Barn Find: 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

Here is yet another 1963 Alfa Romeo Guilietta; there has been no dearth of them on Barn Finds that’s for sure. And as with most, this example is advertised as a barn find that is for restoration. The listing’s text is light but the images abound so let’s look it over and see how much of a project the next owner will be taking on. This Alfa Spider is located in Cookeville, Tennessee and is available, here on eBay for a current bid of $6,600, reserve not yet met.

Of the ’63 Alfa Guilietta Spiders that we have covered, this is one of the rougher examples. The seller states, “Thought to be complete; with the exception of the windshield glass, the driver side door glass, and one dash gauge“. There are numerous parts scattered about, and in boxes, but it appears that that’s the way this Alfa has been for a very long time. The body actually shows to be straight, and free of rot-through, but the surface rust, and what looks like peeling Bondo, has marred seemingly every square inch of this two-seater. What trim is still in place is questionable too. There is no evidence of a convertible top or frame being present but that’s not known emphatically.

The 1.3 liter, DOHC, in-line, four-cylinder engine does not appear to have run in many moons and is revealing a goodly number of missing components. Being a single carburetor model, it’s probably a 74 HP variant employed between ’61 and ’64 but that is not known with certainty. The seller mentions that the engine turns over but he may mean literally as it’s “loose“, which sounds like it’s not attached to its mounts. The four-speed manual transmission is now resting in the passenger compartment.

Speaking of the passenger compartment, unfortunately, it is pretty well ruined. While not stated, it has probably spent a lot of time outdoors and uncovered, how unfortunate! It’s hard to get a good look at the floors but what can be spied seem solid, just covered with surface rust and detritus. As claimed, the seats are present but the bare frames are probably the only usable parts. The instrument panel is missing one gauge from its binnacle but it’s not stated which one. As for the other two, they may require full restoration given their observed state.

So what happened? It would seem that someone started a complete refurbishment some time back, dismantled this Guilietta, scraped down the body, and then lost interest. The visual condition of the engine would make one think that it has been years since any attention has been paid to this poor Alfa. I’ve had a soft spot for these Guilietta Spiders but I cannot imagine what’s driving the current bid/interest. This example looks over and out, what’s your assessment?


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  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Going to have to love Alfas a whole bunch to dive into this one as a restoration.

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  2. On and On On and On Member

    Great write up Mr. Odonnell, honest and informative. I like old Alfas and this will go to someone considering the rarity of parts.

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  3. Arby

    Must have been a tough barn

  4. Fahrvergnugen Fahrvergnugen Member

    Barn musta been built for submarines…new owner will never be above water if the intent is to drive again, but that’s why these are only for the diehard Alfisti.

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  5. Geoff

    Jim, This one is the 1600cc. They started putting the 1600 motor and 5 speed in late 1962. The only body difference is the hood “scoop’ on the 1600.

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    • Jim ODonnell Staff

      OK thx, I couldn’t figure it out.


  6. Martin Horrocks

    Geoff is right ( check the VIN) that this would be a 101 series Giulia with that bonnet, enhanced value as more performance and fewer built. It would be interesting to know if this has front disc or drum brakes.

    Missing screen is most problematic, but should be found s/h somewhere. Have seen these in worse condition than this car! It depends on what else is missing, but feels better value project than the 1750GTV. First stop, FCA Classiche to find out original colour scheme.

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  7. Marco

    Blub, blub, blub. Underwater on restorations costs for this one. Hope someone rescues it though.

  8. Karen Bryan

    Whoever let this beautiful machine fall into its present state should be horsewhipped.

    • t-bone BOB


  9. Araknid78

    Ended:Jun 25, 2021 , 5:00PM
    Current bid:US $8,300.00[ 15 bids ]
    Reserve not met

    Seller has relisted this item:

    Buy it now price: $8500

  10. t-bone BOB

    Ended: Jun 27, 2021
    Price: US $8,500.00

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