glorious Nord twin-cam and RWD. At first I wanted the beautiful Bertone coupe but what with values creeping to a point that was out of reach. I turned my attention to the saloon, and I'm so glad I did ! As this led me too this car!
- What's it like to drive?The car is an absolute blast, it's wonderful twin-cam engine just sings when you take it past 4500rpm all the way to 6200rpm. The handling would put most modern sports cars to shame, the quick steering rack (a common theme in Alfas) allows you to dance the car through corners with the lightest of inputs. But the sheer joy of owning this car is not exclusive to just Alfas but to nearly all classics. Its the ability to be able to really pedal and have no fear of bad roads or breaking the speed limit, or running out of room on a twisty B road. These simply aren't issues in a classic due to there pocket-size road presence, big tyre walls and often small capacity engines they soak up the potholes and bumps and allow you to get on with the fun bit, driving to the maximum of your ability.
- What's the current BHP?I believe it to be around 110bhp.
- Has the car been restored / rebuilt?Yes, partly. It's undergone a full respray over several winter months last year and has just recently had a complete suspension overhaul including fast road suspension pack from Alfaholics. It's also had upgraded poly-bushes all round plus a full Alfaholics stainless steel exhaust.All mechanical work was carried out by the sublime Woodham and Mortimer and paint by Blackwater bodyworks in Essex.
- Has the car been modified in any way?Yes it's had some work done to the exhaust system, suspension and bodywork.
- What have you done with the exhaust system then?It's had a new stainless Steel exhaust from Alfaholics.
- What have you done to the suspension?Fast-road suspension pack from Alfaholics!
- What have you done with the bodywork?It's had a complete respray in "Verde Muschio", it's been de-bumpered and has a bespoke number plate light by Woodham & Mortimer.
- Do you plan to do any further modifications to it?Yes, hopefully a full engine rebuild with uprated cams when funds allow!
- Is the car a "keeper" or will you sell it one day?I'll take it to my grave!
- It's a truly stunning car Jimmy, and something to be proud of! Do you own any other interesting cars?Yes, I've also got a Renault Clio 182 Trophy!
- Ok final question – ignoring cost, and assuming you couldn’t go and sell it for profit… what’s your dream car and why?Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale – absolute perfection!Note – we don't usually do this, but we've included a picture of this car below, as they are arguably the most beautiful car ever built…