BaT Auction: Restored 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

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This 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider was recently restored in dark blue over a new burgundy leather interior and features a rebuilt correct-type DOHC inline-four cylinder engine with displacement increased to 1400cc. Manufactured on June 26th 1956, the car was then delivered to Hoffman Motor Car in New York. The previous owner was an Alfa Romeo enthusiast from California and records reportedly show single-family ownership going back to the 1960s. In 2015, the selling dealer found this early short-wheelbase Giulietta in rough sorts on BaT, and proceeded to restore it for the current owner. The body was media blasted and refinished before the interior was reupholstered in leather with wool carpet. The engine received larger pistons and cylinders and a Weber carburetor, and both the gearbox and differential were rebuilt. The wiring harness was replaced and the braking system was overhauled. Veglia instrumentation was restored and now shows 87,725  miles. Since its completion, the car has entered in several Monte Shelton Northwest Classic Rallies and even won the concours “Q-Tip” award in 2016. This 750D spider is now offered by the selling dealer with some records, a tonneau cover, and a clean Oregon title.

This is the 250th Giulietta Spider produced based on the early chassis number and was originally red. In preparation for the repaint, the Pininfarina body was stripped down to bare metal and placed on a rotisserie for body work. Built in 1965, the car would be eligible for several historic rallies such as the California Mille or the Colorado Grand.

BaT Auction: Restored 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

The bumpers were re-chromed and the stainless steel trim was polished for a total of $3,500. The windshield was replaced and a mix of new/used exterior badges were sourced.

BaT Auction: Restored 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

15″ steel wheels wear polished branded hubcaps and are mounted with vintage-style Michelin XAS tires showing 2014 date codes.

BaT Auction: Restored 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

Burgundy leather seats feature black piping while black Italian wool carpets line the floor. World Upholstery supplied the new leather interior, carpet, and convertible top for $4,732. Rubber Alfa Romeo branded floor mats came from Centerline International and a black tonneau cover is included in the sale. A new heater core was fabricated at Mac’s Radiator in Portland.

BaT Auction: Restored 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

The Veglia instrumentation was rebuilt and calibrated by Seattle Speedometer for $2,248. The faces were cleaned and recolored, while the bezels were stripped and chromed. 87,725  miles are shown on the odometer, 3,500 of which were added in three and a half years of ownership. The stock steering wheel was also refinished.

Interior knobs, switches and hardware were replaced as needed, and an unrestored Pininfarina badged blank plate is mounted on the dashboard. A driving video can be seen above.

BaT Auction: Restored 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

The DOHC inline-four engine was rebuilt with larger pistons and cylinders, increasing displacement from 1290cc to 1400cc. Profab Custom Fabrication in Aurora, Oregon soda blasted the engine parts, magnafluxed the crankshaft and connecting rods, refaced the valves, and assembled the cylinder head. Fasteners were plated with yellow-zinc and the generator was rebuilt.

BaT Auction: Restored 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

An upgraded downdraft Weber carburetor is fitted with a dome air filter and the new wiring harness came from Auto Sportiva for $1,575. A Bosch blue ignition coil is connected to a Bosch spark plug wire set, and an Odyssey battery is installed in the trunk with a modern hold down. The engine number stamping does not match the chassis plate but is very close in sequence.

BaT Auction: Restored 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

Nasko’s Imports rebuilt the 4-speed manual gearbox and differential. New mounts isolate the gearbox and engine, and receipts in the gallery show that the driveshaft was overhauled as well. Dozens of photos in the gallery detail the condition of the underside of the spider.

BaT Auction: Restored 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

The Girling braking system was reassembled with new parts and the brake master cylinder was rebuilt. The front wheels feature finned brake drums and new inner and outer wheel bearings. The suspension was updated with Koni shocks, tie rods, ball joints, axle limit straps, and polyurethane bushings for the front sway bar.

BaT Auction: Restored 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

A letter from Alfa Romeo and over three-dozen pages of receipts and expense tables can be seen in the gallery. They detail the work done rebuilding the drivetrain, refinishing the body, reupholstering the interior, and more.

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