It's always difficult to succeed a legend. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta had to experience this when it took over from the mythical Giulia. For fans of the Milanese brand, the summer of 1977 must have been a moment of shock for all time. Here was the unique Giulia - and there came a wedge.
Not only the friends of Alfa Romeo were shocked. The German press also worked on Ermanno Cressoni's design. Comparisons to an East German Wartburg, which was disrespectfully referred to as a Thuringian biscuit tin, were the most harmless comparisons. Cressoni was even blamed for the brand's demise.
It is undisputed that the Giulietta was a sharp break with the previous design language of Alfa Romeo. But it was misunderstood and the Centro Stile under Ermanno Cressoni was simply a few years ahead of its time.
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