Big things with little cars

Spaghetti Saturday: Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 TI

For me, the Giulia is the epitome of the Italian Sports Sedan. It was produced from 1962 to 1978 - that’s a good long time. Which pretty much proves how right the concept and design was in the first place.


Engine capacities offered were 1.3-litre (1,290 cc) or 1.6-litre (1,570 cc). Various configurations of carburetors and tuning produced power outputs from about 80 to about 110 bhp (55 to 75 kW). Almost all Giulias made had a 5-speed manual transmission. Giulias were noted for their lively performance among sedans of that era, especially considering the modest engine size. The popular Super version with the twin carburettor 1.6 litre engine had a top speed of 170 km/h (106 mph). 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) took about 12 seconds. This performance was better than many sports cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s. There was also a Diesel option for a few years, but let’s not talk about that.

The model is of course another classic Dinky casting resurrected by Atlas. It features opening bonnet and boot:


And “steering by finger pressure”: push the suspension down on one side, and the car will turn into that corner. A lovely feature.


Being a French Dinky, the head lights are the regulation yellow, as is the licence plate. And it’s got one of those nice period drawings on the box - another clearly happy couple, driving down a mountain pass towards an Alpine lake. Happy Motoring!

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