Solid Project: 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia

This 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia represents a major restoration project, but unlike so many of these that we see here at Barn Finds, it appears that the worst of the rust issues with the car are actually visible on the outside of the car, and not hidden away out of sight. Located in Homosassa, Florida, the Alfa is listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding is currently sitting at $4,000, although the reserve hasn’t been met.

The first thing to note about the Alfa is that it hasn’t always been finished in its current shade of green. There is plenty of evidence suggesting that it started life finished in the much more attractive Medium Blue, but it isn’t clear when this change occurred. Rust is visible in the lower extremities of the doors, fenders, quarter panels, and around the rear wheel arches. Maybe it’s due to its storage in the past, but it all seems to be worse on the passenger side of the car. The rockers and floors look remarkably solid, although the state of the floors has probably been assisted by the liberal coating of oil that the drive-train has seen fit to apply in numerous areas under the car. The owner actually purchased the Alfa as a project many years ago, and never got to it. The car has remained stored indoors for all of that time, which certainly wouldn’t have hurt it at all.

The interior of the Giulia appears to be complete, but it is definitely in need of a full restoration. Exactly how this proceeds will very much depend on what the next owner decides to do with exterior paint color. It looks like the black upholstery on the seats is pretty good, and that could be retained due to the fact that it’s a neutral color. The rest of the trim may need to be changed to compliment the exterior color. One thing that is included is the dash out of a Super, which means that with this fitted, the Giulia would finish up with a far more attractive and sporty gauge cluster, as well as the attractive wood-grain fascia.

The original engine for the Alfa has gone “bye-bye” at some point, but there is another engine that goes with the car. This is a 1,750cc unit that was removed from a rusty car some time back, and it did run when it was removed. The transmission is sitting in the trunk of the car, along with numerous other bits and pieces for the car. These include the intake and carburetor, the alternator, clutch, distributor, and some exhaust components. There is also a fair collection of items sitting inside the car as well.

One thing that can be said about Alfa Romeo enthusiasts is that they are a group of people who are almost invariably passionate about their cars. I’m sure that there are a few who are looking at this one and can picture in their mind’s eye just what it would be like once restored. I hope that this will be the ultimate fate of this one because it really does deserve it.

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Comments

  1. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    The Polizia (Italy) LOVED these!

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  2. Kevin Harper

    Wow 4k plus for a project, times have changed. I purchased my first GTV in much better shape than this for 5k and at that time the sedans were throwaway 1000 dollar cars.

    They are still not super expensive and I can find pretty nice ones for 20 to 25, and you can’t make this one that nice for 20k.

    The 1750 is a good engine choice, but you are going to have to go through it as well as all the running gear. The rust is always worse than it seems. I don’t know where you go with this car, it makes no sense to restore it to normal, so it will probably end up as either a vintage track car or the basis for a full on Alfaholics style build.

    Having said that these are a ton of fun to drive, not drag race fast but very quick and forgiving in the curves. Oh these cars despite appearances were really very aerodynamic and one of the first cars to be developed in the wind tunnel Cd was something around 0.34 which was astounding for a car in the 60’s

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  3. t-bone Bob

    Nice. Looks like a good place to start.

  4. Rev Rory

    How much for the skiff?

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    • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

      And what’s that behind it in the overhead doorway? Looks interesting..another Alfa?

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      • t-bone Bob

        It’s a Sprint

  5. Unobtanium Matt

    My first car was a Giulia Ti. I had so much fun in that thing. Sadly, I was hit head-on by a drunk driver. No seat belts but the hang-on-or-die system worked fine and I wasn’t even hurt. Car never saw the road again as the front end looked like it had been worked by Rocky Balboa.

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  6. Paul Duce

    Better getting a straight more original car to start with, how about this one a 1972 Series II 1300 Super, a 1 owner car from Arezzo Italy, although refreshed on the paintwork many years ago in that wonderful period colour of Faggio Brown with Grey cloth & vinyl trim. classics-cabriolets.com

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