1970 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 1.6 owned by Giuseppe Zeppieri
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
Just in time for Columbus Day weekend, we offer this dashing little Italian sedan that represents Alfa's transfer of racing technology to a road car. The Giulia offers peppy acceleration and spirited handling in a highly practical package, with its 1570 cc, 98-horsepower engine featuring two Weber carburetors, as well as all-around disc brakes that were fitted from the start. This car was part of the Giulia’s first series produced from 1962 to 1972, although it was never officially brought into the U.S. for retail sale. According to Zeppieri, it was imported by the original owner. A distinguishing feature of this model is the serpent crest of the Visconti and Sforza families of Milan that appears on the rear pillar, a symbol that made its way onto the Alfa corporate badge in the early 20th century.
HOW LONG HE’S OWNED IT
Since September 2007
WHERE HE FOUND IT
“I found it through a family member,” he says. “The curves and lines of the car are something that caught my eye instantly.”
Zeppieri treated the Giulia to a chassis-off restoration. “I didn’t even drive it before buying it,” he says. “I saw the car, made an offer and took it to the shop the next night. The following night, I started ripping it apart. I did everything myself with the help of my father. Parts were very hard to find. Body parts all came from overseas.”
TIPS FOR OWNERS
“Don’t ever look at the (restoration) bill,” he advises.
Hagerty, the classic car insurer, estimates the average value at $29,902, with a model in top condition bringing as much as $51,100.
THE BOTTOM LINE
“I don’t know what it is,” says Zeppieri, “but whenever I drive it, everyone turns and looks at it.” We know what it is: it's red and it's an Alfa. 'Nuff said.