Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
This 1966 Alfa Romeo is a vision of retro perfection - from the Verde Muschio paint to the brown and cream interior, everything about it exudes old-school class.
As utilitarian and functional a model as the Giulia may have been, Alfa nevertheless built them with the customary flair and zip that you'd expect; the revvy 1,290cc four-pot is a lightweight twin-cam, while the crisp three-box styling is the sort of form that reveals more details the more you pore over it. The earlier four-headlamp nose that was fitted to this in the 1980s glints in the light like a bag of diamonds, and the kinks in the bootlid make something sculptured and beautiful out of what could have been simply a flat surface. The whole thing is very pretty indeed.
Oh, and the police used them in The Italian Job, which makes them even cooler. OK, they couldn't keep up with the Minis, but that's probably not totally realistic...
Spotted at MATP 2014 - click here for more photos.