Alfa Romeo Giulietta Barchetta 1981
Coachwork by Dall'Ara
Chassis no. DU 003
* Unique coachbuilt Italian sports car
* Tubular steel spaceframe chassis
* Aluminium coachwork
* Alfa Romeo Giulietta mechanicals
As well as its motor manufacturers, both large and small, Italy has long been famed for its innovative coachbuilding industry, whose myriad independent specialists have long been the first choice of the world's carmakers whenever something really special was required. The car offered here though, was not commissioned by a major manufacturer but a private individual (its previous owner) who approached Forli-based coachbuilder Ugo Dall'Ara around 1980.
Ugo Dall'Ara was a restorer and builder of a number of replica cars, which were often mistaken for the originals that they were inspired by. The car on offer is not a replica though, but a unique design of Dall'Ara's. Using an Alfa Romeo Giulietta as the basis, Dall'Ara completed this beautiful Barchetta circa 1981. The chassis is a steel spaceframe fabrication with oval-section tubing, which carries a striking aluminium body reminiscent of the classic sports-racing prototypes of the 1950s and '60s. The dependable 1,290cc Giulietta four-cylinder twin-overhead-camshaft engine produces a maximum of some 88bhp, which is more than enough to endow a car with an estimated dry weight of just 660kg with breathtaking performance.
The previous owner is believed to have kept the Dall'Ara Barchetta for some 35 years before selling it to the current vendor. Please note that the car is not currently road registered; it is offered with a Bill of Sale only and a technical data sheet issued by the late Ugo Dall'Ara.
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