The engine bay VIN plate shows a prefix code of 10119 gd. Along with a chassis number of AR *383171, translates to a model produced in 1963 and more specifically the Tipo 101.19. The “gd” or “guida a destra” translates to “drive on the right”. The car’s right hand drive specification is further backed by the fact that the car has the main beam dip switch on the steering column, the dash centrally displaying the light switch and cigarette lighter with the wipers, fan and panel lights controlled by toggle switches below the dash.
The engine number AR00526 *03231* relates to the factory specification capacity of 1570 cc and the raised bonnet of this car is factory correct for the 101.19 model. Just 404 RHD Giulia 1600 Spiders were produced specifically for the UK, Australian and South African market.
In 2014 the owner commissioned Barkaways to carry out a full and comprehensive restoration of AR *383171. The ethos being to restore the car to Concours standard and return the car to factory specification, thus presenting this 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider as new.
The car was completely media blasted and stripped back to bare metal. Works also included a major engine and gearbox rebuild, along with all mechanical components including brakes and suspension. The car has been repainted in stunning Celeste blue and the interior re-trimmed in dark blue. The project took two years to complete with each stage of the restoration having been recorded and photographed.