Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo added to their line of cars with the release of the Giulia in 1962. This was the first time Alfa Romeo had placed such a powerful engine in a mainstream lightweight car. Topping out at 2,200 pounds, the Giulia contained a 1.6-liter, 100 bhp (75 kW) engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. These components allowed the Giulia to reach a top speed of 106 mph and accelerate from zero to sixty in 12 seconds, which was impressive for the times. The exterior of the vehicle was fairly mundane, and yet contained an enormous amount of detail. The low drag coefficient was noteworthy for the era, and in a fact was less than that of the Porsche 911. The new 105 series was introduced in June 1962, which was followed by the introduction of the Giulia Sprint GT in 1963, a two door coupe designed by Bertone. Shortly thereafter, in 1965, the coupe was redesigned without a roof as the Giulia GTC Cabriolet. Sales for this model were very limited, and resulted only in about 1000 making it through production. However, a small number of racing enthusiasts took to the GTA from which ten enhanced versions were produced for Group 5 racing in Belgium, France and the UK for use in 1967 and 1968. Additionally, roughly 500 GTAs were manufactured for motosport, in which success was had at the European Touring Car Championship in 1966, 1967 and 1968. Another limited model, the Giulia GTA, which was introduced in 1968 as a lighter version of the 1966 released Giulia GTV, produced some 160bhp, or 165bhp with fuel injection. A mere 447 Giulia GTAs were produced. Evidently, the Giulia saw success in smaller niche markets as opposed to the widespread dominance seen by other brands. Nevertheless, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is a classic and was a coveted release.