Alfa Romeo Giulia Super

Courtesy of Alfa Romeo Automobile Henry DeKuyper
Alfa Romeo Giulia Super

FRONT VIEW

10. The generous curve of the windshield fairs into the body side for excellent penetration without excessive turbulence.

11. This panel is held in place by the wiper shafts and lifts off for easy access to the wiper motor and linkages, an obvious link to French practice acquired when Alfa assembled Renaults in its Milan factory.

12. The four headlamps were of standard sizes, making it easy to substitute required sealed-beam units in the U.S. Manyowners changed back to Italian high beams.

13. There's nothing elegant or imaginative to these pure rectangular lamps, very much a product of an engineering department "meet the performance specifications and basta" attitude.

14. The beautiful Alfa grille owes as much to Carrozzeria Touring as to Alfa's own designers. It is used modestly but elegantly here.

15. Ah, the purity of Alfa before Fiat got it in 1986. . . look at the ribs on the wide sump, used as a cooling element as well as a lubricant reservoir.

16. This badge is owner-added, not standard for the well-balanced front end design.

17. Notice how the indented areas on the roof and waistline reduce total frontal area and channel air cleanly down thesides. Seems insignificant, but the results are there.

INTERIOR VIEW

18. Instrument cluster is highly legible and gives a very sporting feel to the rather plain interior.

19. A black plastic rim is not luxurious, but the wheel is quite beautiful, very much in the Alfa GT tradition, and the plastic is very high quality.

20. Giulia Supers have a floor shift, which is much better than the five-speed column shift used on all Giulia sedans up to 1964. 21. The toggle switch array is a knee-breaker, but it looks cool and is easy to use.

22. Bottom-hinged pedals are a clear indication of age in a car that was conceived almost fifty years ago.

23. The ignition switch to the left of the steering column is strange for most people, but perhaps not to Porsche drivers.

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Jim Cavanaugh at CurbsideClassics.com made an interesting observation about this car. The C-pillar, back window, and trunk-lid all share a startling similarity with those of the 1959 Edsel Ranger sedan.

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