Rare Rides: The 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 TI Giardiniera

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
rare rides the 1967 alfa romeo giulia 1600 ti giardiniera

Though a current model at the brand, Alfa Romeo’s Giulia originated in the 1960s as a long-running middle-market sedan. Today’s example is one of the rarest made, with a performance-oriented drivetrain and a family wagon body. It’s even a lovely color.

Worth a side note before we get started, we have featured a coupe bearing the Giulia name, the Sprint Speciale showed early in 2020. While named as Giulia, underneath it was actually an updated variant of the older Giulietta and not the same car. The real Giulia entered production in 1962 in Milan and was a replacement for the outgoing Giulietta. Considered a compact executive car, it was available only with four doors, and as a sedan or wagon.

Engines were three, and included gasoline power via 1.3- and 1.6-liter inline fours (both of twin-cam variety) and a 1.8-liter diesel. Interestingly the diesel mill was made in England by a company called Perkins, which today is owned by Caterpillar. All transmissions were manual and had either four or five speeds. Less sporty, the four-speed was limited to the base 1.3-liter trim. The two gasoline engines were considered powerful in their day, and it was a novel idea to add considerable power to a mainstream sedan. Dependent upon carbs and tune, power ranged from 80 to 110 horses in a car that weighed between 2,150 and 2,500 pounds.

The Giulia range was a complicated one, and there were 12 different trims during the car’s production from 1962 to 1977. For 1967, the 1600 TI had the largest engine but was one step below the top-tier Nuova Super 1.6, which had sportier-looking trim. 1600 TI existed from 1962 to 1967 before it was replaced by the 1600 S. At the 1600 TI’s level, the wagon – Giardiniera – was much less common than the sedan. Constructed by coachbuilder Carrozzeria Colli in Milan just 16 examples were completed in total. Of those, 11 had rear windows, and five were panel wagons.

Today’s particular windowed wagon was purchased by an American living in Italy, who took it to Paris for a year or two and then to the US. It stayed in the original owner’s family in California for some time and needed a restoration by the end of the Seventies. Eventually, it was sold to a collector in Holland in 2006. It’s there now, where it’s on sale for $79,000.

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  • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Apr 05, 2021

    Reminds me of driving buy one of the local McDonald's on Easter Sunday. A couple was stepping out of a new Giulia. I pointed it out and the first thing out of my wife's mouth is: "Why are they eating at McDonald's?"

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    • RHD RHD on Apr 08, 2021

      Why does ANYONE eat at McDonald's?

  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Apr 05, 2021

    That is the best Italian can design? It looks like Japanese car of period. For 79K I can buy Lincoln Navigator! Is box as well, but better and bigger box.

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    • Garrett Garrett on Apr 06, 2021

      @Garak And yet it is 100% consistent with the aesthetic of mid-century modern design. It’s a beautiful car, but for that price, I would be going for a vintage Alfa that was more sporting in nature.

  • BEPLA My own theory/question on the Mark VI:Had Lincoln used the longer sedan wheelbase on the coupe - by leaning the windshield back and pushing the dashboard & steering wheel rearward a bit - not built a sedan - and engineered the car for frameless side windows (those framed windows are clunky, look cheap, and add too many vertical lines in comparison to the previous Marks) - Would the VI have remained an attractive, aspirational object of desire?
  • VoGhost Another ICEbox? Pass. Where are you going to fill your oil addiction when all the gas stations disappear for lack of demand? I want a pickup that I can actually use for a few decades.
  • Art Vandelay Best? PCH from Ventura to somewhere near Lompoc. Most Famous? Route Irish
  • GT Ross The black wheel fad cannot die soon enough for me.
  • Brett Woods My 4-Runner had a manual with the 4-cylinder. It was acceptable but not really fun. I have thought before that auto with a six cylinder would have been smoother, more comfortable, and need less maintenance. Ditto my 4 banger manual Japanese pick-up. Nowhere near as nice as a GM with auto and six cylinders that I tried a bit later. Drove with a U.S. buddy who got one of the first C8s. He said he didn't even consider a manual. There was an article about how fewer than ten percent of buyers optioned a manual in the U.S. when they were available. Visited my English cousin who lived in a hilly suburb and she had a manual Range Rover and said she never even considered an automatic. That's culture for you.  Miata, Boxster, Mustang, Corvette and Camaro; I only want manual but I can see both sides of the argument for a Mustang, Camaro or Challenger. Once you get past a certain size and weight, cruising with automatic is a better dynamic. A dual clutch automatic is smoother, faster, probably more reliable, and still allows you to select and hold a gear. When you get these vehicles with a high performance envelope, dual-clutch automatic is what brings home the numbers.