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 Carrozzeria Colli and others produced a number of Giulia station wagons, also called "Promiscua". The closed version was used by the police (Carabinieri cinofili, furgonata).  Estimates on numbers vary between 16 (Luigi Fusis' production list) and 500, probably all based on Colli kits. See below for an Alfa Digest posting by John Hertzmann.

Die Giulia TI Promiscua ist hauptsächlich in ihrer geschlossenen Form bekannt, z.B. als Polizeiauto.  Der Alfa-Chronist Luigi Fusi erwähnt 16 produzierte Einheiten. John Hertzmann ist der Meinung, dass nicht nur Colli Promiscuas baute, und es insgesamt zwischen 200 und 500 Exemplare gab.

La Giulia Promiscua fu disegnata da Colli ma probabilmente costruita su Kit di Colli anche da altri. Si stima una produzione total tra 200 e 500 esemplar tra 1968 e 1970.  Per esempio i carabinieri cinofili ne usarono la versione chiusa, che sembra era quella più corrente.

Before the Giulia, Colli and Boneschi produced a number of Giulietta station wagons, named Promiscua and Weekendina.


Below is a 2001 posting by John Hertzmann with some historical information on Giulia and Giulietta Promiscua.

See photo page for an article specific to the Giulia.

Dave Johnson suggests perhaps I could fill in a little on the history of Colli's Alfa wagons. Not really much, I'm afraid.   Alfa's first plunge into production wagons was a very modest one, Colli building 91 (Fusi's numbers) of the Giulietta Promiscua against 131,785 Berlinas and T.I.s, a whopping .00069 market share. (Colli also made an unstated number of stretched Giulietta Berlinas "for ceremonial use", with a purely rectangular rear door, and rear quarter windows which appear to be the size and shape of the standard rear door windows. Both the Promiscua and the stretch limo were mostly, if not all, 101s.) Moretti, Vignale, Zagato and no doubt others also produced cosmetic variants of the standard Giulietta Berlinas, most of them rather ugly, more Detroitish than Milanese. (Think fifties DeSoto.) The Collis were straight translations of the Alfa originals, unadorned.   I would note that I have never seen or heard of a Promiscua version of the 102 or 106 Berlina, Alfa's flagship cars of the period analogous then to the 164 in the late eighties/early nineties.   Numbers are harder to come by on the 105 wagons. Fusi gives sixteen as the number of Giulia Super Promiscuas, 5 lhd + 1 rhd in 1968 and 9 lhd + 1 rhd in 1969. Most of the Collis were T.I.s rather than Supers, and no source I have gives numbers. They were used by the police and by other government offices and also as service vehicles by Alfa distributors and major dealers. A discussion I had with a Dutch dealer, who stated firmly that his Giulia wagon had been built in his own body shop, together with a text statement in d'Amico & Tabucchi that they were also produced on commission by other coachbuilders, suggests to me that Colli not only built some complete cars but also made up kits of the special stampings for others to use in building wagons out of standard Giulia Berlinas. Variable quality-control of kit-built T.I. wagons could account for Alfa doing the later handful of Supers in-house. The how many? question remains unanswered; I would guess something between two hundred and five hundred for government and service vehicles, with probably none offered for sale to walk-in customers, who could still get them from coachbuilders if wanted.