In 1964 Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo introduced a range of small cars: the Giulia 1300, 1300TI and the 1300 Super. These three versions of the Giulia all came in a four-door design and a version of a twin-cam 1290 cc engine. The cars came with five-speed transmission and front disc brakes with the TI having more power at 82bhp. Between 1964 and 1972 over a quarter of a million Giulia 1300s were manufactured.
The Giulia 1300
The 1300 was a compact and economical card that was produced from 1964 to 1970. The only Giulia not made with a five-speed gearbox (it had a four-speed), the 1300 also featured a 1290 cc single-carbureator engine, which was more or less the same found in the Giulietta Ti. The 1300 was mainly sold in Italy.
The Giulia 1300 Ti
From 1965 to 1972 the 1300 Ti was produced, with the right hand drive model being replaced in 1970 by the 1300 Super. The Ti had a 1290 cc 105 series engine similar to the one found in the GT 1300 Junior coupe, a sportier model, but with a different induction system and camshaft timing.
The 1300 Ti was also designed as a five-speed with a three spoke steering wheel made of Bakelite and a dashboard that would be later updated in 1968 to look more like the Super. Other features like the suspension and updates to the tires and wheels were also added at that time. Additional changes were made in 1970 on the left hand drive models, including the additional of a center handbrake, top hinged pedals, larger handles on the outside of the car and dual circuit brakes.
The Giulia 1600 S and the Super 1300
The 1600 S was a lower end model (Tipo 105.85) that came out in 1968 and was between the 1300 and 1300 Ti and the Super in terms of performance. The 1600 S would eventually be replaced by the 1300 Super in 1970, which was a 1300 Ti with two double-choke carburetors and the GT 1300 Junior Coupe engine. Two years later this model would evolve into the Giulia Super 1.3 and Super 1.6.
The Giulia Super 1.3 and 1.6
The Super 1300 Tipo 115.09 and the Super Tipo 105.26 were released again in 1972, this time called the Super 1.3 and 1.6, respectively. The main difference was the engine size, upped to 1570 cc in the re-released models, and the cars’ final drive ratio.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is quite the iconic model for the company and in 2012 will be reintroduced as a “compact executive car,” which will be replacing the current 159. According to current information the 2012 model will be available both as a wagon and a sedan. It will also be the first Alfa sold in the United States since the 8C Competizione stopped being sold in 1995.