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1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider: Spider Bite

Pininfarina perfection.
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Iris K

Yes! Los Angeles

Iris K

This is my dream Alfa. May I take a ride in it sometime?

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

Yes! Are yo in LA?

Bryan Dickerson
Bryan Dickerson

Thanks for sharing your passion with us Afshin!
Uh…..umm……speaking of sharing, umm…do ya mind if I borrow an Alfa for a week or two? ;^)

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

Drop by and we’ll go for a drive!

Dennis Lucassen
Dennis Lucassen

You have build up something unique in petrolicious, and we love it.
Great video, and a stunning car!

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

Thank you, Dennis! Much appreciated!

Deryl Clark

Thank you for sharing your passion, I look forward to what the new year brings.
About that feminine/masculine design elements.
I really think the Italians master this better than anyone in the motor world.
I ride a Moto Guzzi Griso a brutally elegant design.
While it tilts to the masculine with it’s exposed engine, the curving of the pipes and body work masterfully counter that and give it a grace an elegance that most big V-twins lack.

Franje
Franje

Beautiful film and car. The music was wonderful and fit perfectly with the car!! Could you please list the music used?
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

Thanks! All of our music comes from a commercial music library. They are not by artists that you’d normally find.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too!

wmaloney
wmaloney

I am not sure I can add anything of value to the comments at this point except to say that I too loved the video, love the website, and happy holidays to all of you.
Bill

Eduardo Valverde Silva
Eduardo Valverde Silva

Such a wonderful collection! The Giulietta is one of my dream cars! I also drive a classic Alfa, a GT Junior 1600., and my daily driver is a 166. There is no doubt that Alfa is a very special brand.
Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2019!
Regards
Eduardo
Portugal

Harv Falkenstine
Harv Falkenstine

…just as long as you don’t drive it into the woods and practice shooting melons with a custom rifle. Great piece

nicholas giampetro
nicholas giampetro

Nice pieces on each of your Alfa’s. I have a ’60 Giulietta Sprint, a ’71 GTV and a few other cars. The road feel, sound (and the smell) of the Alfas causes me to choose them more often than the others for my rides.

Klaus Rejkjaer
Klaus Rejkjaer

I have the same combo in the garage – though as a 1962 Giulia Spider and a 1963 Giulia Sprint Speciale. Both in red, but not the same red. We agree on the Pininfarina Spider design being a little feminin (mine is called Sophia), where the SS is much more masculine, even though it doesn’t have a straight line any where as well. Where I live, we are looking forward to spring and summer, and som quality time in the classic cars. Winter is long and dark, and used for maintenance and polishing, so the cars are ready for the… Read more »

Paul Duesler
Paul Duesler

My best friend has the same amazing machine. So visceral and real. As you say, modern cars are a cocoon and miss the opportunity to fully interact. Like making love to a woman who’s isolated in a locked phone booth, very safe but not much of an experience. Light weight, sweldt, and small in size are also traits this car shares with a beautiful woman unlike modern bloated cars.
And of course, as you say the design. Gorgeous from every angle, yes more beautiful than angry. One of Pininfarina‘s masterpieces.

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Christoph Nufer

Hello Afshin That is an interesting point about Pininfarina design being feminin. I always had another explanation for me Pininfarina designed Alfa’s (especially the 1950ies and 1960ies spiders) were more classical designs. When you compare it to Giugiaros Sprint GT this is something else. His 1960ies Sprint or 1970ies Alfetta express Modernism com in a very stylish way. To make it short: for me Pininfarina designed Alfa’s looked back to classical forms, while Giugiaro design always had the future in mind. Agree? Perhaps an exception to this “thesis” is the 1980ies Alfa 164. Although designed by Pirinfarina this was car… Read more »

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

Hi Christopher,
Yes, see my reply to Matt below. If I’m not mistaken, indeed Alfa chose the Pininfarina design over the Bertone one for the spider precisely because it was more classic (perhaps even more safe, conservative).
Cheers!

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Merry Christmas to you and your family Afshin. Great film as always. The comment about Pininfarina designs being more feminine than the other carrozzeria’s I found interesting. Having given it some thought I think Pininfarina has favoured a simple elegance over perhaps more aggressive shapes from say Bertone and Zagato over the years, but not necessarily that they are feminine. Many of their Ferrari Berlinetta designs such as the 250SWB (Sergio Pininfarina’s favourite design) mix elegance with brutalality like Sean Connery in a dinner jacket. Having said that Pininfarina’s output for Alfa has certainly produced some more feminine shapes than… Read more »

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

Merry Christmas to you, too, Matt. Hope you and Danielle had a great time in Paris.
Good points about the various designs. Indeed, I had Pininfarina’s Alfa designs in mind when I made the comment. Especially when compared with their contemporary Bertone, Zagato, or Ghia designs, Pininfarina ‘s Alfa lines are the most feminine to me.
But you’re absolutely right about classic elegance. I think that’s a more accurate description that works equally well on their non-Alfa designs.

Calonego
Calonego

Beautiful cars Afshin! Love the passione!
Wonderful site – the videos and of course, the cars.

Grazie Mille!
Jordan

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

Thank you, Jordan!

Russ Wollman
Russ Wollman

During a period of years—and you who know Alfas know when that was—Alfa’s creations were what I call the most Italian cars. They were simple, light and playful in form, exuberant in spirit. They were instantly approachable, endearing, innocently sexy and classically beautiful. And then there’s that name…just the sound of that name is enough to send you.

I have never owned one. But I know. And still I dream of “il futuro, con una maccchina come quello.”

Tanti Auguri!

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Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

Thanks, Russ!
That’s a very accurate assessment of Alfa’s golden years.
Enjoy the lovely 124 Spider, it’s a beauty!

Charles Brandi
Charles Brandi

My Dad had a red 1958 Spyder. What fond memories. Thanks for sharing your cars and your enthusiasm.

Paul Duesler
Paul Duesler

What a wonderful gift, this film in particular, and Petrolicious in general. Thank you! True artistic understanding of automotive joy.
Great to see the founder enjoying his passion.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

This is a great video isn’t it? Nice to see and hear the man behind the videos, and with this iconic car; the car that defined so much of what a light weight front engine, rear wheel drive car, could be when the car was built around a little, high-revving, double over-head cam engine.

Dennis White
Dennis White

A great present to open up Christmas morning for an Alfista! Actually, Petrolicious is a great gift all year long (full disclosure, Afshin refuses to pay me even a dime for saying this) and thanks so much. Happy Holidays to everyone and metal to the pedal!

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

Thank you, Dennis! (check your PayPal account 😁 )

Dwight Watts
Dwight Watts

Afshin, I would like to thank you personally for the best automotive site on the web.
I love your passion for driving; I’m 71 and I drive a modified 2016 Mazda MX5 and I’ll keep driving it until my knees tell me to pass it on. We are kindred spirits. Thanks again.

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

It’s truly been my pleasure, Dwight!
Kindred spirits indefinitely! Enjoy the MX5 in good health.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

So you’ve got the ND Miata. Those are nice cars. About 155hp, and 2350lbs curb weight. So about 500lbs heavier than an Alfa Spider, and not quite twice the Hp. And they drive like a real roadster, with the weight low, front power & rear wheel drive, with 50/50 balance.

Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis

great scenery, even greater car, an iconic Alfa Romeo of the 50’s