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Hi all
I’m in the middle of finishing restoration on a 1969 Giulia Super 1600 Biscione and my question is, should I install a right side view mirror or not? Your opinion is appreciated.

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Hi Pino,
I would not install it. I prefer the clean lines of the Giulia with less obstructions in the way. I'll assume you won't be driving the car everyday in traffic.
 

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My gut feeling says don’t do it but I really want to hear the opinion of the group.

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In terms of originality, I don't imagine they came with a right side mirror. I'll look at Patrick Dasse's book to see. I think at the time only the US was requiring right side mirrors, and there were no Supers coming in by 1969.

I say, if you want it for safety's sake or like the looks, do it. If you don't, or lean toward originality, don't.

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My 74 GTV never had a right side mirror, and I keep looking on that side to check traffic. I did purchase a pair of identical mirrors but could never drill the sheet metal to install the second one. And the I figured, if I installed a flat glass mirror on the right door in a symmetrical position to the one on the left door, it would be useless.

So I keep twisting my head, and yes, I drive the GTV to work in everyday traffic.

Andrew, the right side mirrors became a safety requirement well into the 80s.
 

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Pino,

I think the real question here is do you think it would be helpful for you to have a PS door mirror to help you negotiate traffic and parking? If so, get one.

I checked Google images and found more Supers w/o PS mirrors than with them, but who cares? Some Supers are driven w/o any bumpers.

Bro; this is your car. If you choose to have a PS mirror, and later change your mind; remove it and have the holes filled and spot painted.

NO ONE here will tell you that you made the wrong choice, either way ;)

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I looked at the Dasse book. No car has even a left mirror at the factory til the Nuova Super, must be 1974ish. The only car pictured with a right mirror is a Giulia service wagon (no side windows) with mirrors way out on the fenders, as Japanese market cars have.

As I understand it, US cars had their Lucas cranked-support mirror installed on the driver's side once they got here, at the distributor or dealer.

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Thumbing through Fusi, it is peculiar that the press photos depicting new sedans and coupes never show an exterior mirror but Spider photos do, from the 101 Spider Veloce up. Starting in 1975 with the Alfetta 1,8, Alfasud Giardinetta, Giulia Diesel, they all do.
 

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as you know the visibility in a Giulia is awesome! leave it off is my vote.
Right on the nail. As I drive my Alfa to work on a regular basis, the contrast with the visibility in my "daily driver" is enormous. Visibility has degraded on recent cars as a result of obsessive impact regulations: you are fully protected when you hit what you haven't seen.
 

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I also have a 69 Giulia Super Biscione, originally sold in Italy. It does not have a passenger side mirror. I have just become used to driving without one, and typically crank my head to the right when I need to see the right lane next to me. And as others have mentioned, the big greenhouse really helps.
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Hi, yes I have decided not to install a right side mirror. I do very well without on my other cars and I’m sure I will be fine on the Giulia.
Now that you mentioned I do found it odd that the left mirror was installed with two Sheetmetal screws only drilled on the door without a backing plate, you can definitely tell it was not done at the factory but at the dealer.

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