Experts from four continents pass judgement on one of the most charismatic cars ever built, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and the early Giulia range of cars. They became one of the most desirable and popular of the Italian genre. Included are road and comparison tests, technical and performance data, owner?s reports and complete specifications plus advice on acquiring and restoring a Giulietta.
Without the arrival of the Giulietta it would be safe to say that Alfa Romeo might not have survived the 50s. Some people may think that statement a little dramatic but there is a large grain of truth in it. The 1900 saloon had established the template that would be used by Alfa right through until the Alfettas of the 70s. As good as the 1900 was, the key people at the company knew that what was required was a smaller range using the same mechanical layout. The result of these studies was the design and development of a completely new DOHC 1.3 litre engine that would drive the rear wheels through a four-speed (later upgraded to a five-speed) gearbox. It was to power a model that would be positioned above the Fiats in a niche that was occupied by Alfa?s rival Lancia. Between them they created the premium small car market. The Giulietta, having celebrating its 50th Anniversary (1954-2004), set the template for all future Alfas insofar as they were spirited and nimble cars to drive fast and they had oodles of that Italian temperament for which they were justly famous. Included are road and comparison tests, owner?s reports plus advice on acquiring & restoring a Giulietta. 176 pages with 16 pages in colour.