AUTOROTICA: Alfa Romeo Giulia Giardiniera

The Alfa Romeo Giulia was the mainstream workhorse of the Alfa brand from 1962-78. The sedan was known to be lightweight and was performance-minded, but the boxy shape was not as sexy as the Giuliettas and Spiders design.

The popular Super version had a twin carburetor 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.

While the Saloon (sedan) was ubiquitous on Italian roads, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Super Giardiniera (station wagon) is one of our favorites. Like many station wagons of the day, it could be customized as a delivery van, police vehicle, or any variety of commercial uses. Some see it as lacking the sleek sexy styling for which Alfa Romeo is best known. We call it sexy ugly, and think it worth a highlight in our Autorotica series. Take a look, and you be the judge—sexy ugly, or just ugly?

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