Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 1.3
My wife’s always had a thing about Alfas. She reckons they’re sexy. So the squeal of delight as we drove through Kato Paphos wasn’t she’d won the lottery, it was she’d seen an old Alfa.
A couple of days later we were passing that way again, so stopped to check it out. Sure enough, parked next to a skip was an Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 1.3. Gently decrepit, it wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry, and it hadn’t for a long time. And of course we had the joke about which was the Alfa, the car or the skip.
The model dates back originally to the early 1960s; this example to 1972-4. For it’s time, it was a reasonably sporty motor. Alfa were one of the pioneers of putting high-performing engines into light weight cars. Coupled to that, it was an early example of attention to drag, making for an efficient and fun driver’s car.
This version was produced between 1972 and 1974 in both 1.3 and 1.6 versions. The two models featured the same equipment, interior and exterior trim, differing only in engine size (1290 cc and 1570 cc) and final drive ratio. A small Alfa Romeo badge on the C-pillar is a distinguishing feature, as are hubcaps with exposed wheel nuts.
Given its age, this one has obviously benefitted from being in Cyprus warm climate. Alfas of this era was notorious rust buckets. Does it go? No idea, but it looks like it might. It’s obviously sat where it is for some significant time. Like it? It’s even for sale! Check it out, it’s by the traffic lights at the junction of the Kato Paphos bypass and Giannou Kranidioti.