Julia, Giulia: ’71 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300
We love small, nimble, Italian sedans like this Alfa. The Giulia Super is the perfect little 4-door. When you think about it, you could buy a BMW 1600 and they are both very rewarding cars to drive. But the Alfa has soul. It’s lively like a young labrador. It just wants to go go go. Here in the USA, we could buy Giulia 1600s but in Italy you could order a lower caste version with a 1300cc engine from the GT 1300 Junior. The 1300 had rubber mats on the floor too. So 1300s are not here in any great numbers. A few made it here with returning servicemen, others were imported. Unfortunately, many of the 1300s fell victim to engine swaps by well meaning owners. We had a GT1300 Junior and yes, it required a whipping to keep up with bigger cars but it was happy doing it. Today’s offering is a Craigslist find and it by no means perfect. But we think it is an inexpensive way to get into a great event car. Hey, 4-wheel disc brakes, 5-speed, dual Webers – all in good health. There has been a color change but it isn’t a Porsche 911S so who really cares? And the rust issues, if it is not worse than described, shouldn’t be a big deal to get right again. The asking price is $11,000. See it here on Craigslist.