OCT 09th 2013

CARS THAT ROCK BREAKFAST CLUB: 1963 GIULIA SPYDER

There can surely have been fewer more deserving candidates for being the prettiest car at breakfast club than this Giulia Spyder, owned by Roger Bone. Bearing in mind that the Italians have something of a track record for producing pretty cars, that’s saying something.

After a fastidious 10 year restoration it gleamed in the Goodwood paddock and almost seemed to challenge passers-by not to stand still and gaze at it for a while. It was that nice.

One of only 303 similar right hand drive cars, Roger not only found it ‘locked up and covered in rubbish,’ but it also had a cracked cylinder head and the owner refused to sell. Obviously he eventually relented and Roger got to work on the resto’, sourcing several hard-to-find pieces at the Festival of Speed.

Unobtainable parts like the window regulator had to be painstakingly stripped, zinc coated, and rebuilt. In fact, the only area which wasn’t restored to original spec’ was the front seats, which were upholstered in leather as opposed to the original vinyl.

Now finished, Roger had to admit that it doesn’t get as much use as it should…although he does have several other classic Alfas to play with. Lucky chap.

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