For Sale - 1977 Giulia Nuova Super
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Super is a secret worth knowing and will surely be discovered before too long. The Giulia, with five seats, large boot, twin cam engine, five-speed gearbox, servo-assisted disc brakes on all four wheels, and with great visibility and comfort, allowed families to enjoy sports car performance whilst carrying out the family duties. Designed in a wind tunnel, the resulting Giulia in 1962 had the same drag coefficient as a Porsche 911, which gave the added benefit of good fuel consumption and quiet cruising for the period.
This example, first registered in February 1977, was originally supplied with a 1300 engine which has since been replaced with larger and free revving 1750cc unit, thus giving more power and torque than the smaller capacity engine; great for European tours and rallies. This Giulia has been imported from Greece and therefore, is in very good order, especially the undersides. There has been much expenditure recently including, a glass out repaint, alloy wheels, new tyres and exhaust. Its paintwork is resplendent in Alfa Romeo Rosso and the interior, being very functional, has been re-trimmed in the correct black leatherette. 'Proper' instruments inform the driver whilst the seating position gives comfort and allows good control with, what is effectively, a sports car with four doors. Its not until you drive a Giulia, do you understand why it is considered, amongst Alfa Romeo fans, one of the best cars built by Alfa Romeo. The twin cam rasp and slick gearbox encourage you to seek out twisty roads; it’s great fun and very practical.
A friend, who recently took possession of a Giulia, said to me, “John, I have owned Ferraris and Porsches, but I have never driven anything as good as this”.
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1963 Triumph Spitfire with Le Mans coachwork
Triumph ran three racing Spitfires during the 1964 and 1965 Le Mans 24 Hours race with 1147cc, four cylinder engines, alloy coachwork and a glass fibre coupé style roof. Having won their class in 1965, Triumph wanted to enter a six-cylinder Spitfire for the 1966 event under the F.I.A. Appendix J category to compete with Porsche. The six-cylinder Spitfire was to be called the GT6R (the production GT6 not being launched until July 1966) and was to run with either fuel injection or with triple carburettors. It was to be built on one of the existing Le Mans four-cylinder cars. 175 bhp was confidently expected that would give an estimated top speed of 160 mph. However, the 1966 proposed regulations would lead to too many differences, resulting with the car having to run in the prototype category where it would certainly have been un-competitive. With this and financial strains upon Triumph, the competitions programme at Triumph was run down and the project was abandoned.
Fast forward to 1989 and a project began to reproduce a lightweight car in the spirit of the racing Spitfires and the GT6R of the 1960s. A Yorkshire engineer, Graham Pearce, conceived the concept of a replica of that abandoned prototype. The design would have a strong, semi monocoque moulded body tub with an integral steel frame for strength and bonnet that would easily replace the existing body and bonnets of the Triumph Spitfire and GT6. In doing so, T6 Panel Craft was born. Graham produced only 20 bodies, before he retired.
This extraordinary motor car was built by Graham and was constructed on a 1963 Triumph Spitfire. The project aim was to keep as close as possible to the 1965 prototype. Its registration number echoes the period competition Spitfires who wore the ADU number plates. ADU 5A has a fabulous specification; these include; a 2.0 litre straight six Triumph engine with a Peter Burgess head, a Type 9 close ratio five speed gearbox and a Quaife limited slip differential. The suspension is uprated with aluminium hubs at the front whilst at the rear, CV drive shafts and an aluminium lower wishbone conversion that stops the infamous Spitfire rear wheel tuck under. The powerful six-cylinder engine delivering power low down but it is not until the revs reach 4,000 rpm that this fabulous car takes on another life. With the CV jointed driveshafts and lower wishbones, handling is exceptional with corners taken with the utmost confidence.
This Triumph attended the 2018 Le Mans Classic and was described as being the best demonstration at Arnage on the Friday evening. The car was also seen by Derek Bell, five times winner of Le mans who, kindly, signed the roof.
This car is also regularly seen at many other events including the Brooklands Double Twelve, Kop Hill and Goodwood Member’s Meetings. ADU 5A also attended the 2014 and 2016 Le Mans Classic; whilst visiting the 2016 event, the car was test driven by Claude Dubois, then, aged in his eighties. Claude drove the car in a very spirited way belying his age. He commented how lively the car was and how much it reminded him of his drive in the ‘Works’ Triumph Spitfire at Le Mans in 1965; Claude has signed the driver’s side roof.
Recently valued at £70,000, ADU 5A reflects the spirit of the 1960’s Triumph racing cars and represents a fabulous tribute to a bygone age of Le Mans motor racing.
Valued at £70,000, ADU 5A reflects the spirit of the 1960’s Triumph racing cars and represents a fabulous tribute to a bygone age of Le Mans motor racing.
Sold - 1970 Jaguar XJ6 Series One 4.2 litre
This is an early chrome dialled XJ6 4.2 litre with automatic gearbox.