By on July 7, 2014



Why wait to pay $30,000 for Alfa’s new, long-rumored, often-postponed rear-drive Giulia when you can have one right now?

Bring A Trailer has this example, lovingly cared for by Automobile Magazine’s Jamie Kitman, for as much as an Audi A3. Like all of Kitman’s vintage motors, this one is in tip-top shape and has an interesting history to go along with it, having made the trip from Rome to New York via London. If anyone is interested, you can contact Jamie through the BaT ad.

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26 Comments on “Crapwagon Outtake: You Don’t Have To Wait For A $30k Alfa Giulia...”

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    juicy sushi

    Oooooh, if only I had that cash lying around.

    Every Alfa after these 105/110s were a vain attempt to recreate the magic. Dark blue, some Alfaholics goodies, a sunny day, and a good road to drive down… Heaven.

    • 0 avatar

      Whichever Alfa you own all the rest that came after are pale imitations or receive the dreaded “not a real Alfa” epithet.

      But not so!

      We must stick together Alfa brothers! If not for each other then for the 100-year-old but always-on-the-verge-of-bankruptcy company we all bleed Alfa Rosso for.

    • 0 avatar

      I would rate the 116 Alfettas higher. They were a lot more sophisticated – the pinnacle of post war Alfa Romeo in terms of design and engineering and way ahead of the competition. Of course unlike the 105s they are less lovable as build quality was atrocious. Trust me on this one as I own one example of each. Then there are the Suds. Who says that they don’t even more magic (beneath the rust)?

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    Yea but what kind of infotainment does it have?

  • avatar

    Jamie is my hero.

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    I love the look and the color…I am thinking smoother Volvo 240

    • 0 avatar

      If you think they’re comparable, just go for a top condition 240 for a third of the price!

    • 0 avatar

      Due to weight and size differences I can’t compare the two, but I see where you’re coming from as far as styling goes. Numerous sedans in the 60’s had a fine stoic squareness to them with tasteful styling attributes.

  • avatar
    Da Coyote

    I had a red Giulietta Sprint (1960)during the last of my undergrad days.

    Still a beautiful car (IMHO), but yes it had the typical Italian characteristics – fun to drive, but required repairs approximately once per hour of engine running time.

    But, I’d love to have it again.

    • 0 avatar

      That sounds like Woody Allen describing one-night stands:

      “Sex without love is a meaningless experience….but as meaningless experiences go, it’s one of the best.”

  • avatar

    I love Alfa’s, but I don’t swoon to the tune of 30G’s for a 4-dr. saloon unless its a Jag, Bentley, Two eyed Rolls, Merc’, Citroen, or pre-war Cadillac/Lasalle/Packard/Nash/Studebaker/Hudson/Buick/Olds/Model-A_B_V-8 Ford….

  • avatar

    As a sedan buff I’d possible pick this up for $30k, only thing is that its too fine to DD, I’d never forgive myself if I parked it at a shopping center.

    • 0 avatar

      Reg; ” its too fine to DD, I’d never forgive myself if I parked it at a shopping center.”

      If you don’t at least weekend drive it like a regular vehicle, how are ever going to get the value out of it?

      And, The biggest complaint I hear from wives about ‘our’ investment cars…is, ‘He just sits and looks at it’ ‘It never goes more then around the block’.

      Be a good steward and take care of them, but drive them…often, park in left field and walk, if your concerned about parking lot damage… do you and the car good.

      Using it often keeps the wife from nagging to much about… ‘It just sits there taking up space’. And silently …’I could have new drapes and a kitchen if it weren’t for ‘his’ crappy old car cluttering the garage.

      Your kids will have memories of you and them, with the car…priceless. My kids are always bring up this car or that car, doing this or that.

      If your self-worth depends on the car staying perfect, you are already on the losing end and have issues no nice car is ever going to address.

      • 0 avatar

        Uhmm… well, I wouldn’t go shopping in an old Alfa but I’d run the heck out of it on the local country roads and that, not all drives have to be for practical purposes.

    • 0 avatar
      Compaq Deskpro

      They should all be too nice.

  • avatar

    Even Kitman isn’t so stupid that he didn’t include any engine bay photos by accident.

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    looking at those work orders it appears that being a magazine editor paid pretty well, considering he could afford to pay $95/hr to replace light bulbs and pop hubcaps on. spray the bottom of the car with truck bedliner. a lot of shadetree stuff, most people that liked cars could do on their own

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    The nose looks repainted. Maybe its the lighting, but it really REALLY looks resprayed.

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    Hell, way back when you could buy these things new, I thought they looked gawky and ill-proportioned. Five years living in the UK in the early 1970s did not improve my opinion.

    The only decent looking Alfas were the 1750 GTVs and their predecessors. Nice drive as well, yes indeed.

    That droopy-arsed Alfa in the Graduate movie was awkward looking as well. Never looked desirable to me.

    Of all the cars you could restore, why on earth would you pick this underachiever sedan, mostly used as an Italian cop car or taxi?

    Utterly forgettable.

    • 0 avatar

      “This underachiever sedan” sparked the sports sedan market. BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Lexus, VW, et al, all copied this idea.

      • 0 avatar
        heavy handle

        A big part of the charm of driving a classic is hearing from those who hate that particular car (usually as an affectation, but sometimes because someone they know had a poor experience with the model/brand).

        “Why would you pick brand X when I prefer brand Y?” As if there’s only one valid choice for hobby cars.
        “Why do you collect colonial stamps when I’m into first-day covers?”

        Always cracks me up.

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    why would any car nut even consider an italian car. their track record over the years speak for itself. great looks but all kinds of problems. if you thought engish cars were bad, you hadn’t tried an italian car. Starting to sound like GM, huh?

    • 0 avatar

      An awful lot of people collect GMs of various vintages, too.

      If we were all about getting reliable cars for reasonable prices, car collectors would buy new Yarises. But there’s more to life – and cars – than that.

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