Small displacement, major style: 1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 ti

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The Alfa 1300 ti was an upgrade of the basic economy sedan

Alfa Romeo’s response to the economy-sedan competition in Europe was the Giulia 1300, an attractive 4-door sedan that brought Alfa’s style and sportiness into the 1300 cc class of small cars.

The Giulia 1300 ti was an upgrade of the basic model, powered by the same 1.3-liter DOHC inline-4 as the 1300 GT Junior, a sporty coupe.  The free-revving engine was fed by a single downdraft carburetor and generated 81 horsepower.

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The body design is surprisingly aerodynamic

The Pick of the Day is a 1969 Alfa Romeo 1300 ti in what appears to be as-new condition after a complete restoration.

The seller, a dealer in Sherman Oaks, California, advertising the Italian sedan on ClassicCars.com, wraps up the ad description in a single sentence.

“This amazing 1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 TI has been restored, the inside dashboard and steering wheel are in great condition, original rubber floor mats, black mesh grille with three horizontal chrome bars, all-metal hubcaps, runs fantastic,” the ad says.

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The small 4-cylinder engine has a number of engineering refinements

The small amount of other information in the ad specs shows that the car has just 8,309 miles on its odometer, presumably reset after restoration.   The Alfa also should have a 5-speed manual transmission, which was standard for that year in the 1300 ti.

The Giulia looks very straight in its pale-blue paint, with the gallery of photos with the ad showing what seems like a professional, well-executed restoration.  The comfortable-looking gray interior has a fresh look.

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These lightweight sedans are a hoot to drive on tightly curving back roads, with their well-engineered suspensions and flexible engine power, where the maximum thrust is found north of 5,000 rpm.  Very Italian, from the nation of wannabe Formula 1 drivers.

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The interior looks pleasantly cozy

While the body looks boxy, the Giulia sedans actually were quite aerodynamic, with the designers using a wind tunnel to tweak the shape.  The coefficient of drag is rated at 0.34, which is notably slippery for a 1960s sedan.

While the Giulia 1300 ti is not an especially sought-after collector car, it does present the elements that spin the wheels of Alfa enthusiasts: a lusty DOHC 4 with quick steering and tuned suspension.

The asking price of $19,995 seems reasonable for a Giulia in such immaculate condition.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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