1969 Giulia Super Biscione
Something happened to my first post, so I am going to try again here. My name is Bill Maloney, and I wanted to introduce myself and my new baby, a 1969 Italian market Giulia Super Biscione, AR884307. First of all I have been lurking on this forum since last year, learning as much as I could before I ever made a purchase, thanks to the wealth of helpful posts, files, and photos you have all compiled over the years. I can't thank you enough, and realize I still have a lot to learn. Back to my story - my daily driver is a 2017 Giulia TI AWD. I do have one other classic car, which is kind of an oddball. It is a Fiat 1500 Cabriolet, the precursor to the Fiat 124. Good looking but not exactly exhilarating to drive. I have a trusted Sicilian mechanic in Chicago who has done great work on it for me, and it is usually the only one of its kind wherever I take it. But I longed for a driver's car, one that I could take more than one passenger in, and one that would be practical for longer road trips. So last fall I asked my mechanic if he knew of anyone who had a Super that might be interested in selling it. And my jaw dropped when he said "I have one". Turns out he imported this car after finding it in Brescia a few years ago. Before that it was in Milan, and the libretto shows that it was originally in Cortina. Anyway, over here he sorted it - brakes, suspension, clutch, front seat belts, electronic ignition, alternator, and driver's seat replacement. And then the biggie - swapped the 1.6 for a 2.0 from a rusted out 1974 Berlina that he rebuilt and polished (AR01500*13798). He wasn't looking to sell it, but after thinking about it and the stable of other Italian classics that he has he eventually decided to part with it. Plus I told him he would still see it for regular maintenance, and he wouldn't have to work on it for free any more! I think the purchase price was fair considering the restored condition of the car.
Boy is it fun to drive! I keeping asking the family if anyone wants me to run any errands. The car is in nice condition with really no rust to speak of. One respray in its original beige cava. The only glaring issues that I see right now are that I want to swap the newer radio with one that is more period correct, there is something else nasty stuck on the dash that I will have to try to remove, the interior lights work manually but not with the little plungers that activate them, I have one burned out high beam, and I eventually want to put seat belts in the back as well. In due time. In the meantime I am thoroughly enjoying myself.
1969 Giulia Super Biscione
2017 Giulia TI AWD
1965 Fiat 1500 Cabriolet