1968 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti: First Impressions
We finally have it! After a long wait the stars finally aligned and the little Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Sedan is finally part of the ItalianCar fleet. And was it worth the wait? You betcha!
We picked the car up from Automotion on Brisbane’s north side and picked our way through the lunchtime traffic getting used to the sounds and smells (I’d forgotten about the heady aroma of old Italian cars) of our new steed. The heavy steering, caused by the super grippy Toyo track day boots, dissipated as we gathered speed and I could start to enjoy the delicate poise of the 50 year suspension design. The occasional open stretch of road allowed me test the cars pulling power and I was impressed by its combination of willingness to rev and low end grunt – looking forward to exploiting that in the coming months.
Of course I graunched the gears before the gearbox had warmed up, I couldn’t breathe in the too-tight static belts and the wipers were next to useless during the shower of rain we received as we crossed the bridge heading south, but I was well and truly smitten. As familiarity and confidence grew the throttle was blipped on every down change, as I heel-and-toed through the back streets of Woollongabba and the soundtrack bouncing back off the walls and parked cars was like a serenade from a long lost lover.
Welcome back classic motoring, welcome back Alfa Romeo.