Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 1600 (1969)
4-cylinder (98 PS, 1570 cc) dohc-1.6-litre-engine
In 1962 Alfa Romeo launched the extremely successful Giulia Berlina (sedan) with its characteristical “bone tail” (1962 – 1974).
This Alfa Romeo Giulia (105 series) was launched the first one a manufacturer put a powerful engine in a light-weight car for mainstream production.
In several disciplines it ran much better than the ’02 series’ of BMW and could even give Porsche-drivers a scare.
The Giulia weighed about 1,000 kilograms. The car was equipped with a light alloy twin overhead camshaft (dohc) four-cylinder engine, similar to that of the earlier Giulietta models range.
Engine capacities offered were 1.3-litre (1290 cc) or 1.6-litre (1570 cc). Various configurations of carburetors and tuning produced power outputs from about 78 to about 112 hp (57 to 82 kW).
Almost all Giulias made had a 5-speed manual transmission and later disc brakes at all four wheels. Giulias were noted for their lively performance among sedans of that era, especially considering the modest engine size.
The performance was better than many sports cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The styling was quite straight forward, but with a great amount of detail. The engine bay, cabin and boot were all square shaped. But the grill, the rooflines and details on the bonnet and boot made for an integrated design from bumper to bumper. It was also a car with a particularly low drag coefficient for that era. For example, the drag coefficient of the Giulia was lower than that of a Porsche 911 from the same period. (© en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_Giulia)