Alfa Romeo Giulia GTC

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Description: In the 1950s, Alfa Romeo was enjoying newfound success with the 750/101 Series Giulietta Coupes and Sedans. Prior to World War II, the Milanese firm was lacking in serious direction, building

In the 1950s, Alfa Romeo was enjoying newfound success with the 750/101 Series Giulietta Coupes and Sedans. Prior to World War II, the Milanese firm was lacking in serious direction, building gorgeous and exclusive sporting cars at hefty price tags that kept sales down. Production of the pre-war machines carried on in the years immediately after WWII, but it was clear that bespoke, high-strung and exotic sports cars would not keep the company afloat. So in the early 1950s a drastic change was made and Alfa Romeo shifted its focus to building high quality, mass produced saloon cars and sports cars that were attainable to the ever growing middle class worker. The Giulietta Berlina, Coupe and Spyder were sweet, well-built cars with a sporting spirit in a practical package.

Following on the heels of the successful 101 platform was the 105 Series which debuted in 1963. The Berlina wore a cleverly designed body that appeared very boxy and upright, but was in fact quite aerodynamically efficient while the accompanying coupe rode on a shortened Berlina platform and wore beautifully detailed Bertone coachwork. All models were powered by Alfa Romeo’s delectable light-alloy twin-cam four cylinder engines which ranged in size from 1290cc to 1962cc, depending on year and spec. The standard Coupe wore Bertone coachwork, while the two-seat, drop-top Duetto Spyder wore unique Pininfarina coachwork. A lesser known convertible was also built, based on the Bertone Coupe and featuring a full folding top and seating for four passengers. The Giulia GTC, as it became known, had a body designed by Bertone but specially built by Vignale, where they received extensive reinforcement in the rockers, floors and trunk to increase rigidity.

Just around 1000 of these beautiful cabriolets were built between 1964 and 1966, making them among the rarest of all 105-series variants. Power came from the sweet, revvy 1600cc version of the all-alloy twin cam four-cylinder, which fed power through a fantastic 5-speed gearbox. The GTC shares the same spirit and soul of the fixed roof cars, but with a somewhat more relaxed attitude. With its ties to the legendary Carrozzeria of Bertone and Vignale, and extremely limited production, this is one of the most highly sought after and desirable Alfa Romeos of the period.

This 1966 Giulia GTC presents in classic Alfa red over a black interior and black top. It is a very sound car that appears never to have been fully restored; rather, it has had some restoration work performed as needed to keep it well sorted and attractive. As a result, it presents with a good quality and honest feel. The exterior cosmetics are overall very good and the body is straight, displaying consistent panel gaps. Chrome trim is complete and in good, very presentable order, although it is showing a few imperfections here and there. A black interior is similarly presented in good condition, complete and tidy with a few imperfections to be found but overall quite attractive for a driver quality machine. The black cloth top fits snugly and looks to be in very good order.

Under the bonnet lays the 1600cc twin-cam inline four, which is healthy and presents well. The engine compartment and undercarriage continue the theme of an honest, usable car. Signs of regular maintenance show throughout and there are no indications of any past damage or corrosion. Correct finishes and fittings are found and it displays an approachable, unfussy appearance.

Thanks to its very low production numbers and the beautiful Bertone styling, the GTC has become one of the most desirable of all the 105 series Alfa Romeos. This sound nature of this example makes it well suited for driving and regular enjoyment, and its next owner can be confident that it will remain a coveted classic for years to come.



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