Alfa Giulia is 50 - get nostalgic!

2012-06-28 07:59

One of the world’s most advanced and best-loved sports sedans, the Alfa Giulia, was launched on June 17 1962 and tributes for this iconic Italian ride will be held around the world.

Alfa Romeo's Giulia was a stylish, technologically advanced sedan and from 1962-77 the Italian automaker sold a million of them.

Monza racetrack near Milan was a fitting venue for the launch of the Giulia TI, a circuit where Alfa Romeo achieved so much of its sporting successes. In 1965 the Brianza track saw the return of Alfa Romeo to Grand Prix racing since the automaker's exit in the 1950s, with the performance-tuned Giulia Sprint GTA. 


The Giulia, in that era of tubular chassis, push-rod engines and leaf-spring suspension, caused a sensation as a volume family sedan when it arrived with a monocoque body, coil springs and a twin-cam engine with a five-speed gearbox.

As part its 50th anniversary celebrations Alfa has released a special logo for the car, originated from a famous advertisement which described the sedan as “designed by the wind”.

The Giulia would become available in 1.3 and 1.6 models including TI and Super configurations along with the limited TI Super built to compete in International Touring Car races and South Africa would play its own role in the development of the Giulia with so-called Rallye versions, including a two-litre model with unique wheels and a limited-slip differential.


The TI (or sometimes Ti) nomenclature, meaning Turismo Internazionale or Touring International, remains a nameplate for the sportiest versions of any Alfa sedan such as the 159 Ti.

Alfa Romeo clubs across South Africa will also be paying tribute to the Giulia locally with a special announcement.

Feeling nostalgic?
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  • helmut.smrz - 2012-06-28 09:13

    You had to be italian to drive one and to understand this""CAR"" I ownd one, nothing but probleeeemsch!

  • edward.abrahams.562 - 2012-06-28 09:53

    I agree helmut and I don't blame you or the many others who even ended up hating them. Alfa's of the past were very temprimental. You had to love them to really enjoy them. But let me tell you...when these things got on the road they left everything in their wake. Very few cars could catch them. They intimidated most other drivers out there. Brilliant drives. Brilliant road-holding. Amazing engines. Despite the problems and unrefinement...awesome cars. Yes, the Germans were always good and reliable but very boring I must admit. I just love these cars. Forza Alfa Romeo!

      helmut.smrz - 2012-06-28 12:02

      May be it was my boring driving style the alfa dit'n like

  • dawid.dippenaar - 2012-06-28 10:17

    Awesome car! Don't believe the rumours about them being so temperemental! 40 years ahead of the time. Drive one today and be amazed by how the handling, engine brakes and gearbox feels. Parts availability is very good, they have such a loyal following that many parts are being made again.

      ian.stivala - 2012-09-22 19:08

      very true. I have an Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 1600cc in a perfect condition. I must say SHE PERFORMS VERY WELL :)

  • michaelallen.harcombe - 2012-06-28 20:33

    Had a '69 model and still drive Alfa's today, would not change for anything but its big sister maybe. Two of my children also own Alfas. Treat them like you would your woman and you will have no problems.

  • lumifi - 2012-07-01 01:15

    An immortal automobile icon. A wonderful souvenir from the sixties. An excellent car that everybody´s remember and will never forget. The last forever engine, the engine magic noise, the driving pleasure, the perfomance ahed of its time, the classy and nice style... a true Alfa only for experts and car lovers!

  • renier.snyman1 - 2012-07-01 19:22

    The Giulia and Alfa's magic twin cam engine was years ahead of its time. I own a Giulia GTV and it ranks right up there as a drivers car. ARCOP is honouring the Giulia at Zwartkops on 14 July. See you there!

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