Alfa Romeo Giulia TI 1967
Chassis number AR468339
- A car with unique history, has been in Poland since new
- Refurbished body- and paintwork
- Prepped for competitive driving
Estimated price: 45 000-65 000 PLN
Starting price: 30 000 PLN
Alfa Romeo is one of the most legendary and successful Italian brands in history. For many years, its core specialty were distinctively sporty saloon cars. One of the very first cars of this type was the Giulia, which was first unveiled in 1962.
Its simple, but charming looking body was designed by Giuseppe Scarnati. He managed to achieve an exceptionally low (given the saloon body type and technology available at the time) drag coefficient of just Cx=0.34. This was mostly down to the fact that Alfa Romeo had already used a wind tunnel to improve aerodynamic properties of their cars.
Initially, the Giulia was propelled by a 92 BHP engine displacing 1570 cc. A combination of its high revving nature and low weight of the car meant it was hugely enjoyable to drive. This version was called Giulia TI.
The Giulia range was later joined by more powerful versions, including a very rare TI Super, created for homologation purposes. Only 501 of them were made, with lightened body and a 112 BHP engine. Less powerful models were also available, example being the 1300, introduced in 1964. It was powered by a 78 BHP engine, mated to a four speed gearbox (the 1600 had a five-speed transmission).
The Giulia was also available in a rare estate version, called Super Colli Giardiniera. A diesel engine developing 54 BHP was also available between 1976 and 1977. However, an oil-burning engine didn’t quite match the character of the car and wasn’t a popular choice among customers.
During its lifecycle, the Giulia underwent several makeovers. Initially it was only offered with unassisted drum brakes, whereas later models can even be found with power-assisted disc brakes all round. Production ended in 1978, when the Giulia was replaced by a new model called Giulietta.
The name Giulia is currently making its comeback. This time it will be a mid-sized saloon car from Alfa Romeo, due to go on sale this year.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia TI featured at the Rozalin 2016 auction is a truly unique vehicle. It was originally purchased in Poland and spent its entire lifetime in the hands of Polish owners. Between 1966 and 1968 a state-owned car retailer Motozbyt received a small batch of Giulias. They were available exclusively for artists and scientists of outstanding merit for the communist regime. These cars were shipped to Poland as part of the license agreement with Fiat, which was a foundation for manufacturing the Fiat 125 in production facilities located in Warsaw’s industrial estate Żerań. Most of these Giulias featured Antracite Inglese paintwork. Only a few of them were painted in Bianco Spino colour, including the car on offer. Unfortunately, the small batch of Giulias imported to Poland weren’t covered by any guarantee when they were new, which was discouraging for potential buyers. Especially as the car cost twice as much than a brand new Warszawa at the time.
At first, the car on offer was delivered to Professor Janusz Groszkowski, who played an important role in deciphering the schemes of V2 rockets during World War II. Most of the owners got rid of their cars very quickly, as they were notoriously difficult to maintain in Poland and parts were pretty much unobtainable. Professor Groszkowski had kept the car until 1985. Later it was sold to a buyer from Cracow and in the 90’s – to Łódź, where it was thoroughly restored. More information on this particular vehicle can be found in the 76th issue of Automobilista magazine from 2006. After early restoration it was sold to its current owner, who modified the engine with competitive driving and tourist rallying in mind. Modifications included suspension, engine and exhaust system of the car. Various bits of the interior were also changed, including the standard steering wheel, which was swapped for a more sporty one. All the modifications have been done legitimately, in accordance with all the motorsport principles. To this day, the car is regularly used. It comes with factory steering wheel and wheels. It is preserved in an overall good condition – only original chrome parts need refurbishing. The paintwork is perfectly sound, while the interior looks sensational. Mechanically, the car is basically faultless. Prospective buyers of this car can restore it to its fully original shape, or carry on modifying it in accordance with FIA’s Historical Technical Passport. Its exceptional Polish history makes it a one-of-a-kind proposition and will surely have a positive influence on its value.